Bloom's Bulletin

District Update

July 2015 District Report

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 00:00

Greetings:

While the Legislature was deliberating over the state budget this summer, thousands of young adults in our community graduated from high school or college and began their first step towards furthering their education or entering the world of work. As a parent of two young adults who have finished college and are now in careers of their own, I can attest to the joy of witnessing their dedication and hard work come to fruition as they move on to their next stage in life. For all of our graduates, their families and friends, congratulations on your success and I wish you best of luck in your next endeavor.

To stay updated on what’s happening in the 50th Assembly District and the Capitol, take a look at this month’s District Report. Articles are listed below.

Sincerely,

Richard Bloom

District Update

May 2015 District Report

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 00:00

Greetings:

For the last two months, the various budget subcommittees in the Legislature have met nearly 100 times to review and analyze nearly every area of state funding in an effort to pass the state budget by the June 15th constitutional deadline. While much work has been done, many important decisions have yet to be made. Improving local control over school finances, increasing access to subsidized childcare for low-income families, expanding enrollment for in-state students at our California State University and University of California systems while keeping tuition affordable, and reinvesting in the services for our disabled and aging populations that we're devastated during the economic downturn are just sample of the issues that still need to be addressed. As a member of the Budget Committee and Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation, these issues will be my primary focus over the next month. As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts as we move through the process.

Sincerely,

Richard Bloom

District Update

March 2015 District Report

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 00:00

Greetings:

As the spring weather heats up, so are the policy and budget debates in Sacramento.  Friday, February 27th was the introduction deadline for all bills to be heard during the 2015 legislative session.  There is certainly no shortage of new bills – 2,297 in all!  The state budget debate is also in full swing.  In fact, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #3 on Resources and Transportation that I oversee has already met three times to discuss drought and toxic cleanup funding.  Over the next few months, we will be confronting a number of other important issues such as mitigating the impacts of climate change (which will be previewed at a special April 8th hearing) and assessing our wildfire prevention and transportation needs, to name a few.  As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts as we move through the process.

Sincerely,


RICHARD BLOOM

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 00:00

Greetings:

While the weather has been cold in Sacramento, the Legislature is heating up.  This month the governor delivered his State of the State address and followed that days later with the unveiling of his January 2015-16 state budget proposal.  On top of that bills are getting introduced daily as we inch closer to the February 27th introduction deadline for the 2015 legislative session.  As Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee that handles all environmental and transportation issues in the budget and as a member of the full Assembly Budget Committee, I look forward to working with the governor and my colleagues on the many issues we face heading into the new legislative year.  And as always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts as well.

Sincerely,

Richard Bloom

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 00:00

Greetings:

Last month, California voters were asked to make important decisions that will impact the direction of our communities and the state as a whole.  But none were more important for California’s long-term security than Proposition 1 and 2 - two initiatives placed on the ballot by the Legislature and overwhelmingly passed by the voters.  With the passage of Proposition 1, California has taken a significant leap in securing future water supplies while we face one of the most serious droughts in the state’s history.  By passing Proposition 2, California has created another level of protection against future economic recessions by establishing a “rainy day” fund to offset or minimize spending reductions in education and vital programs that protect our most vulnerable populations.  While we have much more work to do, these are important steps in keeping California thriving and are examples of what we can accomplish together.  Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Richard Bloom

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 00:00

Greetings:

The beginning of October signals that we are officially into fall.  With that comes the end to Daylight Savings Time, postseason baseball, and Halloween.  But it also means that the Governor has finished signing and vetoing the 1,075 bills introduced by 120 legislators since January.  In this report, I have provided a brief synopsis of the bills I authored that were signed by the Governor.

The end of all of this legislative work also means that I finally left Sacramento to spend more time in our community.  Over the next couple of months I will be attending neighborhood councils, hosting open houses and office hours throughout the district, as well sponsoring many community events. You can learn more about these events in this report. I look forward to seeing you and hearing your thoughts over the next few months.

Sincerely,


Richard Bloom

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 00:00

Greetings:

It is hard to believe that summer is already coming to an end (in fact, the Fall Equinox is only a few weeks away). In the Capitol, the end of summer signifies the end of the legislative session which closed this last Friday. Over the past few weeks, the Legislature met every day to reach a resolution on important issues such as groundwater regulation, climate change protection, a film industry tax credit to keep production and jobs in California, funding for higher education, and many other important issues.

However, the end of summer also signifies back-to-school for many people. Having raised two sons, I understand both the excitement and chaos that comes with this time of year. As you go through the motions of preparing your children for their new school or next grade level or purchasing new school supplies and clothes, please also take a moment to review these current school safety precautions produced by the National Safety Council and share or discuss them with your children to keep them safe in the upcoming school year.

Sincerely


RICHARD BLOOM

District Update

July 2014 District Report

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 00:00

Greetings:

As the temperature heats up so has the activity in Sacramento. During the past few months, the Legislature has held well over a hundred policy committee hearings, debating over 1,000 legislative proposals. Legislation to build more affordable housing, incentivize businesses to stay in California, provide student loan refinancing relief, ban single-use plastic bags, and fix our State Teachers' Retirement System are just a few of the proposals that have been under consideration.

In addition, after nearly one hundred budget committee hearings that began in January, we finally crossed the finish line. And for the second year in a row, the Legislature passed a budget that was completely balanced and on-time. You can learn more about the State Budget here.

The progress of important legislation is just one of the items discussed in this update. As always, please continue to share your thoughts with me.

Sincerely


RICHARD BLOOM

District Update

April 2014 District Report

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 00:00

Greetings:

The recent rainfall we have had throughout the state, particularly in Northern California, has been a welcomed relief to our historically dry winter.  However, water levels throughout the state are still dangerously low and conditions still very dry.  For example, as of April 1st, Los Angeles is on 41% of normal and traditionally wetter San Francisco is only 54% of normal and our statewide snowpack levels a mere 33% of normal as we head into the summer months. 

Drier conditions mean increased fire risks particularly in areas like the Santa Monica Mountains and less water means higher food prices and potential water use restrictions imposed by your local water district.  Therefore, as we go through the spring season, is it imperative that we do all we can to conserve. 

The drought is one of many issues in this report.  As always, please continue to share your thoughts with me.

Sincerely


RICHARD BLOOM

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 00:00

Greetings,

With the New Year comes a new legislative session - and this year looks to be busier than the last.

Already we have a lot on our plates.  Debate has started on how to fix the water bond to better address our water shortages before it heads to the ballot in November and there is plenty of discussion on how to best utilize revenue from the Cap and Trade program to curb greenhouse gasses. 

Efforts to reform our film tax incentive program to stem the flow of jobs to other states and eliminate obstacles that have impeded the High Speed Rail project from moving forward are underway.  And proposals to address prison overcrowding as required by the federal government and reduce the unfunded liability for the state’s teacher retirement system are already circulating.

This is just a snapshot of what is in store for the upcoming year.  As always, I hope you will continue to share your thoughts and concerns as we grind through all of these difficult, but important, issues. 

Sincerely,

RICHARD BLOOM
Assemblymember, 50th District