Past Events

CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program Virtual Town Hall*

Do you need help with unpaid rent or utilities?
Do you need help paying upcoming rent or utilities?
What protections do tenants affected by COVID-19 have from evictions?

The State of California recently increased funding for income-eligible renters and their landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19 to cover 100% of unpaid and future rent or utilities. This increase will help recoup landlord losses and keep tenants housed. California's critical eviction protections have also been extended for renters impacted by COVID-19, through September 30, 2021.

On Tuesday, August 17 at 5 p.m., my office is partnering with the CA Department of Housing & Community Development and Bet Tzedek Legal Services to host an important virtual town hall to learn more about the program, who is eligible, and how to apply for the financial assistance.

I hope you will join us at this free virtual town hall.

Tuesday, August 17
5 to 6:15 p.m.

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If you have questions or if my office can help you in any way, please contact my district office at (310) 450-0041.

*This webinar is intended for residents of Assembly District 50 who do not reside in the City of Los Angeles. The City of Los Angeles received federal funding to administer the 2021 COVID-19 Emergency Renters Assistance Program for City of LA Residents. (Sign up to be notified when the Emergency Renters Assistance Program for Los Angeles application reopens.)

Virtual Event - How to Get Appointed to a State Board or Commission

Have you considered becoming active in your community? Are you already active in your community, but are looking for more ways to serve? Have you considered serving on a state Commission or Board?

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 Gavin Newsom, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles in presenting a webinar to learn "How to Get Appointed to a State Board or Commission” on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 5:00-6:15pm.

Please join us for this FREE webinar to hear from Cathryn Rivera-Hernandez, Secretary of Appointments in the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom, and Juan Torres, Deputy Chief of Staff to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, as they explain how to figure out what opportunities exist on commissions and boards, how to apply, and explain the appointment process for seeking an appointment from either the Governor or Assembly Speaker. There will be a brief welcome by myself and Cece Feiler, Chair, Community Engagement with The Jewish Federation of Greater LA,, followed by presentations on the respective appointments process for the Governor and Speaker, and we will leave ample time for live Q&A at the end of the program.

How to Get Appointed to a State Board or Commission Webinar

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

5:00pm - 6:15pm

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7th Annual Earth Day Poster Contest

Earth Day Poster Challenge Flyer                    Earth Day Poster Challenge Authorization Form

Contest is open to all students in grades K thru 12 who live or attend school ini Assembly District 50.

To participate, students must submit a poster related to the 2021 theme of “Restore Our Earth.”

The poster should be 8 ½” by 11” and must be on recycled paper.  The poster can use any form of media including, but not limited to, photos, drawings, paintings and collages.  Some examples may include such things as showing an understanding of environmental advocacy, importance of renewable energy, or anything that shows basic understanding of the importance for caring for our planet.

All posters must be submitted no later than Monday, April 19, 2021.Posters received after that date will not be considered in this year’s contest. 

All posters must have school information, teacher information, full name, grade level and signed release form to be considered. (Earth Day Poster Challenge Authorization Form )

Posters must be submitted to:     Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom, Attn: Sebastian Lozano, 2800 28th Street, Suite 10, Santa Monica, CA, 90405

Winners will be announced on Earth Day April 22, 2021. 

There will be three (3) First Prize Winners, each selected from the K-3rd, 4th-6th and 7th-12th grade categories.  There will also be one (1) Grand Prize Winner selected from the entire participant pool.  All winners will receive a personalized letter from me, a California State Assembly Certificate of Recognition, and have their posters showcased on my social media accounts.

Please share the Earth Day Poster Challenge with your instructors, parents, and students.  If you have questions, please contact Sebastian Lozano at (310) 450-0041 or by email sebastian.lozano@asm.ca.gov.  

Senior Scam Stopper Virtual Seminar - February 23

In partnership with the Contractors State Licensing Board and the City of West Hollywood, we are excited to bring to you a special COVID-19-related Senior Scam Stopper Virtual Seminar - an important informational event to help protect yourself and others from becoming a victim of fraud.

Anyone can become a victim of a scam, but if you are 65 years or older, you are a scammer’s prime target. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 Pandemic has provided a rich landscape for new, more creative types of scams that prey on the need for COVID-19 relief and vaccines.

Please join us for a FREE and VIRTUAL Senior Scam Stopper Seminar to learn what you can do to prevent yourself, or someone you know, from becoming a victim of a COVID-19 scam. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
5:00pm – 6:30pm

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

State of Hate 2020: A Decade in Review - October 27

State of Hate graphic

 

With a nation divided over its values and trajectory, a global pandemic that has decimated our economy, and unprecedented levels of false and misleading information at our fingertips, we are forced like never before to address the hate and violent extremism that has continued to trend upwards in our communities. Last November, FBI hate crime figures for 2018 showed that the level of violence for hate crime hit its highest level since 2002 and according to the Wall Street Journal, the “largest share” of recent increasing attacks were anchored to “far-right ideology”: “

Over the past four years, there were more than 60 terrorist attacks annually in the U.S., which include shootings, assaults and bombs, a trend not seen since the early 1980s, according to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland.” In the first part of the year, during the pandemic, crime and hate crime are down (though hate crimes generally rise significantly in the second half of election years), but murder, arson and hate crimes against Asians are up significantly in light of racist rhetoric and false information online surrounding Covid-19.

Whether these acts occur in our schools, workplaces, online, or halls of government, acts of intolerance and hate are unacceptable and must be addressed in order to create thoughtful, multi-jurisdictional solutions in response to bigotry.
 
Please join my office – virtually – as we welcome expert panelists from academic and fact-finding institutions to look back at the worrisome trends this last decade and see if we can begin to find a way forward together. 

Join us online for this concise and informative forum!

Tuesday, October 27
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The event will be held as a Zoom Webinar and will simultaneously Livestream on Facebook.

Click here to join the discussion via Zoom Webinar  

 Click here to join the discussion via Facebook Livestream

Assemblymember Bloom will moderate this forum which will include brief presentations, questions from the online audience, and discussion with the following panelists:

Professor Brian Levin is the director and founder of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. He is the author or co-author of books, scholarly articles, training manuals and studies on extremism and hate crime. He is also the author of influential Supreme Court briefs in the landmark case of Wisconsin v. Mitchell in 1993, where he analyzed criminological data establishing hate crime's severity. Prof. Levin is the recipient of the 2020 Wang Family Excellence Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the California State University system as well as the Block Civil Liberties Award from Stanford Law School, where he received his degree. He also served as Associate Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Klanwatch/ Militia Task Force and as a New York City Police Officer.

Dr. Erroll G. Southers a former FBI Special Agent and former Assistant Chief of Police, is Professor of the Practice in National and Homeland Security at the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy, director of its Safe Communities Institute and director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies. He was President Barack Obama’s first nominee for Transportation Security Administration assistant secretary, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Deputy Director for Critical Infrastructure of the California Office of Homeland Security, and an adviser to the Biden-Harris campaign on police reform. A noted counterterrorism expert and security analyst for media networks, he lectures and consults around the world. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University, and he holds masters and doctoral degrees in public policy from USC.

Mr. Alan Duke is editor-in-chief of Lead Stories, a leading global fact checking organization. Duke co-founded the technology and journalism company after a 26-year career with CNN. Duke extensively covered domestic terrorism for CNN, including the Oklahoma City bombing investigation and trials, the UNABOMBER case, and the Eric Robert Rudolph bombings investigation (which earned him a federal victim number when he stood too close to an exploding bomb). Duke is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where his duties included serving as a race relations officer. Not only does Lead Stories serve as a 3rd party fact checker for Facebook and TikTok, it includes a team of experienced journalists who monitor the distribution and consumption of hate and violence related content on social platforms using its proprietary Trendolizer tools.   

Dr. Russell Jeunig is a professor of Asian American Studies at SF State University, and is author of books on race, religion, and social movements, including Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans and Mountain Movers: Student Activism and the Emergence of Asian American Studies.  In March 2020, he founded Stop AAPI Hate with  Chinese for Affirmative Action and the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council. This reporting center tracks COVID-19 discrimination to develop policy interventions and culturally responsive resources.

 

For further information, please contact Melissa.Kaufler@asm.ca.gov. RSVP strongly recommended.

Annual Community Reception & Canned Food, Blanket & Sock Drive - Nov 19

Join us for our Annual District Office Open House on Tuesday, November 19th, for light snacks, refreshments and friendly discussion on the issues affecting our state and communities.  This event coincides with our annual Canned/Packaged Food, Blanket & Sock Drive!!

Canned food items collected will benefit Westside Food Bank which has served as the food bank warehouse for the Westside since 1981, distributing 4.5 million pounds of food annually to over 70 local social service agencies serving much of the 50th Assembly District.

Blankets and socks collected will benefit Daniel's Place, a project of Step Up on Second, created as a drop-in center for transitional age youth who are experiencing mental health conditions and who may or may not be experiencing homelessness, and today, remains steadfast in its efforts to promote early intervention and education in order to reduce the likelihood of the effects of a mental health issue becoming a persistent and disabling condition.

We hope you will consider bringing a donation of any non-perishable foods, blankets (new or gently used) or socks(new) with you to the event, but donations are not required. You can also drop items off at our office anytime before the event.

Please RSVP for the event below.  We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
5 - 7 p.m.

District Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom
2800 28th Street, Suite 105
Santa Monica, CA  90405

 

Our parking lot is free of charge after 5pm.

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The following canned and packaged food items are always needed and make great donations to the canned food drive:  (no glass please, except for baby food.)

List of potential donation items.

Please make sure that all food donated has not been opened if it is not individually wrapped, and that the inner packaging is still intact. Please, no expired food.

For more information or to schedule a time to drop off donations, please contact Melissa Kaufler at (310) 450-0041.

Select Committee on the State of Hate Informational Hearing

The Assembly Select Committee on the State of Hate will hold its second hearing on October 29, 2019.  At a time when anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, homophobic and racist behavior is on the rise, these hearings take on increased importance. The second hearing will examine the current state of white nationalism and will feature a panel discussion comprised of representatives from California State University, San Bernardino's (CSUSB) Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, Simon Wiesenthal Center, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and a former leader of a white nationalist group.

Tuesday, October 29
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
(Doors open at 3:30 p.m.)

California State University, San Bernardino
San Manuel Student Union Theatre
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407

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For further information and due to limited space, RSVP strongly recommended, but not required. Please contact Melissa.Kaufler@asm.ca.gov.

Senior Scam Stopper Seminar - October 3

Seniors

Anyone can become a victim of a scam, but if you are 65 years or older, you are a scammer's prime target.  According to the FBI, senior citizens are most likely to have a "nest egg," to own their home, and/or to have excellent credit—all of which make them attractive to con artists.

Please join us for a FREE Senior Scam Stopper Seminar and FREE lunch to learn what you can do to avoid becoming a victim of a scam.

Thursday, October 3
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
(Check-in begins at 10 a.m.)

Sunrise Senior Living
201 N. Crescent Drive
Beverly Hills, CA  90210
Free valet parking with validation on-site.

 

Please RSVP by calling (310) 450-0041 or RSVP online below:

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Representatives from agencies such as the California Contractors State License Board will participate in a panel discussion.

Subjects discussed will include fraud information relating to:

  • Home repair
  • Telemarketing
  • Unclaimed property
  • Identity theft
  • Mortgages and more

 

5th Annual Hollywood Family Health & Resource Fair – July 20


The Hollywood Family Health & Resource Fair is an opportunity to meet with representatives from the State, County, City governments in addition to various  nonprofit organizations and learn about valuable programs and services for your family.

For a fifth year in a row, Assemblymember Richard Bloom is partnering with local officials, local neighborhood councils, and nonprofit organizations to bring you this FREE event with activities for the whole family to enjoy:

We look forward to meeting each of you and hearing any thoughts or concerns you have on issues facing our state and local community.

Saturday, July 20, 2019
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Yucca Community Center
6671 Yucca Street
(On Yucca Street between Cherokee Ave & Las Palmas Ave)
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Flyer - English      Flyer - Spanish

If you would like information on how to donate back packs and school supplies to be distributed at this event, please contact Aditi Shakkarwar at (310) 450-0041.

Special THANK YOU to our event co-sponsors! This event could not happen without the support of our amazing event sponsors.

City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks
Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council
GIFT Global Initiative
After-School All-Stars
Office of State Senator Ben Allen
Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell
Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu
Community members of the 50th Assembly District who have generously donated backpacks and school supplies for the event.

**Due to the limited supply, families who RSVP in advance of the event will be given priority to backpacks and other free giveaways