Bill will create thousands of jobs and grows California aerospace industry
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Muratsuchi, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace, released the following statement on the signing of AB 2389:
“California’s aerospace industry has taken dramatic hits in loss of jobs since the end of the Cold War, but we still lead the nation in aerospace manufacturing today because we have the skilled workforce, the supply chain, and infrastructure to support the industry. It’s much harder to recover from loss of jobs once they’re gone, so we need to do everything we can to support our aerospace businesses and make sure they continue to have the tools in their toolbox to sustain their good-paying jobs right here in California.
Assemblymember Muratsuchi presents award to Jonathan Kaji, President of Kaji & Associates
(Photo credit: Office of Assemblymember Muratsuchi)
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D – Torrance) presented Kaji & Associates with the Small Business of the Year Award at the annual California Small Business Day awards ceremony in Sacramento.
Founded in 1984 and located in the City of Torrance, Kaji & Associates is a family-owned commercial and residential real estate brokerage. The firm also provides marketing and guidance on foreign direct investments in California and the United States. To read more, visit their website: http://www.kaji-associates.com
Legislature approves additional education dollars
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Muratsuchi, Chair of Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, released the following statement on passing the budget today:
"I am pleased to deliver another on-time, balanced budget that provides significant increases in funding for K-12 schools, higher education, and early childhood education.
Did you know there are more than 500 local jurisdictions (cities and counties) in California, each with different rules about how to install solar?
California can lose its place as a leader in clean energy if efforts to address its complicated regulations and costs are not supported. The California Legislature enacted the Solar Rights Act in 1978 and declared that the implementation of consistent statewide standards to achieve the timely and cost-effective installation of solar energy systems is a matter of statewide concern. However, since that time, there has been no effective implementation of this decades-old mandate and solar permitting remains a patchwork of complex regulations that vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Assembly Bill 2188, authored by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, is meaningful progress on the goals first adopted in 1978 and will create a streamlined permitting process that will help continue to drive down the cost of going solar and increase access to more Californians.
(May 30, 2014) – The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that Southern California is one of twelve communities in the nation selected to participate in the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program. According to the Commerce Department’s release, selection was based on business potential and the program is designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in communities nationwide by supporting long-term economic development strategies that help attract and expand private investment in the manufacturing sector. The twelve designated Manufacturing Communities will receive federal agency support for their strategies with $1.3 billion available in federal economic development assistance.
(Sacramento) – The Assembly Budget Committee approved the state budget package passed by the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance last week.
The package includes: significant funding increases for K-12, higher education and early childhood education programs; restoring $384 million in dedicated funding for high school career technical education (CTE) programs, like the Southern California Regional Occupation Center (SoCal ROC); and increasing funding for Cal Grants.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 2216, authored by Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), was approved by a 77-0 vote on the Assembly floor today. With dedicated funding for high school Regional Occupation Centers and Programs (ROCP) set to expire by July 2015, Muratsuchi introduced legislation to protect funding for Career Technical Education (CTE) and ROCP like the Southern California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC) in Torrance.
Last year, under Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget, centers like SoCal ROC were at risk of losing their funding, forcing these learning centers to consider closing their doors to the public. In response, Assemblymember Muratsuchi, who chairs the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance worked with legislators to craft a temporary budget fix that kept programs like SoCal ROC open for at least two more years.
AB 2188 decreases patch work of complex solar permitting regulations
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 2188 by Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D – Torrance), passed the Assembly Floor today with a 58-8 vote and now heads to the Senate.
The Solar Rights Act of 1978 declared that the timely and cost-effective installation of solar energy systems was a matter of statewide concern. However, present-day solar permitting in California is a patch work of complicated regulations and prices that vary between cities and counties. This complexity hinders the growth and sales of solar energy systems and discourages businesses and individuals from going solar.
(May 23, 2014) – Assembly Bill 2216, authored by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee today by a unanimous vote. The bill would require school districts to continue to fund high school regional occupation centers and programs (ROCP).
(May 23, 2014) – Assembly Bill 2711, authored by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee today. Under the amended version of the bill, the State of California would loan to the City of Hermosa Beach $11.5 million dollars to cover a financial penalty that the city would incur should the voters of Hermosa Beach uphold an existing oil drilling ban. Should this loan be issued, Hermosa Beach would be required to pay it back at a rate of $500,000 per year to the General Fund.