(Sacramento, CA) – A letter and a petition signed by thousands of Californians urging the Governor to save the Southern California Regional Occupational Center, also known as SoCal ROC, was delivered to Governor Brown today by Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D-Torrance). In the letter, which was undersigned by representatives of SoCal ROC and participating school districts, Muratsuchi also requests that the Governor visit SoCal ROC, an institution regarded as the crown jewel of the South Bay that is at risk of shutting down next year.
Last year, under Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget, programs like SoCal ROC were at risk of losing their funding and having to shut down. In response, Muratsuchi and other legislators were able to craft a temporary budget fix that kept the programs open for at least two more years. However, with dedicated funding for high school regional occupation centers and programs (ROCP) set to expire by July 2015, career technical education (CTE) programs like SoCal ROC are at risk of closing down indefinitely.
AB 777 incentivizes local manufacturing by modernizing tax policy for private space exploration
SACRAMENTO – In order to foster a more stable business climate for California’s aerospace sector, the California State Senate today passed Assembly Bill (AB) 777 authored by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance).
Also known as the Aerospace Tax Clarification Act, AB 777 would qualify rocket propulsion systems for an existing business inventory tax exemption and update California law to ensure the growing number of jobs created by the space exploration industry remain in the state. The legislation has garnered support from both sides of the aisle and attracted 26 co-authors in the Legislature.
Takes Action to Protect Career Technical Education
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D – Torrance) led an effort to protect career technical education (CTE) in the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance. The subcommittee unanimously voted to 1) establish CTE as a state priority in high schools and 2) to ensure that local education agencies continue to provide regionally coordinated CTE through Regional Occupation Centers/Programs (ROCPs) beyond the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
This is the latest in a series of efforts initiated by Muratsuchi to protect CTE funding and save ROCPs. Muratsuchi, Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, held a hearing today to discuss the future of CTE and took action to make it a state priority. Last week, the Assemblymember circulated an online petition asking Californians to join him in urging the Governor to save ROCPs like the renowned Southern California Regional Occupation Center, more commonly known as SoCal ROC. Local chambers of commerce, school districts and other stakeholder groups joined the effort and Muratsuchi has received over 1,600 petitions, to date.
(Torrance, CA) – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chair of the Select Committee on Aerospace, led a rally with employees of Moog, Inc. to fight for the F/A-18 program and protect 20,000 high-skilled manufacturing aerospace jobs in California. Assemblymember Muratsuchi told the crowd, “We need to keep your jobs right here for national security and for all the jobs that will continue to support our South Bay economy.” Moog, Inc. employs more than 600 people at its Torrance site that subcontracts with Boeing to do mechanical parts for F/A-18. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
AMVETS Recognizes 2013 California Legislators Of The Year Senator Steve Knight And Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi
AMVETS, Department of California named two prominent legislators as their 2013 Legislators of the Year. The AMVETS Legislator of the Year honor is awarded to legislators who have gone the extra mile to support California's veterans and their families.
SACRAMENTO - On April 2, 2014, during their Annual Capitol Legislative Day, AMVETS recognized Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D - Torrance) as a 2013 California Legislator of the Year.
Every year, AMVETS honors legislators who have gone the extra mile to support California's veterans, service members and their families. Per a press release sent out by AMVETS, Assemblymember Muratsuchi was honored for hitting the ground running early on in addressing various veterans and military issues and holding numerous informational hearings to discuss such issues.
AB 2013 authorizes release of additional Green HOV Stickers to stimulate sale of plug-in hybrid vehicles that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 2013 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) was approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee yesterday, a promising start for a bill that seeks to increase the cap on Green HOV Stickers from 40,000 to 85,000 as the original number of stickers available to the public dwindles.
The popular program is designed to promote sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles by allowing owners with the DMV issued stickers use the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV), or carpool lanes, regardless of occupancy. However, with less than 3,000 stickers remaining and supplies expected to be depleted as early as May, the passage of AB 2013 will be critical to ensuring consistent incentives for alternative fuel vehicles continue to grow the market.
Introduces resolution that would help sustain aerospace industry
(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D – Torrance), Chair of the Select Committee on Aerospace, kicked off Aerospace Week today on the Assembly Floor and introduced Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 37, which would ensure the continued access to capital for many industries, including the aerospace industry.
This Aerospace Week marks the third year stakeholders gather in Sacramento for panel discussions, hearings and exhibits that focus on the importance of the aerospace industry to California.
(TORRANCE, CA) – In honor of Women's History Month, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi and co-host, Soroptimist International of Manhattan Beach (SIMB), celebrated the accomplishments of women from communities within the 66th Assembly District during a reception at Hull Middle School on March 22.
(Torrance, CA) – Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, announced the introduction of his bill, Assembly Bill 2216. AB 2216 would protect funding for Career Technical Education (CTE) and Regional Occupation Centers and Programs (ROCPs) like the Southern California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC) in Torrance.
With dedicated funding for high school ROCPs set to expire by July 2015, Muratsuchi convened a meeting with local superintendents and school board representatives today to discuss how to save CTE programs like SoCal ROC.