Yesterday I spoke at a rally to celebrate the passage of SB 54, the Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act. I co-authored this bill with Senator Ben Allen to keep millions of tons of single-use plastics out of our waterways and will protect our environment for generations to come. I want to thank my colleagues in the State Legislature and our advocates at the local level who gave us the support we needed to get this bill passed!
allcove Beach Cities is a new youth mental health center at the Beach Cities Health District campus in Redondo Beach that will offer mental health treatment and support for young people ages 12-25.
There's a mental health crisis among young people that got worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new center will provide help to South Bay youth in the midst of this crisis.
Vietnam veteran John Warhank of Torrance shared his experience of "loss of trust" when they were not welcomed home like WWII veterans, his struggles with the VA bureaucracy to get treatment, and how he designs jewelry and does gardening "for therapy." John, thank you for your service. Torrance Bakery donated the cookies.
Breakfast meeting with Lomita Mayor Cindy Segawa and Mayor Pro Tem Barry Waite at The Nook on PCH.
Discussed top Lomita issues including potential city council district elections, a new water well, and a new Target store coming to PCH and Narbonne!
Crime is limited primarily to catalytic converter theft and auto break ins.
No homeless encampments. Lomita is the Friendly Little City!
Lunch meeting with Palos Verdes Estates Mayor Victoria Lozzi at the venerable Red Onion!
Top PVE issues according to Mayor Lozzi: local control to preserve neighborhood character, pension costs, and civility in local elections.
Good bipartisan discussion. And I loved the sweet corn tamale!
Breakfast meeting with Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor David Bradley and city manager Ara Mihranian at Yellow Vase Cafe.
Discussed wildfire prevention, local control over housing development, and the Portuguese Bend landslide, among other issues.
I delivered $1.5 million in state funding to support the Peninsula’s wildfire prevention program.
I also introduced ACA 7 to support local control over housing development.
Toured Port of Long Beach to discuss supply chain, local air pollution, automation, and infrastructure issues.
Ports of Long Beach and LA bring in 40 percent of all imported goods for the entire country, serving as a major national economic hub.
90 percent of all imports entering Port of Long Beach come from Asia, 70 percent from China.
Gardena Mayor Tasha Cerda and me at The Pan in Gardena! Excellent shrimp and grits (Mayor shared hers)!
Discussed local issues including housing market and rising housing costs, homelessness, and street racing. Also discussed $4 million in state funding I delivered to Gardena to invest in public broadband infrastructure to close the digital divide. According to the Mayor, Gardena has no homeless encampments because of proactive police and social worker outreach.
I'm looking into potential legislation to crack down on rise in street racing that endangers the community.
At annual South Bay Economic Forecast at Cal State University Dominguez Hills with CSUDH President Thomas Parham.
CSUDH is the most racially diverse university in the entire state and educates more K-12 teachers than any other campus.
I recently toured Hatano Farm with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. Hatano Farm is the last remaining vestige of a once vibrant Japanese American agricultural community on the Peninsula. I am committed to working with the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Land Conservancy to honor this unique history.
As a bonus—an endangered cactus wren paid us a visit on the tour! A reminder of the biodiversity we stand to protect if we continue to preserve open spaces in the South Bay.