As your South Bay Assemblymember since 2012, and as a former prosecutor and school board member, I have been fighting for jobs, good schools, safe neighborhoods, and a clean and healthy environment for many years.
I am proud to be supported by Democrats, Republicans, and independents, and I will continue to be an independent voice fighting the special interests in Sacramento.
Please join my campaign so that I can keep fighting for the South Bay and California's comeback!
Daily Breeze | February 12, 2014 | — George Bird, Palos Verdes Estates
Re “Muratsuchi says he’ll run for re-election” (Feb. 7):
How refreshing to see a member of the Assembly choose to stay and continue to serve those who elected him instead of jumping at the first opportunity to run for the state Senate.
Al Muratsuchi has placed the citizens of the 66th Assembly District before his self-interest by not running for the next office. Al Muratsuchi has well served the interest of the 66th District during his freshman year. The experience he gained will serve him well during his next term.
The constituents of our district recognize that the personal integrity of the candidate and his demonstrated ethics are more important than whether he or she is a Republican or a Democrat. Let’s elect good people, not political opportunists. Bravo to an individual who recognizes that we elected him to do a job and we don’t expect him to always be looking for his next higher political office.
Let’s reward the lack of self-interest and the lack of self-promoting by someone who puts us before him, by re-electing Al Muratsuchi to the Assembly.
(Torrance, CA) – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D) released the following statement today:
“My family and I love living in the South Bay. As your State Assemblymember, I have worked hard to serve the people of the 66th Assembly District and California.
After years of budget cuts and partisan bickering, California is coming back. I look forward to continuing to fight for good jobs, good schools, safe neighborhoods, and a clean and healthy environment.”
Al Muratsuchi was elected to the State Assembly in November 2012. He represents the cities of Gardena, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance, the Los Angeles communities of Harbor City and Harbor Gateway, and the communities of El Camino Village and West Carson.
Brian Sumers - 10/07/2013 - Daily Breeze
The state Public Utilities Commission will have more power to regulate electricity companies such as Southern California Edition starting next year under a bill introduced by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi and signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Muratsuchi, a first-term Democrat from Torrance, said he was moved to write the bill after a meeting in January with elected officials from Rancho Palos Verdes. They told him the city had faced more than 100 unscheduled power outages from 2008 to 2011.
“It’s unacceptable for the South Bay,” Muratsuchi said. “RPV is not the only community that has suffered these outages. It’s been throughout the South Bay.”
Under Assembly Bill 66, the commission will have the power to direct utility companies to improve services and reliability. The commission also will require power companies to include information on system reliability in an annual report. The reports will include information about how often power disruptions have occurred.
“Basically, it is requiring utilities to correct the areas where there are the most frequent and longest outages,” Muratsuchi said.
Daily Breeze - 12/06/2013 - Al Muratsuchi
As your state Assembly member representing the South Bay, and as chairman of the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace, my top priorities include attracting and keeping aerospace jobs in California. To this end, I am committed to defending the Los Angeles Air Force Base from a new round of base closures.
Located in El Segundo, the L.A. Air Force Base is a key part of the foundation supporting the Southern California aerospace industry. The base is home to the Space and Missile Systems Center, a leader in managing space systems since the beginning of our nation’s space program. The Aerospace Corp., a federally funded research and development center, is also located at the base. Although the existence of this base is unknown to most people living in the South Bay, the base employs around 4,500 military personnel, civil service employees and technical support contractors. The base’s emphasis on research, development and acquisition of military space systems and its close proximity to the surrounding aerospace businesses in our community fosters a strong working relationship between the industry and the armed forces that put their technologies to use.
Much of the aerospace industry in Southern California continues to be based on defense contracts, with some companies generating as much as 80 percent to 90 percent of their business from the Department of Defense. Additionally, innovations from aerospace research and development have flowed over into the broader economy, providing opportunities for growth in a number of other sectors. The estimated economic contributions of the aerospace industry in Southern California are approximately $66 billion in output and $2.4 billion in state and local taxes. Yet, according to the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp., largely due to defense budget cuts over the past 20 years, Los Angeles County has seen its aerospace manufacturing workforce shrink by nearly two-thirds, or by almost 130,000 jobs.
As we see promising signs of economic recovery in California, we cannot afford to lose any more jobs in the aerospace industry. This is why I authored Assembly bills 777 and 927, both designed to provide tax incentives for creating aerospace jobs in California. However, there is still much work left to be done.
Suffering severe budget cuts and the fiscal impacts of sequestration, the Department of Defense is being forced to consider some drastic measures. In July, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called for a new round of base realignment and closures, or BRAC, in 2015. In past rounds since 1988, California suffered a disproportionate amount of the burden with approximately 30 percent of the total base closures and realignments in the nation and 50 percent of the nation’s base closure-related employment losses. Fortunately, L.A. Air Force Base was spared in the most recent BRAC rounds largely due to a strong advocacy effort led by local elected leaders such as former Congresswoman Jane Harman and past Redondo Beach Councilman John Parsons.
I will continue this fight to defend the L.A. Air Force Base from being closed down. As chairman of the Assembly aerospace committee, as well as chairman of the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs, I was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve on the Governor’s Military Council. Composed primarily of retired generals and admirals as well as aerospace industry leaders, the council’s mission is to protect and expand U.S. military operations in California.
On Monday and Tuesday, the Governor’s Military Council will gather at L.A. Air Force Base to focus on the strategic importance of the base. I fully appreciate how our South Bay communities have been built on the good jobs provided by the aerospace industry. I urge all of our elected officials, community leaders and citizens to join me in supporting the L.A. Air Force Base as not only a critical step in growing jobs and our economy, but also in keeping our nation strong and secure.
Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, represents the 66th District.
Larry Altman - 10/15/2013 - Daily Breeze
Mike Herrera says he might not have accepted his job in 2006 as executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of the South Bay in Harbor City had he known about the financial mess that would quickly envelope him.
Before his arrival, the organization had built a sizable debt that exploded in 2008 when he received a notice from the state telling him he owed $2 million to pay off a $1.4 million government loan he knew nothing about.
“They were telling me, ‘You get 30 days to pay up,’ ” Herrera said.
He went to public officials to ask for help, but no one offered any. Former state Sen. Jenny Oropeza, who allegedly had told previous club officials at the time the loan was granted that it would one day be forgiven, had died of cancer. Nothing was in writing.
“There was no way to prove that,” Herrera said. “She was not there and her assistant passed away.”
The situation looked bleak until a month ago, when Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi stepped in. Herrera, who had never talked openly about the financial situation that he feared would shut down the organization that serves 4,500 children, finally leaked word of the problems on Monday. His office issued a press release announcing that the club planned to honor the assemblyman at a dinner next week for spearheading the effort to save the club that nobody knew needed to be saved.