(December 3, 2013) – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D – Torrance) today released the following statement in response to his appointment as Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance:
“I am honored to be appointed as the Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance.
Stakeholders agree that the Aerospace Industry is critical to California’s economy and additional resources are needed to aid the burgeoning commercial industry.
(Torrance, CA) – Today, Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), joined by Michael Rossi, Senior Advisor for Jobs and Business Development for Governor Brown, William Koch, Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs of GO-Biz and area Chamber of Commerce representatives, met with Aerospace Advisory Council Members to discuss California initiatives to support the aerospace industry and address specific areas for improvement.
“The economic contributions, job opportunities and innovative possibilities attributed with the Aerospace Industry are key factors as to why we have to strive to maintain this essential industry in California,” stated Assemblymember Muratsuchi.
(October 31, 2013) – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D – Torrance), Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee, today released the following statement in response to the State Auditor’s findings related to the Employment Development Department’s (EDD) efforts to assist veterans in finding employment:
“While the EDD has provided many great employment assistance-related resources to our veterans, I am disheartened by the auditor’s unfavorable results of the execution of those programs and services,” said Assemblymember Muratsuchi. “However, this result was not unforeseen and that is why Assembly Bill 1268 by Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles) was introduced in the Legislature to better coordinate and administer the state veteran workforce development and employment services. I am also concerned about the reliability of some of the department’s performance data. It is essential to have accurate data to evaluate program performance.
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee, and Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, convened a Joint Committee hearing at the State Capitol to discuss how Military Sexual Trauma (MST) impacts our state and the supportive programs available for survivors. “It’s my priority to make our veterans’ lives easier and identify areas where the State can provide additional support,” said Assemblymember Muratsuchi. “It saddens me that in addition to the many hardships our veterans already face, such as transitioning back to civilian life and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, they could also be faced with coping with callous acts of sexual assault or harassment.”
Panelists and survivors discussed impacts, issues, and supportive programs
(Sacramento, CA)- Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee, and Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), Chair of the Legislative Women's Caucus, convened a Joint Oversight Committee Hearing in the Capitol to discuss the impacts, issues, and supportive programs associated with Military Sexual Trauma (MST).
(Redondo Beach, CA) - Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) was awarded the Legislator of the Year Award by the Boys and Girls Club of the South Bay at their annual Keystone dinner for his efforts to save the Club from financial ruin.
"The Boys and Girls Club of the South Bay provides invaluable resources and services to local kids and families," said Muratsuchi. "It was an honor to assist them when they needed it."
(October 23, 2013) – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D – Torrance) today released the following statement in response to AMVETS’ announcement of his award:
“To be named a recipient of AMVETS’ 2013 California Legislators of the Year Award is a great honor and I am very grateful.
“Within a year my colleagues and I have had many accomplishments in addressing our veterans’ needs. I was fortunate to learn about and address some of the issues our veterans are facing, such as homelessness and a backlog of benefits claims.
“As Chair of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, I will continue to fight for those who have fought for us because they deserve our help. I look forward to many more years of successful efforts.”
(October 18, 2013) – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D – Torrance) today released the following statement in response to the State Auditor's findings yesterday of wasteful spending at the state's home for veterans in Yountville, CA:
"As Chair of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, I am extremely disappointed with the findings of wasteful spending at the Yountville Veterans Home. At a time when California has the nation's largest population of homeless veterans, it is shameful to see precious resources being wasted like this.
"I have scheduled a visit to the Yountville Home next Tuesday. I will make sure that the Legislature exercises its oversight responsibility to hold the California Department of Veterans Affairs accountable and work toward preventing such wasteful spending from happening again."
AB 639 will create much-needed housing for veterans and their families
Governor Brown (at podium) is joined by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi and Assemblymember Toni Atkins (left to right)
(San Diego, CA) – Today Governor Brown signed AB 639 by Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) which will repurpose funds to provide more affordable housing for homeless veterans and their families. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi was Principal Co-author of this bill.
AB 691 requires holders of public trust lands to assess the impacts of sea level rise
(Sacramento, CA) – Assembly Bill (AB) 691, authored by Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), was signed by Governor Brown. This bill will prepare California for the impacts of sea level rise by requiring holders of public trust lands to assess the impacts and report the results to the State Lands Commission.
"AB 691 will prepare Californians for the challenges of sea level rise," said Muratsuchi. "I commend Governor Brown for signing this into law."