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Muhammed El-Hasan, Daily Breeze POSTED: 12/09/13, 3:15 PM PST
California plans to submit a proposal to Boeing on Tuesday in an effort to woo production work for the new 777X airliner to the Golden State, according to a source at the governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.
It was unclear what incentives California would offer Boeing.
Work on the airliner could bring thousands of jobs to Southern California, especially Long Beach, where Boeing builds the C-17 military cargo plane. The C-17 plant will close in 2015 due to insufficient orders, two years before Boeing plans to start production of the 777X.
California is among several states that has been vying for the 777X work since a Boeing union in Puget Sound, Wash., rejected a contract offer that would have cut pension and health benefits. Boeing responded by announcing that it would consider other sites outside of its traditional commercial manufacturing base to build the 777X.
However, unlike with other states that are in the running for the plane — including Washington state, Missouri, South Carolina, Utah, Texas, Alabama and Missouri — California has taken a notably low-key approach to the competition.
Brook Taylor, a spokesman for Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development, or GO-Biz, would not even confirm Monday that the state is making a run for the 777X.
“We maintain a strong relationship with Boeing and we are actively working to expand all facets of their operation in California,” Taylor said.
South Bay state Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, chairman of the Assembly’s Select Committee on Aerospace, also declined to confirm the bid.
“Clearly, we all are committed to putting California’s best foot forward to try to get those jobs,” Muratsuchi said. “I’m going with the governor’s playbook here. I want to be a good team player.”
Muratsuchi, a Torrance Democrat, is attending the Governor’s Military Council on Monday and Tuesday as part of the statewide effort to prevent closure of California military bases, including the Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, amid budget cuts.
“The governor is clearly committed to ensuring that we attract and retain good aerospace jobs,” Muratsuchi added.
The GO-Biz source questioned the benefit of going through the 777X bidding process in a high-profile manner. The source said the Governor’s Office would release some general information about its bid to Boeing later this week.
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.
The Daily Breeze
Al Muratsuchi for 66th Assembly District
Of the two men who are running for a new state Assembly district that essentially takes in the heart of the South Bay, Democratic candidate Al Muratsuchi is the one who best represents the region's values.
The federal prosecutor has served on the Torrance school board for seven years, allowing him to gain the experience of crafting a balanced budget, which will be valuable as the state struggles with ongoing budgeting problems.
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TORRANCE, CA – – Today, L.A. City Councilmember Joe Buscaino announced his support for State Assembly Candidate Al Muratsuchi.
"As a career Los Angeles Police Officer before my election to the Los Angeles City Council, I appreciate the fact that Al is a prosecutor who is supported by local and statewide law enforcement,” said Councilmember Buscaino. “I know that Al will fight to keep our neighborhoods safe which is why I enthusiastically endorse his campaign for State Assembly."
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TORRANCE, CA – Manhattan Beach City Councilmembers Amy Howorth and Richard Montgomery today announced their endorsements of Al Muratsuchi for the state Assembly seat representing most of the South Bay. The two Councilmembers join a growing list of bipartisan community leaders throwing their support behind Muratsuchi, the top vote-getter for the 66th Assembly District seat in the June 5th primary election.
“I am proud to give my wholehearted endorsement to Al Muratsuchi’s campaign for State Assembly,” said Councilmember Montgomery. “I’m supporting Al because I believe we need common sense solutions and not extreme party ideology in Sacramento.”