Latest Updates from Assemblymember Bloom

Assemblymember Bloom Vows to Continue Effort to Modernize 9-1-1 Systems

Recent Reports Show Antiquated Phone System Contributed to Slower Response to LAX Shooting

SACRAMENTO – Amid recent reports that police could not immediately respond to the shooting last November at Los Angeles International Airport because the emergency phone system could not provide a location, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) has announced that he is going to push for reconsideration of Assembly Bill 911, a bill he authored last to require system upgrades to help reduce response time.

"Currently, most emergency calls placed from a phone in a large facility such as an airport, school campus, hospital, or court house, cannot provide specific location of where the call actually originated. This means that operators are unable to immediately direct where first responders should go," said Bloom. "This lack of information significantly delays emergency response as was the case at LAX last November."

Assemblymember Richard Bloom Seeks Ban on Plastic Microbeads

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) today announced that he has introduced legislation, AB 1699, to ban the sale of personal care products that contain micro-plastic particle abrasives, commonly referred to as "microbeads," that are found in products such as facial scrubs, soaps, and toothpaste.

Assemblymember Bloom’s Committee Advances Emergency Drought Relief Plan

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation, chaired by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) today approved an emergency drought relief plan to immediately allocate $687.4 million to help address the state’s devastatingly dry conditions and to increase local water supplies to communities throughout the state.

“California is experiencing one of the worst droughts since we began keeping records more than 150 years ago. We must prepare as if these conditions will continue for the foreseeable future,” said Bloom. “Given the gravity of the situation, there is no more important action by the Legislature than accelerating these funds for projects that will immediately address water supply, water storage, and water quality.”

Committees approve $687 million in drought relief

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A $687 million drought relief plan is headed for floor votes in the Legislature after winning quick approval Wednesday in legislative committees.

Assembly and Senate budget committees passed the bills, a week after the package was announced by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic legislative leaders. California is facing its driest year on record, putting 17 communities at risk of running out of drinking water while forcing farmers in the nation's agricultural heartland to fallow fields and uproot orchards.

Brief: Doing away with the ‘glove law’

Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) on Monday announced that he has co-authored emergency legislation to provide relief to food facilities from the “glove law” enacted Jan. 1, 2014 that prohibits bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food.

The legislation, AB 2130, will repeal the section of the Retail Food Code that prohibits bare hand contact with food and replaces it with the law as it existed in 2013.

Glove Law for Food Handling Could Be Repealed in California

For chefs and local restaurateurs who've been up in arms, so to speak, since California's so-called glove law went into effect on Jan. 1 of this year, forcing food handlers to wear a new pair of plastic gloves each time they handle food, help may be on the way.

Assemblymember Richard Bloom Seeks Ban On Plastic Microbeads

Assemblymember Richard Bloom (Dem-Santa Monica) has introduced legislation, AB 1699, to ban the sale of personal care products that contain mirco-plastic particle abrasives, commonly referred to as “microbeads,” that are found in products such as facial scrubs, soaps, and toothpaste.

By Daniel Archuleta / Special to The Malibu Times

Assemblymember and former Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) announced Thursday that he has introduced legislation, AB 1699, to ban the sale of personal care products that contain mirco-plastic particle abrasives, commonly referred to as “microbeads,” that are found in products such as facial scrubs, soaps and toothpaste.

Assemblymember Richard Bloom Seeks Ban on Plastic Microbeads

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) today announced that he has introduced legislation, AB 1699, to ban the sale of personal care products that contain mirco-plastic particle abrasives, commonly referred to as “microbeads,” that are 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.