TORRANCE — Seeking to take its place in the United States alongside sake and biru, the lesser-known Japanese distilled spirit shochu made a splash at a tasting event on Sept. 5 that featured products from six shochu makers from Amami Island, Kagoshima Prefecture.
Introduced in 16th-century Japan, shochu is a national, traditional alcoholic beverage (koku-shu); however, it is considered a youngster when compared to sake (Nihon-shu), which debuted in Japan around 300 B.C.
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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.”
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.
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.
TORRANCE (CBSLA) — California Gov. Jerry Brown was in town Wednesday to celebrate the expansion of the LA Metro Green Line to the South Bay.
The 4.6-mile extension from Redondo Beach to the future Torrance Transit Regional Park and Ride Terminal is meant to take more traffic off the 405 Freeway and onto the Metro.
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Two bills to protect the California coast from new Trump’s plan for offshore drilling leases passed out of their respective Appropriations Committees today after being referred to the suspense file in April.
The Assembly and Senate committees both held hearings today on Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi’s Assembly Bill 1775 and Senator Hannah Beth Jackson’s Senate Bill 834 – bills that were referred to the suspense file. The two bills will now be eligible for floor votes in the Assembly and Senate next week.
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President Barack Obama, delivering on a promise to assist legislative hopefuls across the country, swooped in Thursday to offer a rare endorsement to a trio of Democratic candidates for the California Assembly.
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, in a congratulatory message posted on social media, said Obama is backing former Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, and fellow Democratic challengers Abigail Medina, a school board member in San Bernardino, and ex-Pleasanton Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio.
“Thanks to (Obama) for his support of Democrats up and down the ballot,” Rendon said. “As he recently reminded us, ‘Our progress is on the ballot.’”