Latest Updates from Assemblymember Bloom

Assemblyman Richard Bloom Joins Lawmakers To Phase Out California Drift Gillnets

With the full support of Turtle Island Restoration Network, OCEANA, and other marine conservations organizations, California Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), and Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) this week called on the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service to transition away from deadly California drift gillnets.

BDS is Not the Way at UCLA - Statement by Assembly Member Richard Bloom

What is needed today vis a vis the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are not BDS votes against Israel or Israeli collective punishment against innocent Palestinian families who happen to be related to terrorists (i.e. illegal and proven ineffective home demolitions). What is needed are Israeli and Palestinian statesmen whose cool heads, calming rhetoric, condemnation of violence, and commitment to return to serious negotiations to achieve a two state solution to this conflict before more blood is shed and suffering is experienced.

Law helps homeless students graduate

Joshua Ford, 18, has spent a good deal of his life homeless, moving from shelters to friends’ homes, then back to shelters. He said he has attended about 30 schools, primarily in Santa Barbara County. Despite his home situation, he was a top-performing student until 9th grade.

“I missed important tests,” Ford said of his first year in high school. “I wasn’t there at the end of the year. I got all F’s. I was really discouraged. Those grades weren’t a reflection of me.”

Governor Signs Richard Bloom’s Pair of Paparazzi Bills

October 2, 2014 -- Paparazzi and others who stalk people for business or pleasure will have a harder time doing what they like to do after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a pair of bills on Tuesday introduced by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom.

AB 1356 expands the definition of stalking to include placing a person “under surveillance,” which is done through somebody standing outside another person’s home, school or workplace for what is determined to be no legitimate purpose.

Change for US aquariums

After the 2013 documentary film Blackfish brought the world’s attention to the controversy surrounding keeping marine mammals in captivity, many North American aquariums have began to react by scaling back dolphin and whale shows, or eliminating them altogether, while also facing government crackdowns on whale breeding.

Governor Brown Signs Legislation Expanding Pharmacy Access to Lifesaving Overdose Reversal Drug

SACRAMENTO, CA— Today, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) announced that Governor Jerry Brown has signed his bill, AB 1535, to greatly expand access to the opiate overdose reversal medicine naloxone at pharmacies throughout the state.

“This is a major victory in our efforts to combat the rising rate of overdose fatalities not only in California, but across the country,” said Bloom.  “The overdose crisis is one of the country’s most serious health problems and this new law will give us another tool to help combat this epidemic.”

Bloom’s Resolution Supporting Gay Male Blood Donors Passes Assembly

August 27, 2014 -- For more than 30 years, men who have had sex with men have been banned from donating blood due to a fear of HIV and AIDS infection. Democrat Richard Bloom, Santa Monica’s former mayor and current representative in the State Assembly, wants to eliminate that restriction.

The Assembly late last week approved a resolution introduced by Bloom that calls for the federal government to “repeal the current donor suitability policies … and instead direct the [Food and Drug Administration] to develop science-based policies.”