Latest Updates from Assemblymember Bloom

City to examine use of rat poison

The Los Angeles City Council is moving forward with an examination on the use of rat poisons in city parks after it was disclosed recently that a mountain lion living in Griffith Park may have been sickened from eating animals that had consumed rodents that ingested the poison.

Richard Bloom Announces Earth Day Poster Challenge Winners

Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) announced on April 24 the winners of his first annual Earth Day Poster Challenge for students in grades 1 through 12 who attend a school located in the 50th Assembly District, the legislator's office announced in a statement.

A grand prize was awarded for the best overall poster and one first place selection each from the elementary, junior high, and high school level. The grand prize award went to Capella Fox, a first-grader from Wilshire Private School in Los Angeles.

Tracy students take action after watching 'Blackfish'

A group of Williams Middle School students have started their own grassroots effort to end the captivity of orcas for entertainment purposes after watching the documentary "Blackfish."

Jalyssa Flores and Sierra Rodda, both 12, ignited the spark in teacher Amanda Lis' sixth-grade class.

The two girls had relayed their strong feelings about captive orcas to Lis in January after watching the 2013 film on television with their families.

Santa Monica Celebrates Local Art Leaders

The Santa Monica Arts Foundation held its second-annual award ceremony last week, celebrating three of the bayside city’s foremost leaders in the arts community.

Mayor Pam O’Connor, Santa Monica’s State Assembly Rep. Richard Bloom and about 80 other local leaders gathered at Shutters on the Beach Thursday to celebrate the three honorees who have contributed to the bayside’s art community in a variety of ways.

Assemblymember Bloom’s Legislation Expanding Access to Lifesaving Overdose Reversal Drug and Banning the Use of Rodenticide Both Pass First hurdle; Orca Captivity Legislation to Undergo More Review

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, two of Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s (D-Santa Monica) bills, AB 1535 which would expand access to the lifesaving opiate overdose reversal medication, naloxone hydrochloride and AB 2657, which would ban the use of certain anticoagulant rodenticides in environmentally sensitive areas, passed their respective first committees.  Meanwhile, Assemblymember Bloom’s landmark legislation to phase out orca captivity in California was sent to an interim study for further review.

AB 1535, which allows pharmacists to distribute naloxone to whomever expresses a need for access, such as persons at risk of an opiate overdose or their friends and family, passed the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection on a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 14-0.

Assemblyman Richard Bloom’s Plastic Microbeads Ban Passes Assembly Natural Resources Committee Vote

Assemblymember Richard Bloom represents the 50th District, which includes Agoura Hills, Malibu, Topanga, Pacific Palisades, Bel Air, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and much of West Los Angeles, Hancock Park and Hollywood.

Assemblymember Richard Bloom (Dem-50th District) announced Monday that his legislation to ban plastic microbeads and reduce ocean debris passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on a 6-3 vote.

Assemblymember Bloom’s Legislation to Ban on Plastic Microbeads Passes First Hurdle

SACRAMENTO – Today, legislation by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) that would ban plastic microbeads and reduce ocean debris passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on a 6-3 vote.  The legislation, AB 1699, specifically bans the sale of personal care products that contain mirco-plastic particle abrasives, commonly referred to as “microbeads,” that are commonly found in products such as facial scrubs, soaps, and toothpaste.

“Microbeads are a significant part of the debris accumulating in the Pacific Ocean and are also found at alarming levels in our local waterways,” said Bloom.  “We have no choice but to eliminate this pollution at the source.  Waiting will only compound the problem and the price of cleaning up.

Assemblymember Bloom Unveils Landmark Orca Welfare & Safety Act

Bill would phase out orca captivity in California

SANTA MONICA – Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) today announced that he has introduced legislation that seeks to phase out killer whale, or orca, captivity in California. The bill, AB 2140, named the Orca Welfare and Safety Act, will end performance-based entertainment and captive breeding programs in California. The changes sought by the legislation would be the most comprehensive protections laws for orcas in captivity in the United States in over 40 years.

Joining Assemblymember Bloom at the press conference were Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Director of Blackfish, the critically acclaimed documentary on orca captivity, Naomi Rose, Ph.D., Marine Mammal Scientist with the Animal Welfare Institute, and two former SeaWorld orca trainers, John Hargrove and Carol Ray.