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Brian Sumers - 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.”

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Rachel Reeves - Easy Reader News

Governor Jerry Brown is standing firmly behind his promise to re-vamp the way the state funds education, much to Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi’s chagrin.

Brown was unyielding in his commitment to reforming California’s education financing system during hearings of his revised budget this week.

The governor views the proposed Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) – which would provide for additional grants to low-income students, foster youth, and English learners – as a fair proposal with “great moral force,” but Muratsuchi believes it will “create winners and losers among school districts, with South Bay school districts being losers.”

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Source: The Rafu Shimpo

TORRANCE — The campaign for the 66th Assembly District seat has been contentious, with Democrat Al Muratsuchi and Republican Craig Huey trading accusations through their mailers.

Huey characterizes Muratsuchi as a “government bureaucrat,” “defender of special interests” and “career politician who supports raising taxes,” while anti-Huey mailers say he “wants to privatize Social Security and Medicare” and “opposes a woman’s right to choose in all circumstances.” Muratsuchi’s ethnicity has not been an issue between the two candidates, but apparently some people are targeting him on racial grounds — despite the fact that the district, which includes Gardena, Torrance and Palos Verdes Estates, has a large Japanese American population. Al Muratsuchi greets a volunteer at his campaign headquarters.

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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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SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Warren Furutani (D-Long Beach), outgoing chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, has announced a new website for the caucus (www.apilcaucus.com) and the caucus’ endorsement of five incumbents and five new candidates in the November election.

Furutani did not seek a third term; Assemblymembers Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park), Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) and Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) are termed out. All four are leaving the Legislature at the end of November.

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Easy reader news - Alene Tchekmedyian

About 70 people gathered in Hermosa Beach on Wednesday for a Beach Cities Democratic Club meet-and-greet with Congressman Henry Waxman and State Assembly candidate Al Muratsuchi.

Waxman, 37-year veteran in Congress, faces Manhattan Beach businessman and Independent Bill Bloomfield in the 33rd District congressional race. Forty-four percent of the newly drawn district’s voters are registered Democrats, while 28 percent are registered Republicans, according to the California Secretary of State’s office.

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The race for California's new 66th Assembly District is apparently getting some national attention, as U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) announced his endorsement of Torrance school board member and Democrat Al Muratsuchi for the assembly seat last week, according to a news release from Muratsuchi's campaign.

Muratsuchi and Torrance businessman Craig Huey, a Republican, beat out Republican Nathan Mintz in the June top-two jungle primary for their spots on November's ballot.

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By Art Marroquin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Daily Breeze

Democrat Al Muratsuchi needs to "drum up excitement" within his party while Republican Craig Huey's conservative views may be a "hard sell" to South Bay voters, two political observers said of the men running in the new 66th Assembly District.

Muratsuchi and Huey emerged as the top two vote-getters in Tuesday's primary and will face each other again in the Nov. 6 general election to represent a so-called swing district that runs from Manhattan Beach and Gardena to the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

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By Liz Spear

The three candidates running for the new California District 66 Assembly seat agree on one thing: state government needs to be run better.

How Republicans Nathan Mintz and Craig Huey and Democrat Al Muratsuchi say they'll get there is another matter.

Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice and Torrance Unified School District board member Muratsuchi, a Torrance resident for the past 16 years, toldPatch that his proven record of working in an elected position sets him apart.

"I have a record of working with Republicans, Democrats and independents to do the right thing and get the job done," he said Wednesday. "I'd like to continue to work with people regardless of their party affiliation to get our (the state's) fiscal house in order."

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By Gwen Muranaka, Rafu English Editor In Chief, The Rafu Shimpo

With the June 5 primary rapidly approaching, Al Muratsuchi looks like a good bet to qualify for the November general election, but he's not taking anything for granted.

"We're walking precincts, we've been walking a lot of neighborhoods with a lot of Buddahheads, a lot of Japanese Americans," said Muratsuchi, in an interview with The Rafu Shimpo.

Muratsuchi is the sole Democrat seeking to represent the newly created 66th Assembly District, which includes Gardena, Harbor Gateway, Lomita, Torrance and parts of Palos Verdes. He will face Republicans Craig Huey and Nathan Mintz, with the top two vote-getters moving ahead to November.