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Daily Breeze — George Bird, Palos Verdes Estates

Re “Muratsuchi says he’ll run for re-election” (Feb. 7):

How refreshing to see a member of the Assembly choose to stay and continue to serve those who elected him instead of jumping at the first opportunity to run for the state Senate.

Al Muratsuchi has placed the citizens of the 66th Assembly District before his self-interest by not running for the next office. Al Muratsuchi has well served the interest of the 66th District during his freshman year. The experience he gained will serve him well during his next term.

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Torrance Daily Breeze - Al Muratsuchi

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.

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Muhammed El-Hasan, Daily Breeze

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.

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Daily Breeze - 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.

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Larry Altman - Daily Breeze

Mike Herrera says he might not have accepted his job in 2006 as executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of the South Bay in Harbor City had he known about the financial mess that would quickly envelope him.

Before his arrival, the organization had built a sizable debt that exploded in 2008 when he received a notice from the state telling him he owed $2 million to pay off a $1.4 million government loan he knew nothing about.

“They were telling me, ‘You get 30 days to pay up,’ ” Herrera said.

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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.