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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Despite issuing rare vetoes of LGBT bills this session, Governor Jerry Brown cemented his legacy as the most pro-LGBT governor in the country's history by signing into law 12 pieces of legislation that directly benefit LGBT Californians.

The marquee bills this year included LGBT training for police officers, funding for homeless LGBT youth, protections for transgender foster youth, and ensuring June will always be designated Pride Month in the Golden State.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October 1, 2018 -- Two housing bills and a bill banning toxic chemicals were among the measures sponsored by Santa Monica lawmaker Richard Bloom signed by the Governor last week.

The housing measures address inconsistencies in applying housing density bonuses on the coast and reform the process used for determining and apportioning regional housing needs.

Among the changes made by AB 1771 to the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process is requiring the regional distribution to be more data-driven and equitable.

“The RHNA has not worked properly for quite some time,” Bloom said. “Local politics and flawed methodology have distorted the RHNA process and produced insufficient and inequitable housing across the state."

Monday, September 24, 2018

A measure co-authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom that prohibits most dine-in restaurants from offering plastic straws unless requested by a customer was signed into law Thursday.

Bloom, a former Santa Monica mayor, has led a crusade to ban plastic products statewide, following the lead of Santa Monica and a handful of other California cities.

The beach city banned plastic bags and polystyrene before the state and will expand it restriction on plastic straws to include plastic plates, trays, cups, and lidded containers.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

SYLMAR – A seldom-used California National Guard Armory in Sylmar will be sold to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority for use as “bridge housing” for women who need homes, under a bill signed Sunday by the governor.

Assembly Bill 3251 was championed by county Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and supported by Assembly Member Richard Bloom. County officials have already said it is suitable for use as a 24/7 homeless shelter for women, and it has been used as a shelter during cold or rainy weather for 20 years.

“Converting the Sylmar Armory into a 24-hour resource center will give women experiencing homelessness an opportunity to get back on their feet while providing them with a safe environment, as they look for permanent housing options,” said Bloom.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Last week, the California legislature voted overwhelmingly in favor of a Bill to end commercial drift gillnet fishing and sent it to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature. Senate Bill (SB) 1017 phases out the use of mile-long nets that drift in the open ocean, compensates drift gillnet fishermen, and encourages a transition to innovative new swordfishing gear.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The California State Senate approved Assemblyman Richard Bloom’s measure to reform the process for determining and apportioning regional housing needs on Aug. 29.

Assembly Bill 1771 makes several changes to the regional housing needs allocation process, including requiring the regional distribution to be more data-driven and equitable.

“The RHNA is the foundation for important local land use planning decisions; it sets the goals that cities use to plan ahead and the metrics by which they are held accountable,” Bloom (D-Santa Monica) said. “By fixing the RHNA methodology and process, AB 1771 will have a considerable impact on other housing decisions further down the road.”

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

SACRAMENTO— The California Legislature this week doubled down on the State’s commitment to reducing plastic pollution and waste. 
 
As the legislature wrapped up the 2017-18 session today, it sent five bills to the Governor’s desk that, together, interrupt plastic’s toxic lifecycle at every stage.