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Lawmakers or landlords? More than a quarter of California legislators are both

In a quiet neighborhood on the outskirts of south Sacramento, the property looks like any other on the block: a single-story house that could use a new paint job, a large front yard that could use a little tidying, a chain-link fence surrounding the lot.

The tenants inside have no complaints—they have a good relationship with the property manager, and broken things get fixed on time. But like millions of renters in this increasingly costly state, they say that if their landlord raised the rent, they couldn’t afford to stay.

Sacramento Moves to Widen Dog Blood Supply From Exclusively Captive Donors

When Fluffy and Fido need surgery or transfusions, their humans have other worries besides where the blood comes from.

But state lawmakers are doing the worrying for them, trying to sort out exactly which canines should be allowed to donate blood and which shouldn’t.

Currently, most blood products used in veterinary medicine come from California, where dueling doggie blood bank bills have emerged to confront “closed colonies,” where animals are kept confined and bled at regular intervals before they are put up for adoption.

Bill aimed at boosting small housing units advances

A bill to streamline construction of small backyard homes passed a key committee earlier this week.

Assemblymember Richard Bloom introduced A.B. 881, which passed out of the Assembly Local Government Committee Wednesday on a 7-0 vote, to remove barriers to constructing accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Bloom has heralded ADUs as a way to solve California’s housing crisis and passed a bill in 2016 designed to ease local and statewide roadblocks to building what are sometimes called back houses or granny flats. The bill now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Santa Monica Lawmaker's Tax on Sugary Drinks Passes Key Committee

April 10, 2019 -- Assemblymember Richard Bloom's bill taxing sugary drinks was approved by the Health Committee Tuesday, nearly four years after the same committee soundly defeated a similar measure by the former Santa Monica mayor.

Bloom's AB 138 -- which would levy a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks to address California’s diabetes and obesity crisis -- would be the first such state tax approved in the country.

California Measure to Tax Sugary Drinks Passes First Policy Committee

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Assembly Health Committee passed a measure to levy a 2 cent/fluid ounce fee on sugary drinks, the revenues of which would be used to address California’s diabetes and obesity crisis. If passed into law, AB 138, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) could make California the first state in the United States to pass a statewide sugary drink tax.

Legislation to Ban the Use of Destructive “Rat Poisons” Moves Forward

SACRAMENTO – Legislation to ban certain “rat poisons”, or rodenticides, due to the unintended destructive downstream consequences on people, animals and wildlife passed the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee late Tuesday afternoon.  The bill, AB 1788, by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), would ban Second General Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARs) for use in