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Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi 'Extremely Disappointed' in Toyota's Exodus from South Bay

"I will continue to work to improve California's business climate," the Torrance-based Democrat says.

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi. Patch file photo.
Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi. Patch file photo.

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) today released the following statement in response to Toyota’s announcement that they are relocating headquarters from Torrance to Texas

"I am extremely disappointed by Toyota leaving Torrance. As your Assemblymember representing Torrance, and as a longtime Torrance resident, my number one concern is all of my friends and neighbors at Toyota and their families affected by this decision. I will do everything I can to support them. 

"Toyota representatives have personally informed me that this is strictly a business decision that has nothing to do with California's business climate. This is a nationwide corporate decision to consolidate their operations in one location. As part of this consolidation, Toyota will be moving manufacturing jobs from Kentucky as well as sales and financial jobs from Torrance.

"Nonetheless, I will continue to work to improve California's business climate. As Chairman of the Assembly Aerospace Select Committee, I have authored legislation and supported policies to provide tax incentives, cut down on regulations, and curb frivolous lawsuits. As Chairman of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Funding, I am fighting to reinvest in California's public schools, community colleges, and universities, so that we will continue to have a competitive workforce. In sum, I will continue to work to make California more competitive for business."

Just Tim April 29, 2014 at 02:29 PM
Robert, if you advocate gun control, anti-smoking, DUI checkpoints or NSA spying, you are those things you listed above. Some of us, including myself have had enough and are calling you out for it. Step up, sit down and understand that you do not control other folks thoughts and liberties. Time to grow up my friend, you cannot legislate morality.
Jim B. April 29, 2014 at 02:34 PM
Timmy Tims...chill out, "tough guy". You've "had enough", eh? Who cares? "Calling you out". Ha! Again, who cares? Robert's right; you are a low-information, ignorant putz who professes to be some kind of "freedom-lovin'" patriot or something. Newsflash: you are anything but. Now run along, sonny.
Just Tim April 29, 2014 at 03:00 PM
Jim, you are also being called out for trying to control others thoughts and liberties. It is folks like you, that cause companies to move and take middle class, fair wage jobs with them. Companies are tired of having to try to please the left wing fringe with their taxes, regulations and thought police. They simply can't do that and make a profit. You and your thought police are the reason companies don't want to stay.
Bruce Szeles April 29, 2014 at 04:36 PM
Toyota's announced departure has a negative effect on incumbents whether perceived or real. Mr. Muratsuchi and the head of Toyota North America can state other wise but the perception of "higher tax" and non business friendly environment still exist here in California and that is troubling. Ms. Champlain's statement that the move is attributed to "changing time as anything else" will not buy groceries or pay the mortgage. Common sense would agree with Ms. Champlain's assertion that Mr. Muratsuchi "didn't force them out" but when voters read that Mr. Muratsuchi and Mr. Lieu (both DEMS and both are in elections in June) are creating policy to loan Hermosa Beach (interest free) tens of millions of dollars to fight business (and only the lawyers will be making money) with our tax dollars a voter may wonder if they need NEW "forward thinking politicians" in the State House to work hard for (the tax payers) them!
Robert Karlton April 30, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Timmy's seeing "thought police" again. Better see a doctor, pal.

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