As a prosecutor, former school board member, and former South Bay Assemblymember, I have a record of fighting for jobs, good schools, safe neighborhoods, a clean and healthy environment, and our veterans.
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 we can work across party lines to get things done for the South Bay!
The Torrance ExxonMobil refinery explosion on Feb. 18 was a wake-up call for me and for a growing number of South Bay residents. While ExxonMobil recently announced the sale of the refinery to PBF Energy, the dangerous conditions will remain the same unless local officials and residents demand changes.
Most importantly, it is time for the Torrance refinery to stop using modified hydrofluoric acid, a highly toxic chemical that can threaten the lives and health of more than 250,000 South Bay residents living within a three-mile radius of the refinery. If the refinery refuses, the state of California should ban the use of this dangerous chemical in densely populated areas such as Torrance and the South Bay.
My wife, daughter, and I lived less than two miles south of the Torrance refinery when the February explosion occurred. The blast ripped apart major steel structures at the refinery, shook surrounding homes and neighborhoods like an earthquake, and scattered white ash and debris onto homes and businesses from Torrance to Redondo Beach. Luckily, no one was killed, but four workers suffered injuries.
Takes money from company responsible for Richmond California refinery explosion
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Today the Federal government will hold a meeting in the South Bay detailing safety violations at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, violations that could have resulted in the deaths and illness of hundreds of thousands of South Bay residents. The refinery and its parent company are accused of ignoring federal subpoenas, hiding safety and health violations, and placing the communities surrounding the refinery at deadly risk through the continued use of highly toxic and deadly Modified Hydrofluoric Acid.
Also today, David Hadley, the Assemblymember whose district the refinery is located, bragged about his huge haul of campaign donations from oil companies, including ones responsible for a release of toxins that sickened over 15,000 people.
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Contact: Mike Shimpock, 323-776-9090
Today, state regulators forced David Hadley to return over $40,000 in illegal contributions to his Assembly campaign.
After receiving evidence of illegal laundering of donations and illegal donations in excess of ten times the legal limit, David Hadley’s campaign was forced to refund over $40,000 in contributions to his Assembly campaign.
Hadley set up a fake “Republican Party of Los Angeles County” campaign account, listing his home as its address and himself as its principal officer, and then funneled money from his maxed-out donors and special interests into his Assembly campaign.
Less than 24 hours after being made aware of his illegal actions, the regulatory agency in charge of enforcing California’s campaign finance laws, the Fair Political Practices Commission, demanded that Hadley’s campaign return the illegal donations.
California Newswire - 5/20/2014 - Christopher Simmons
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Association of Global Automakers has announced Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi as their 2014 “Legislator of the Year.” The award was presented last night at a ceremony hosted by the association in Sacramento. Muratsuchi is the second recipient of the Global Automakers’ annual award, which recognizes lawmakers who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the auto industry and for supporting alternative fuel vehicles.
Honda Motor Company released a statement praising Assemblymember Muratsuchi for his pragmatic leadership and stewardship of California’s environment. “Honda applauds Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi for being named Global Automakers’ Legislator of the Year. He is a bi-partisan leader looking for workable solutions to the challenges facing our state. We commend Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi for setting the bar high with his support of alternative fuel vehicle technology. His dedication to California, integrity and determination make him very much the Legislator of the Year.”
Assemblymember Muratsuchi, who is currently carrying legislation to release additional HOV stickers for clean emission vehicles, expressed his desire to continue his collaborative efforts with the state’s automakers.
“With 32 manufacturing plants, 56 R&D facilities and nearly 10,000 dealership franchises, the auto industry is a critical sector of our state’s economy. That is why I have made it my mission to form close partnerships with automakers to ensure their businesses flourish in California. Several of the members of the Global Automakers are companies that are good corporate citizens in the South Bay, and I am committed to working alongside them to better California’s environmental as well as economic climate,” said Muratsuchi “It is an honor to receive this award in my first term in the Legislature and I look forward to a continued partnership with the Global Automakers so that our state remains a center of innovation and leads the nation in clean transportation.”
Bob Daly, Senior Vice President of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. echoed these sentiments, “Al has been a steadfast advocate for the auto industry and for improving the business climate in California. He is a practical, results-oriented leader who brings people and business together and we’re grateful for his partnership.”
The Association of Global Automakers represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations. The association strives to work with industry leaders, legislators, regulators, and other stakeholders in the United States to create public policy that improves motor vehicle safety, encourages technological innovation and protects the planet.
Assemblymember Muratsuchi represents the 66th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Gardena, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, the Los Angeles communities of Harbor City and Harbor Gateway, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance and the unincorporated communities of El Camino Village and West Carson.
Daily Breeze - 5/09/2014 - Allan Zaremberg
Recently, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 777, by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, a bill that will help ensure that California creates a competitive environment and jobs within the emerging multibillion dollar space travel and supply industry.
California has long been the home of the world’s most advanced aeronautics and aerospace companies. Recently, the industry has seen exciting new innovations and advancement with the privatization of spaceflight transportation.
Historically, the space industry has been within the nearly exclusive purview of the federal government. However, with the government doing less in the areas of space programs and aerospace research, the industry is becoming heavily dependent on the private sector. The space industry is now more closely aligned and reliant on the private sector than ever before. This presents a great opportunity for California’s economy.
Commercial space transportation currently delivers satellites into orbit and cargo to the International Space Station. Companies like SpaceX operate huge manufacturing facilities, pay millions in property taxes each year to fund essential programs like education and health care and, importantly, they create jobs. Speaking of jobs, with an average annual salary of $94,354, employees in California aerospace’s industry are paid nearly twice as much as the average salary in California. Furthermore, the industry is tied to 429,216 jobs here.
A problem the industry faced — that has now been fixed — was with an inconsistent tax classification required by the Los Angeles County assessor, which forced them to pay property taxes they should have been exempted from paying in the first place. Smartly, the Board of Equalization recognized this and opined that the industry qualified for an existing exemption. The Legislature and governor agreed, seizing the opportunity to correct the problem and provide incentives for job creation here.
While tax experts describe the new law as codifying a BOE opinion, it is so much more than that. This bill creates an opportunity for new investment and new innovation in California. Policymakers need to be doing a lot more of this. AB 777 can serve as a model of cooperation for the private sector, legislative and executive branches to identify and knock down obstacles to well-paid middle class jobs for California.
As we look forward, it is clear that the space industry has the potential for exponential growth. Not only does the spaceflight transportation industry create high-pay manufacturing and engineering jobs for thousands of Californians, it draws billions in foreign and domestic investment. When space tourism begins, millions more in revenue will flow into the state in the form of tourism dollars. The growth of this industry is poised not only to be an economic shot in the arm, but also the next phase of California’s innovative prowess.
There is no getting past the fact that California is an expensive state in which to manufacture and do business. As such, it is critical that we help companies control costs and keep expenses as low as possible. Aerospace is an industry that relies on highly skilled and highly paid workers — think rocket scientists. Workers of this caliber are hard to find in other states. Our top-notch universities are key to the success of the industry and the innovation it will need to continue its trajectory skyward.
Aerospace companies have a long, rich history in California. AB 777 will help them add to their story. This new law is an important and encouraging step forward. Job-friendly policies like this will help California come back and come back strong.
Allan Zaremberg is president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce.