Latest Updates from Assemblymember Bloom

Assembly Member Bloom Releases Statement Regarding Fracking and SB 4

"When I first took office more than nine months ago, I introduced legislation, AB 1301, to place a moratorium on the highly dangerous oil extraction process known as fracking until the state develops the necessary assurances to protect against the inherent threats to our public health, safety and our natural resources.

However, I am confronted with what I feel and what is achievable. Simply put, a moratorium is not supported by the Legislature or the Governor and every other legislative effort has failed except for SB 4, by Senator Fran Pavley. While this bill does not have everything that I want it has many of the significant protections we have sought for months - CEQA compliant well and fracking permits, well stimulation tracking, groundwater monitoring, notification to residents, chemical disclosure, tracking of fracking wastewater, seismic analysis, and the first California-focused impact study.

Bobcat Protection Act clears Senate

SACRAMENTO — The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown for review.

The bill passed the Senate Monday and cleared the Assembly Tuesday.

It was introduced by Assemblyman Richard Bloom of Santa Monica, responding to an outcry over bobcat trapping for fur export.

Bloom Announces Emergency Legislation To Save Local Transportation Projects

Assembly Members Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced Wednesday they have introduced emergency legislation (AB 1222) to prevent the federal decertification of local transit authorities across the state that would jeopardize billions of dollars in federal transit grants resulting in massive project termination and thousands of job losses.

Brown Unveils Plan To Exempt Transit Workers From Pension Reforms

On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced a proposal (AB 1222) that would exempt public transit workers from pension reforms implemented this year while a court determines whether the new rules apply to such workers, the Los Angeles Times reports (York, Los Angeles Times, 9/4).

The plan was introduced by Assembly members Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) and Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) (Ortiz, Sacramento Bee, 9/5).

California rushes to temporarily set aside pension reforms to save transit funding

Public transit workers in California will not be subject to new pension rules imposed on state and local government employees under a plan proposed by California Gov. Edmund. G. “Jerry” Brown, aimed at preventing the loss of billions of dollars in federal funding to transit districts throughout the state.

Mr. Brown's proposal will be introduced in a bill by Democratic Assemblyman Richard Bloom, who heads the budget subcommittee on transportation. The Assembly and Senate are expected to approve the legislation before the close of the legislative session next week.

Assembly Members Richard Bloom and Roger Dickinson Announce Emergency Legislation to Save Local Transportation Projects

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Members Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) today announced they have introduced emergency legislation (AB 1222) to prevent the federal decertification of local transit authorities across the state that would jeopardize billions of dollars in federal transit grants resulting in massive project termination and thousands of job losses. 

“The impact of the ruling by the federal government is an immediate and serious threat to billions of dollars in crucial project funding and thousands of jobs,” said Bloom.  “A failure to resolve this immediately would be irresponsible, irreversible and strike at the heart of our economic recovery.”

CARPOOL LANES: Bills expand low-emission program

SACRAMENTO -- Two bills that would extend low-emission vehicles’ access to carpool lanes are on their way to the governor after receiving final legislative approval.

A measure by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, would extend the “green sticker program” that lets plug-in hybrid vehicles use carpool lanes. A companion bill by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, would extend the “white sticker” program, which gives electric- and natural-gas powered cars access to carpool lanes.

Lawmakers extend carpool perk for clean vehicles

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The state Senate has approved two bills designed to encourage motorists to buy low-polluting vehicles.

Both extend existing programs that allow solo drivers to use carpool lanes as an incentive.

Legislature OKs bills to extend HOV access for clean vehicles

The California Assembly has approved extension of the so-called “Green Sticker” program while the state Senate has okayed extending the “White Sticker” program, which, if they make it into law, could help sales of “clean” vehicles such as electric cars and hybrids.

Both bills allow the latest generation of low-emission vehicles to access the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) highway lanes.

HOV lane sticker program will get extended to 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KFSN) -- There is great news for electric car owners. It looks like they can keep using the carpool lane, even when driving alone.

Solo drivers sometimes look at that left lane with envy, but with the right car and the right sticker, they may be able to get access without carpooling.