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Friday, February 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – This morning, Governor Jerry Brown announced his proposal to spend $437 million on dam safety improvements and flood control infrastructure. Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation, released the following statement in response to the proposal:

 

“Just as the California Legislature accelerated hundreds of millions of dollars over the last two years to assist communities impacted by the historic drought, we stand ready to make any and all emergency repairs to our dams and flood control infrastructure.  Moving forward, I expect to see comprehensive and detailed plans from those agencies charged with monitoring and inspecting our water systems so that we can identify weaknesses, target our resources on critical needs, and swiftly get to work on fixes. By doing so, we will better ensure that we are preventing another ‘Oroville’ next year rather than responding to one.”

Saturday, January 28, 2017

City Council Deal Brings an End to a Decades-Long Effort  

SACRAMENTO - Today on January 28, 2017, the Santa Monica City Council announced an agreement with the U.S. federal government to close the Santa Monica Airport and return control of the airport to the city’s residents on December 31, 2028. The agreement brings an end to a longstanding, decades-long battle to close the airport.

“I congratulate the city council, manager, attorney, and all of the city staff who have doggedly pursued a successful strategy and brought an end to a decades-long effort,” said Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica). “As the former Mayor of Santa Monica, I worked on this issue for the nearly 14 years of my council tenure and recognize the tenacity, courage, and resilience that it takes to go up against a massive federal agency that had dug in its heels for decades. Today’s settlement is a watershed moment in Santa Monica history that benefits the city and many surrounding communities”.

Friday, January 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, California State Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), who authored the Orca Welfare and Safety Act that ended orca shows and captive breeding in California, released a statement on the passing of Tilikum:

"I am saddened to learn of the passing of Tilikum, the orca whose life was the centerpiece in the documentary Blackfish and the efforts to end orca captivity. Tilikum embodied all that is wrong with having orcas in captivity. He was ripped away from his mother from his wild, natural environment when he was only two years old - a pod he would still be with today had he never been captured, lived a life of solitude, developed health problems at a young age, and exhibited aggressive behaviors towards other orcas and humans ultimately leading to the deaths of three people. Sadly, his life was needed for us to realize this tragedy had to stop. My heart goes out to all who have cared for him over the years and the countless individuals who have worked so hard to put an end to orca captivity."
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Governor Brown signed AB 2480, a bill authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D - Santa Monica) that will unlock funding for watershed restoration and infrastructure projects.

“California’s watersheds serve as this state’s natural infrastructure,” said Assemblymember Bloom. “Restoring and conserving these watersheds is therefore essential to improving water security and reliability. AB 2480 will help facilitate restoration and conservation projects and in doing so, protect our natural resources and water supply.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

AB 2501 Will Remove Barriers to the Construction of Affordable Housing

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2501, which clarifies state Density Bonus Law and removes barriers to the creation of affordable housing. Authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica), AB 2501 passed the legislature with bipartisan support and is backed by a coalition of local, social justice, and housing organizations.  

“The State Density Bonus Law is one of the most powerful tools we have to incentivize developers to build affordable housing,” said Assemblymember Bloom. “Unfortunately, the law’s efficacy is currently hampered by ambiguous provisions and local regulations. By clarifying Density Bonus Law, AB 2501 will facilitate the construction of affordable housing units and help increase housing supply throughout the state”

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

(Hollywood) – Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D- Santa Monica) hosted his second annual Hollywood Resource Fair at Hollywood Recreation Park.  Asm. Bloom’s office collected backpacks and school  materials for months, and along with LA City Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and David Ryu, Senator Ben Allen and LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, distributed them to residents of Hollywood.  Although most of Asm. Bloom’s work takes place in Sacramento, providing support and services to constituents is and has always been a priority. Watch this Assembly Access video to learn more.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

AB 2299 will Ease and Streamline Statewide Regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2299, which will encourage the development of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) as a way to increase the housing supply. Authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica), AB 2299 passed both houses of the legislature with bipartisan support and is backed by a broad coalition of social justice and housing organizations.  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

SACRAMENTO – This weekend, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2844, a measure to counter the escalating arbitrary and discriminatory efforts by groups calling for governments to adopt policies boycotting Israel.  Authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), AB 2844 would prohibit public contracts with any company participating in such boycotts. 

“Today, the state of California sent a strong message that it does not tolerate discrimination, hate, or bigotry,” said Bloom. “The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement seeks to undermine the state of Israel and replace the world’s only Jewish homeland, and only functioning democracy in the Middle East, with a single Palestinian State. AB 2844 helps put an end to that movement here in California.”

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Legislature passed a measure to counter the escalating arbitrary and discriminatory efforts by groups calling for governments to adopt policies boycotting Israel.  The bill, AB 2844, by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), would prohibit public contracts with any company participating in such boycotts. 

“The action today by the Legislature sends another strong message that California does not tolerate discrimination, hate, or bigotry,” said Bloom.  “It is a fact that the ultimate goal of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is to convince California companies to not do business with Israel and thereby undermine the economy and government of Israel and replace the world’s only Jewish homeland and the only functioning democracy in the Middle East, with a single Palestinian State.  This bill helps puts an end to that movement here in California.”