As the Trump Administration issued their executive order to reopen offshore oil drilling off the coast of California and the South Bay, the Sierra Club and the California League of Conservation Voters made it clear: Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi is the one to count on to fight to defend our coast and protect our local environment.
"Al Muratsuchi has proven to be an effective leader in the fight to protect our air, water and environment from polluters — and from a hostile Trump Administration. He is committed to protecting our coast and fighting Big Oil to ensure the health and safety of neighborhoods close to refineries. Sierra Club is proud to support Al Muratsuchi's re-election to the State Assembly," said Kathryn Phillips, Director of Sierra Club California.
Assemblymember Muratsuchi has been a champion for protecting the California coast and the South Bay environment. He has introduced Assembly Bill 1775 to fight the Trump Administration’s plan to reopen offshore oil drilling off the California coast. In 2014, Muratsuchi authored legislation to oppose oil drilling in Hermosa Beach.
Assemblymember Muratsuchi has also been fighting to make the Torrance refinery safer. He introduced a package of bills to protect Torrance and the South Bay from toxic chemicals, including a bill to phase out the refinery’s use of modified hydrofluoric acid. He authored new laws requiring refineries to install neighborhood air quality monitors and emergency community alert systems, as well as a law creating a statewide interagency task force on refinery safety.
“The Sierra Club’s and California League of Conservation Voters’ endorsements reaffirms my commitment to continue to fight the Trump Administration and Big Oil to protect our South Bay coast and communities,” said Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi. “I am proud to stand together with these organizations to keep fighting for the South Bay.”
Muratsuchi has lived in the South Bay for over twenty years with his wife and daughter. He currently serves as Assemblymember for the South Bay, and is a former Deputy Attorney General and prosecutor with the California Department of Justice and a former Torrance School Board member. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and UCLA School of Law.