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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Turning on the tap and getting clean drinking water is something that most of us take for granted. In larger cities with well-funded utility districts, tap water arrives on demand, around the clock and with a promise of safety. Most city and suburban water is treated to the highest quality standards before delivery to our homes and families.

Life is far more complicated for those who live in rural agricultural communities across California. Those residents—their numbers exceed 1 million—often can’t drink the water from their faucets. 

Access to safe drinking water for all is something that most Californians support. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Assembly Bill 1788, which would enact a statewide ban on certain anticoagulant rodenticides—the type of rat poison known to climb “up the food chain” and harm larger predators—passed out of assembly and is heading to the California State Senate.

The final vote was 50-16 in favor of the bill, according to Poison Free Malibu founder Kian Schulman, and was presented by Richard Bloom, District 50 Assemblymember, representing Malibu. 

Friday, May 10, 2019

If your dog needs a blood transfusion in California, as my boy Leroy did last year, you might, like me, think the blood donor was someone’s pet. After all, as I wrote back in 2015, many states allow pet dogs to donate blood to help save the lives of other pets.

But not California.

Friday, May 10, 2019

A new bill that expands the prohibition of pesticide poisons in California passed the Assembly on Monday, days after the National Park Service announced a local mountain lion died in March due to ingestion of rat poison.

Assembly Bill 1788, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) bans the use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides, which are used in rat poison.

The second-generation poisons are considered far more potent than the first-generation compounds, and a lethal dose can be ingested in a single feeding.

Rat poison has come under fire because animals higher in the food chain, such as coyotes and cougars, eat the rodents that have ingested the fatal poison.

Friday, May 10, 2019

A new report from the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University found that more than a quarter of respondents surveyed who identify as LGBTQ say that they or an immediate member of their household were victims of a hate crime in 2018.

The study, conducted earlier this year in the city and county of Los Angeles and released last month, used a representative sampling of around 2,000 Southland residents to conclude that overall, 73 percent of residents think different racial and ethnic groups are getting along very or somewhat well. The report noted that this number is down from a high of 77 percent in 2017.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

A new bill that expands the prohibition of pesticide poisons in California passed the Assembly on Monday, days after the National Park Service announced a local mountain lion died in March due to ingestion of rat poison.

Assembly Bill 1788, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) bans the use of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides, which are used in rat poison.

The second-generation poisons are considered far more potent than the first-generation compounds, and a lethal dose can be ingested in a single feeding.

Rat poison has come under fire because animals higher in the food chain, such as coyotes and cougars, eat the rodents that have ingested the fatal poison.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

A national expert on domestic terrorism groups, Anti-Defamation League investigative researcher Joanna Mendelson has been tracking extremist groups for nearly two decades. As of late, she’s been especially busy at work.

“Things have never been so bad,” Mendelson declared last Thursday during the inaugural meeting of the California Assembly Select Committee on the State of Hate on the campus of Santa Monica College.

Organized by committee chair Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D- Santa Monica), the meeting focused on how various institutions and public agencies are using data to inform law enforcement and public policy in response to an upward trend in hate crimes in Los Angeles County and other parts of the state.