Saturday, May 13, 2017

An appointment to a State Board or Commission by the Governor or Assembly Speaker can be a very rewarding experience and ensures your community has a voice in state policy.  As a member of a board or commission, you can influence public policy; bring attention to issues that you care about and help others understand why they are important; gain access to policymakers; learn about the political process; and serve as a role model for others in your community.  But how does one find out about the various boards and commissions?  What qualifications or expertise is needed?  Is there an application to complete? What is the appointment process?

Few know the answers to those questions which is why I have partnered with the Office of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, the Office of the Governor, and the City of West Hollywood in presenting a seminar entitled “Taking the Lead – Get Appointed to a California State Commission or Board” in conjunction with the City’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference & Network.

Please join me for this FREE hour-long seminar which will be conducted by Mona Pasquil, Appointments Secretary in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and Nikki Johnson, Senior Advisor to the Speaker on Appointments in the Office of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. The two will explain the application process for seeking an appointment from either the Governor or Assembly Speaker. Come prepared with questions and be the first to learn about current vacancies.

Taking the Lead – Get Appointed to a California State Commission or Board

Saturday, May 13, 2017
9:30 a.m.

West Hollywood Park Auditorium/Library
625 N San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA  90069

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Since 1968, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) volunteer-based tax assistance program has helped nearly 50 million low- to moderate-income taxpayers.

I am excited to announce we have partnered with AARP to offer this free tax preparation service to five locations around the 50th Assembly District. To take advantage of this free service, please RSVP by calling the phone number at the site convenient for you!

Tax Assistance Locations

Please Call (323) 937-5900

Please Call (310) 285-6840

Please Call (310) 559-9677

Please Call (310) 479-4119

Please Call (310) 394-9871

** In order to receive FREE tax assistance you must call and make an appointment, you will be given further instructions about what documents to bring with you.**

Please contact Tim Harter in my district office for more information.
Phone: (310) 450-0041 Email:

You can also enter your zip code on  to find other free tax assistance locations in your area.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

City of West Hollywood Ellis Act Community Action Forum - Thursday, March 9, 2017

The city of West Hollywood is hosting an Ellis Act Community Action Forum on Thursday, March 9, 2017.  The Ellis Act is a state law, enacted in 1985, that allows landlords to evict tenants from their rental units without cause on the promise of exiting the rental market.

Join Assemblymember Richard Bloom, state Senator Ben Allen, and a panel of housing policy experts for an important discussion about how the state’s Ellis Act law has impacted tenants in the city of West Hollywood and in communities across the state.

Learn about legislation Assemblymember Bloom has introduced to amend the Ellis Act and address the high cost of housing in California.  You will also learn what the city of West Hollywood is doing to work with other jurisdictions and advocacy organizations to support efforts in the California Legislature to address this problem. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017
7 – 9 p.m.

Council Chambers at West Hollywood Library
625 N San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood

Validated parking will be provided in the adjacent five-story parking structure.  The event is free and open to the public but space is limited.

For more information about this event or how to support Assemblymember Bloom’s efforts to address the state’s housing crisis, please email

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Deaths and injuries can often be prevented by the proper use of correctly installed car seats, boosters, and seat belts.

Is your child’s car seat installed properly?  Is your car seat the appropriate seat for your child’s age, weight and height?

I have partnered with Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, California Highway Patrol, South Robertson Neighborhood Council and Kids Are 1st to host a FREE Car Seat Safety Inspection Event.

Stop by the event to have your child safety seat inspected by certified technicians representing the California Highway Patrol. This free event is open to all ages and will include Child ID Kits with fingerprints and a photograph - one of the most important tools used by authorities to aid in the recovery of a missing person.

Sunday, February 26, 2017
11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
8866 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(City of Los Angeles parking lot between Swall and Clark)

**Advance reservations for car seat inspections are highly recommended**

Please email for an appointment.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

FREE assistance with selecting and enrolling in a healthcare plan that is right for your family

November 1 was the start of the Open Enrollment Period – the yearly period when people can enroll in a health insurance plan for 2017. The open enrollment period runs from November 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017. This is the time to Enroll, Renew or Change plans for 2017.

  • Enroll: If you do not have health insurance through an employer, now is the time to enroll in a private plan through Covered California – you may qualify for financial assistance to help pay for health coverage.
  • Renew: If you want to keep your plan and your income has not changed, your plan will automatically be renewed. (You may want to stop by and check out new plans and prices that may work better for you and your family. Many consumers may be able to limit any premium increases or reduce their current payments by shopping around and switching to the lowest-cost plan in their same metal tier.)
  • Change Your Plan: If you currently have a plan through Covered California and would like to select a new plan, now is the time. The only time you can change your health plan is during open enrollment or a qualifying special enrollment period.

My office is here to help you Enroll, Renew or Change your plan! We are hosting three FREE Healthcare Insurance Enrollment Events throughout the district for you to get help choosing and enrolling in a plan that is right for you and your family. Certified enrollment counselors will be available on-site at each of the following locations to provide in-person assistance to:

  • Determine if your income qualifies you for financial assistance
  • Explain the different plan options available to you
  • Choose a plan that addresses your concerns and your family’s individual needs
  • Complete the enrollment paperwork

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Saban Community Clinic
6043 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

RSVP For This Event

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Saturday, January 21, 2017
YMCA Hollywood
1553 Schrader Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

RSVP For This Event

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Saturday, January 28, 2017
Pico Branch Library
2201 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405

RSVP For This Event

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What to Bring:

For each family member who will be covered by the health plan (including you), you should bring the following:

  • Proof of income*
  • Identification (CA Identification Card  or Driver’s License, Passport)
  • Proof of Citizenship: ** (U.S. Passport, Legal Resident Card, Certificate of Citizenship, Naturalization Documentation) 

* Proof of current income of all family members applying (tax return, W-2, recent pay stubs, etc). A dependent’s income should only be included if their income level requires them to file a tax return. A family is defined as the person who files taxes as head of household and all the dependents claimed on that person’s taxes. If you don’t file taxes, you can still qualify for free or low-cost insurance through Medi-Cal.

**Families that include unlawfully present immigrants can apply. You can apply for your child even if you are not eligible for coverage.

The Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty - known as “shared responsibility payment” – for those who do not have health coverage and do not qualify for an exemption.

[Individuals can enroll online, by phone, via paper applications, through a Covered California certified insurance agent or certified enrollment counselor during the 2017 Open Enrollment period from Nov. 1, 2016 until Jan. 31, 2017]