Where can the homeless in the South Bay go for temporary shelter? Those at the homeless encampment at Lomita Blvd and McCoy Ave and other areas can go to the Bridge Home in San Pedro, at the Port of Los Angeles near the USS Iowa. Opened this July 2020 and operated by nonprofit Harbor Interfaith, the shelter has 100 beds separated in cubicles in a shiny, new prefabricated structure. But for the COVID pandemic, the shelter would provide onsite mental health, substance abuse, and other counseling services. Clients can stay for 90 days, with an opportunity to extend their stay.
Thank you to the owners of AR Workshop, Bravo! Music School, Express Employment, Paul’s Photo, and Torrance Tavern for taking time out to share how the pandemic has impacted your Torrance businesses.
We had a in-depth conversation about how the state can constructively help and support small businesses in the area. This has been a tough year for small businesses due to the COVID-19 crisis. I will continue to do all I can to help them survive and thrive during this difficult time.
Thank you to the South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce (SBACC) for inviting me to speak during their virtual Legislative Summit with South Bay Legislative partners. Pre-COVID-19, our Capitol halls would be bustling with many organizations and individuals who are making their annual legislative visits. Happy to meet virtually and talk about what I’ve been working on in Sacramento to help small businesses and what to expect in the days ahead.
Palos Verdes is beautiful but the constantly shifting and eroding land on the southern side of the peninsula presents a major challenge in maintaining PV Drive South and the sewer system. Thank you Rancho Palos Verdes city leaders for the informative tour.
Handed out #SouthBayStrong face masks and 2020 Census materials at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor in the Harbor Gateway neighborhood. Lot of families struggling. With Boys and Girls Club executive director Mike Lansing and board chair Sergio Carrillo.
On 9/11, donated #SouthBayStrong face masks to Torrance firefighters. They have been joining the effort to fight Southern California wildfires. They also respond to many 911 calls involving COVID 19 patients. They are required to use surgical masks on duty but hopefully they can use my cloth masks when they’re not working. Stay safe and thank you for your service!
FYI in response to popular demand, I’m planning a drive-through South Bay Strong mask donation distribution in the near future so stay tuned!
Had a good briefing today from local small businesses like Torrance Bakery, Smog City Brewery, Red Car Brewing and Express Employment on challenges to small employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also discussed bills pending before the legislature that impact small businesses, including those in the South Bay.
Called for shutting down the AES Redondo Beach power plant by the end of this year at yesterday's State Water Board virtual public hearing. I also introduced AB 353 to shut the Redondo Beach plant down by the end of this year. This fossil fuel-powered plant emits air pollution impacting more than 21,000 South Bay residents who live within a mile of the plant. On top of that, coastal once-through-cooling plants like the Redondo plant causes tremendous damage to the ocean and marine ecosystem.
Supporting the victims of recent anti-Asian hate incidents in Torrance at the #SweatOuttheHate rally (and workout) yesterday at Torrance Wilson Park. Four victims spoke at the rally.
The number of anti-Asian incidents have spiked all over the country in the last five months during the COVID 19 pandemic. Too many Asian Americans are told, "Go back to where you came from", even third-generation Americans like myself.
We need to fight discrimination and harassment against all races, including Asian Americans.