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Friday, August 3, 2018

Santa Monica’s state representatives are drumming up public support for legislation that would restrict single-use plastics in order to curb ocean pollution.

Assembly Bill 1884, cosponsored by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, would make California the first state in the nation to require that restaurants offer plastic straws only upon request.

State Sen. Ben Allen’s Senate Bill 1335 would mandate that all take-out packaging for food served at state parks and beaches is recyclable or compostable.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Two state legislators were joined by environmentalists — and someone dressed as a sea turtle — at Palisades Park near the Santa Monica Pier on Monday to tout two state bills intended to reduce the the amount of plastics that end up on beaches and in the ocean.

Supporters of SB1335 and AB1884 at a press conference in Santa Monica for senate bill SB1335 and Assembly Bill AB1884 to help reduce the amount of plastic waste being dumped into the ocean. (Photo by David Crane, Daily News/SCNG)

Monday, July 2, 2018

By Jorge Casuso

June 29, 2018 -- Three bills by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom -- tackling fishing, toxic chemicals and affordable housing on the coast -- passed out of key committees this week, his office announced.

AB 2797 -- which passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday -- assures projects are not found to be inconsistent with the California Coastal Act merely because they receive a density increase under state law.

The bill addresses a recent court decision that undermined the application of density bonus law in the coastal zone, Bloom said.

The decision upheld the City of Los Angeles' denial of a project that contained two low-income units on the basis that the increased density made it visually incompatible with the surrounding neighborhood.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

It might have led the charge for similar plastic microfiber bills in New York and Connecticut, but California’s Assembly Bill 2379 is off the table—for now.

In February, California State Assembly Member Richard Bloom introduced the bill, which would require clothing that comprises more than 50 percent synthetic material to include an additional label instructing consumers to hand-wash the apparel instead of using a machine. The bill was introduced after different studies suggested that microfibers—many of which measure less than 5 millimeters long—are threatening marine life. If passed in the California State Assembly, the law would have only applied to clothing sold in the state.

Monday, June 4, 2018

A measure that would ban the sale of children’s products, mattresses and upholstered furniture containing flame retardants in California has been approved by the state Assembly and awaits action in the Senate.

The Assembly approved the bill, AB 2998, on 30 May by a 58-12 vote.  

The measure would bar, from 1 January 2020, the sale in California of covered products containing – or with a constituent component containing – the chemicals at levels above 1,000 parts per million. It covers all flame retardant substances. The bill would also bar repair and reupholstery businesses from working on furniture containing the substances.

Current California law requires manufacturers of upholstered furniture to state whether or not the product contains added flame retardants and bars manufacture or sale of products that contain more than 1/10th of 1% of pentaBDE or octaBDE.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Your polyester shirt may soon come with a warning label.

Friday, June 1, 2018

A proposed state legislation advocating for warning labels on some garments made from synthetic fabrics, which can shed plastic microfibers, is no longer on the assembly floor.

“The bill is dead,” confirmed a spokesman from Assemblyman Richard Bloom’s, office. Bloom introduced the bill on Feb. 14, as part of an effort to curb marine pollution.

The label was intended for garments made of 50 percent or more synthetic fibers and sold in California. The bill sought to require a warning label about possible environmental effects related to plastic microfibers, which can enter the water supply and impact marine life, Bloom, D-Santa Monica, told the Business Journal last month.