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As excerpted from The Guardian

"A statewide bill was introduced in early 2018 by the California state representatives Wendy Carrillo, Bill Quirk and Al Muratsuchi, but was held up in the state senate appropriations committee where the bill is now essentially dead after getting passed in the state assembly in May 2018.

“I was very disappointed,” said Muratsuchi, the leading author of the bill, in an email to the Guardian. “This bill proposed some commonsense protections from sexual assault and harassment, such as requiring panic buttons be given to housekeepers to summon assistance in an emergency situation. I want to make sure the Me Too movement leads to safer workplaces for all women, including hotel housekeepers, many who are working-class immigrants. I intend to reintroduce this bill and keep fighting next year.”

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Rafu Shimpo

TORRANCE — As part of his bus tour in Los Angeles and Orange counties, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom appeared with Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi at his Torrance campaign headquarters on Sept. 11.

Both Democrats are on the November ballot. Newsom is vying with Republican businessman John Cox to succeed Jerry Brown as governor, while Muratsuchi’s re-election bid is being challenged by Republican Frank Scotto, a former mayor of Torrance.

Newsom, accompanied by his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, was traveling the state last week aboard his “Blue California” bus, campaigning with six Democratic challengers in top “red-to-blue” congressional districts who are part of the fight to win back the House and 15 candidates in close Assembly and State Senate races.

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. last week signed legislation – SB 834 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and AB 1775 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) – to block new federal offshore oil drilling along California’s coast, and announced the state’s opposition to the federal government’s plan to expand oil drilling on public lands in California.

“Today, California’s message to the Trump administration is simple: Not here, not now,” said Governor Brown. “We will not let the federal government pillage public lands and destroy our treasured coast.”

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Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom was carrying pizza boxes, seven deep when he stepped off his campaign bus at lunchtime on Tuesday at Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi’s Torrance campaign headquarters.

Both Newsom and Muratsuchi are thought to have comfortable leads in their respective races. Nonetheless, Newsom is barnstorming through Southern California this week, in support of Democratic state legislature and Congressional candidates.

“Don’t take the next 56 days until the November 6 elections for granted. Don’t run a 90-yard dash. Don’t dream of regretting,” the current lieutenant governor cautioned, with a characteristic play on words.

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First responders and city officials in Manhattan Beach gathered at the city’s 9/11 Memorial on Tuesday to honor those who lost their lives related to the terrorist attack on the country 17 years ago.

Mayor Steve Napolitano said it was a day to remember those police officers, firefighters and paramedics who responded that day in 2001, including a group from Manhattan Beach who traveled to New York City after the attack to help with the cleanup.

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Rolling in on a big blue bus, gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom joined Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, a fellow Democrat, for a campaign visit in Torrance on Tuesday.

Newsom then headed off to Seal Beach for a rally with State Senate candidate Tom Umberg and Assembly candidate Josh Lowenthal.

He spent part of Tuesday in Long Beach, commemorating victims of 9/11 with city officials, first respondents and residents.

He planned to end the day in Costa Mesa for Assembly candidate Cottie Petrie-Norris’ office opening.

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Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed two bills that would block new offshore oil drilling in California by barring the construction of pipelines, piers, wharves or other infrastructure necessary to transport the oil and gas from federal waters to state land.

This locks into law the vows of Brown and other state officials who declared earlier this year they would do whatever it takes to stop the Trump administration from opening California waters to drilling on an unprecedented scale.

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Democratic State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi and former Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto will continue on to November’s General Election in their race to represent the South Bay in California’s 66th Assembly District, following Tuesday’s California Primary Election.

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Luminaries from across the state, including Governor Jerry Brown, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and County Supervisor Janice Hahn, gathered Wednesday to celebrate breaking ground on the Torrance Regional Transit Center, the future terminus for the LA Metro Green Line extension.

The light rail project, which currently ends at Marine Avenue in Redondo Beach, would run through Lawndale and Redondo to service South Bay commuters and eventually connect to Metro’s forthcoming Crenshaw/LAX line.

“This is a win-win-win,” said Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, who was credited by Brown with fighting to secure additional funding to complete the project as part of Garcetti’s “Twenty-Eight by ’28” plan. Using funding from Measure M and Senate Bill 1’s gas tax increase, the Green Line extension is projected to be completed by the 2028 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, well ahead of its originally-scheduled 2033 completion.

In fact, the gathered officials took the opportunity to stump against the SB 1 repeal effort, which has been used as a rallying point for conservative politicians throughout the campaign season.

“This is improving transportation, improving quality of life, and providing jobs for people. Some people will say, why not just borrow the money? Italy tried that, and Greece did too,” Brown said, referring to the financial insolvency crises faced by the two countries in recent years. “Nobody likes the tax, but we’re doing stuff… that’s the price of a decent society and civilization. You have to pay it.”

Garcetti likened the tax to keeping up repairs on a house.

“We know if we don’t fix the leak, we’re going to pay a lot more in the future. The long-term cost of living cheaply in the short-term is unacceptable,” Garcetti said.

Metro is currently exploring four possible project alternatives for the Green Line’s path between the existing Redondo Beach-Marine Avenue station, and the Torrance Transit Center, on Crenshaw Boulevard, just south of Del Amo Fashion Center. Two plans would direct the train along an existing right-of-way, while two others would take the train along Hawthorne Boulevard.

One possible hitch is the City of Lawndale, which is crossed by each plan and has opposed the extension for the better part of a decade, due to concerns about the plan’s potentially negative effects.

Redondo Beach Councilman Christian Horvath, who was also in attendance, expressed hope that Lawndale would come to terms with the plan.

“I hope that they’ll partner with us and figure out a way to work on a solution, to ensure the South Bay is connected,” Horvath said.

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Memorial Day ceremonies at Redondo Beach’s Veteran’s Park are traditionally dedicated to those who gave their lives in service of the United States.

This year, organizers also paid tribute to a young man who never got the chance to do so.