Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi had a bill derailed in reaction to his opposition to restoring affirmative action college admissions. He’s counting votes more carefully now.

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  • By the numbers

    Gov. Jerry’s Brown’s $155.2 plan million to increase community college enrollment should focus on the Inland Empire, Central Valley and Los Angeles, according to a report from an Oakland policy institute, California Competes. It examined factors such as the number of adults without a college degree, unemployment rates and levels of poverty in a community college district to determine where California had the greatest number of underserved students who could benefit from furthering their education.

    – Alexei Koseff

The Buzz: Assemblyman taking nothing for granted on floor votes for his bills

Published: Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 - 9:58 pm

Ethnic tension put aside

for a space flight tax break

Four days after Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi saw a bill go down in an apparent act of political retaliation, the Torrance Democrat was working the Senate floor Thursday to guard against a repeat.

The showdown Monday revealed a racial split among Assembly Democrats that germinated weeks ago when several Latino and African American lawmakers were upset their Asian American colleagues had decided not to support a bill seeking to overhaul California’s ban on racial preferences in college admissions. So, when Muratsuchi, who is Asian American, brought his AB 2013 – a measure on HOV lanes – to the Assembly floor Monday, 15 members of the black and Latino caucuses abstained, dooming the bill.

On Thursday, Muratsuchi arrived with his vote-counting card in hand, looking for support for his AB 777, which gives tax breaks to commercial space flight businesses. This one also required two-thirds approval, but was popular with Republicans.

In the end, the bill passed handily out of the Senate on a 32-2 vote, garnering “ayes” from both Latino Caucus chairman Sen. Ricardo Lara and Black Caucus chairwoman Sen. Holly Mitchell.

– Laurel Rosenhall

Worth repeating

“Few remember the first-half score of a game. We’re going to have a great second half.”

SEN. DARRELL STEINBERG, noting recent scandal, urging his colleagues to enjoy spring break.

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