Latest Updates from Assemblymember Bloom

Letter to the editor | Many will not see the worst climate change

Cal Thomas, not a scientist, and like other conservative ideologues, loves to cherry-pick quotes and facts to support political ideas that naively pretend to be true. Recently, he attacked Greta Thunberg and her campaign against global warming by dismissing her age and comparing her presence to President Donald Trump’s showmanship. I guess that dismisses her facts. Then he presents quotes from a biologist from the 1960s as proof that she is wrong?

Ballona Wetlands: Malibu Lagoon's Resounding Success

Ms. Goode's forecast was spot-on. It's been six years since the bulldozers, scrapers and backhoes stopped, and the Malibu Lagoon restoration is a resounding success. The final of six yearly Comprehensive Monitoring Reports performed by The Bay Foundation based on detailed scientific monitoring data prove the Project wholly succeeded in meeting its goals, performance standards and success criteria, and requires no supplemental work. In other words, it was done perfectly right the first time and is finished. Indeed, most of the goals were already met by Year 3. 

Bill to Force Insurance Providers to Cover Hearing Aids, Services for California Kids Lands at Governor's Desk

A nearly two-decade-long battle may soon be victorious as a monumental bill aimed at expanding insured hearing services for children in California has reached the governor’s desk. Dubbed the “Let California Kids Hear Act,” Assembly Bill 598 would force health insurance providers to cover the costs of hearing aids and related services for those under the age of 18.

California Legislature Aims to Broaden Access to Hearing Aids for Minors

SACRAMENTO – Today, legislation to expand insurance coverage for children’s hearing aids passed the California State Assembly. The measure, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica), would require health insurance plans to provide coverage for hearing aids and hearing aid services for children under 18 years of age.

California Lawmakers Approve Bill to Cap Rent Increases

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers sent Gov. Gavin Newsom legislation Wednesday capping rent increases as the nation’s most populous state struggles with an affordable housing and a homelessness crisis.

Assembly members voted 46-22 to limit annual rent increases at 5% plus inflation. The cap expires in 2030 and would not apply to housing built within the last 15 years and single-family homes not owned by corporations or trusts. Also exempt are duplexes where the owner lives in one unit.

Vigil for boat fire victims to be held at Santa Monica Pier

A community gathering and vigil will be held Thursday evening at the aquarium beneath the Santa Monica Pier.

The ocean protection organization Heal the Bay will host the vigil from 6 to 10 p.m. at its aquarium to grieve the 34 victims of the Conception boat fire, including two Santa Monicans, Charles Mcllvain and Marybeth Guiney. Guiney was a Heal the Bay cleanup volunteer and donor dating back to 2011, according to a Heal the Bay press release.

Legislature Approves Measure to close abusive loopholes in the Ellis Act

SACRAMENTO – On Thursday, September 5, the California State Assembly approved AB 1399, Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s (D-Santa Monica) measure to close loopholes in the Ellis Act that have allowed some landlords to displace tenants and raise the price of rent control units. Though misuse of the Ellis Act has existed for decades, the current housing crisis has exacerbated the problem.