Latest Updates from Assemblymember Bloom

Brief: Bloom wants to do away with microbeads

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.

Bill banning sale of cosmetics containing microbeads to be proposed

California is lining up to become the largest state to ban the sale of cosmetic products, such as facial scrubs, containing tiny plastic beads that find their way into waterways and the ocean.

Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) plans to introduce a bill Thursday that would ban the sale of products containing the microbeads, which are too small to be removed by water treatment processes after they drain out of sinks and showers.

Capitol clout: Jewish legislators form strategic caucus in Sacramento

In a modest office near the floor of the state Senate, 12 California legislators meet to talk politics every month. Nothing unusual about that in Sacramento. Except that with this group, the lunch usually consists of lox and bagels, and the conversation is peppered with Yiddish.

Meet the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, which launched in January.

Assemblymember Richard Bloom Introduces Bill Expanding Pharmacy Access to Lifesaving Overdose Reversal Drug

SACRAMENTO, CA— In an effort to combat California’s rising rate of drug overdose fatalities, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) has introduced AB 1535, to greatly expand access to the opiate overdose reversal medicine naloxone at pharmacies throughout the state.

The bill would permit pharmacists to furnish the lifesaving drug to family members; people who may be in contact with a person at risk of an opiate overdose, or to the patient requesting it, pursuant to guidelines to be developed by the state’s boards of pharmacy and medicine.

Assemblymember Bloom Responds to Governor’s Budget Proposal on Court Funding

Sacramento – In response to the presentation of the Governor’s January Budget Proposal before the full Assembly Budget Committee, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) issued the following statement regarding court funding:

“Since 2008, court funding has been cut by a staggering 30% - or $653 million in baseline annual funding.  This has translated into the closure of 51 courthouses and 205 courtrooms, 30 courts with significantly reduced hours, and 37 courts with reduced self-help and family law facilitator services.

Bloom to Host Food Drive and Open House

Assemblymember Richard Bloom will be hosting an Open House and Holiday Food Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at his Santa Monica District Office.

The office, at 2800 28th Street, Ste. 150, in Santa Monica, will be open from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Free parking is available on site and light snacks will be provided.

Assemblymember Bloom Announces Open House and Food Drive

As we approach the holidays and make plans to spend time with our family and friends, we must remember that there are many families who are unable to have the things that we often take for granted.

My office will be hosting an Open House and Holiday Food Drive on December 18th at my Santa Monica District Office.  This open house and food drive is a great opportunity to donate non-perishable food for local families in need and, at the same time, gather together to meet me and my staff and share your thoughts and concerns on the issues facing our community and state. 

Former Mayor Speaks at Health Clinic Annual Holiday Open House

Former Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom visited the Westside Family Health Center on Monday at its annual holiday open house.

Bloom, who was Santa Monica’s mayor until last year when he elected to the state assembly, praised the center’s accomplishments and its Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, enrollment efforts.