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March 12, 2017 In The News

With each passing Torrance refinery blast, fire, hydrofluoric acid leak, crane collapse, power outage or smoke-belching emergency flare, calls have grown for measures to make the plant safer.

March 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued a statement upon introduction of the No Money Bail Act of 2017, a bail reform bill that seeks to eliminate the use of money bail.  No one should be held in jail solely because of the inability to pay bail.  More than 2.3 million people are incarcerated in America, of which 450,000 individuals have never been convicted of a crime and are often detained because they cannot afford to pay bail.  Mr.

March 2, 2017 Press Release



WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) will host a Facebook Live video stream to update constituents of California’s 33rd congressional district and answer questions on the current state of our country.

Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA-33)

February 25, 2017 In The News

Warned of a possible federal crackdown on marijuana, California elected officials and cannabis industry leaders said Friday they were preparing for a potential showdown in the courts and Congress to protect the legalization measure approved by state voters in November.

February 25, 2017 In The News

On January 30, 23-year-old Torrance resident Ruhi Khan drove her brother to Los Angeles International Airport for his routine departure to American University of Antigua, a medical school in the Caribbean. She did not intend to join the thousands of protesters assembled at Tom Bradley International Terminal demonstrating against President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

Her brother’s unexpected encounter with airport security quickly changed her evening plans.

February 22, 2017 In The News

Creative Artists Agency will host a day-long nonpartisan summit with U.S. political leaders, employees, advocates and guests called “Take Action Day” on Feb. 23.

February 19, 2017 In The News

Concerned about repeated problems at the PBF Energy-owned oil refinery in Torrance in the aftermath of a weekend fire, the region’s pollution-control agency said Sunday it plans to conduct a community hearing to get to the bottom of things.

February 18, 2017 In The News

Torrance firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire Saturday morning at the Torrance Refining Co. complex.

Three dozen firefighters were dispatched to the refinery about 6 a.m. after getting reports of an explosion. They extinguished the blaze within a half hour, said Torrance Fire Capt. Robert Millea. City officials later issued an alert saying that there was “no offsite impact.” 

State and county health officials were also at the site, Millea said.

February 18, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement in response to the explosion and fire at Torrance Refinery.