Latest Updates from Assemblymember Bloom

Bill gives Calif. youthful offenders second chance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Criminals serving long prison sentences for offenses they committed as teenagers would have an earlier chance for freedom under a bill working its way through the Legislature.

The bill by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, expands on legislation signed into law last year that gives a second chance to inmates who committed murder before they turned 18 and were sentenced to life without parole.

Malibu puts rehab centers on notice

City officials are gearing up for a major crackdown on drug and alcohol treatment centers in Malibu, many of which it claims operate with little scrutiny from the state and a brazen disregard for local law, all in the name of increasing head counts and maximizing profits. 

Santa Monica Shooting Brings Calls for Gun Regulations

Local officials are calling for better systems to identify and treat mental health problems and for stronger gun-control lobbyists and legislation in the wake of last week's rampage that left five dead.

Police on Thursday said that John Zawahri, 23, “lived a troubled life and that he experienced mental health challenges. Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said “his mental health challenges likely played a role in his decisions to shoot and kill."

Bill to restrict trapping of bobcats approved by state Assembly

The state Assembly on Thursday approved a bill that would prohibit trappers from catching bobcats near Joshua Tree National Park.

The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013, or AB 1213, grew out of a controversy in the town of Joshua Tree earlier this year when a resident found an empty cage trap on his property and others in the community noticed that bobcats they used to see near the national park had vanished.

California Assembly approves bill to counter bobcat trapping

The California Assembly on Thursday approved legislation to protect bobcats from unlimited commercial trapping.

The bill, AB 1213, was introduced by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) in response to the recent discovery of bobcat traps set along the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park.

Assemblyman Bloom Wraps up Natural Resources and Transportation Budget Committee Work

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #3 which oversees natural resources and transportation funding, late yesterday finalized the subcommittee’s work for the 2013-14 State Budget.  The subcommittee’s work was presented by Mr. Bloom to the full Assembly Budget Committee and was voted out 16-10 and sent to the Assembly Floor along with the other four subcommittee reports.

Bloom Comments on Recent Boy Scouts Decision

SACRAMENTO – In response to today’s decision by the Boy Scouts of America, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) issued the following statement:

“This is a step in the right direction, but come on Boy Scouts, let’s get real.  You have just told every kid in America that discrimination begins at the age of 18.  Fortunately, young people will see through this nonsense and bring on the full measure of change that the adults seem incapable of."