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Thursday, December 13, 2018

A California state Legislature delegation led by the first Indian American elected into the legislature in the state, Ash Kalra, an assemblyman from the 27th District, visited New Delhi Dec. 7 and touched base with Swaminarayan Akshardham.

Kalra, along with other Assembly members Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Richard Bloom, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Eloise Gomez Reyes and Mark Stone, was greeted in a traditional manner by senior sadhus and volunteers of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha on behalf of Param Pujya Mahant Swami Maharaj, the current spiritual leader of BAPS, the organization said in a news release.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Ash Kalra, a Democratic state Assembly member in California, Dec. 3 announced that he will lead a delegation from the state to India.

The Kalra-championed delegation, officially sanctioned by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, is the first-ever for the state Assembly, and will embark on a two-week trade delegation beginning Dec. 4.

Other members of the six-member delegation are Assemblymembers Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Richard Bloom, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Eloise Gómez Reyes and Mark Stone – all of whom are Democrats.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Paramount Ranch, largely destroyed by the destructive Woolsey Fire, is no longer standing. But state and local officials promised Friday that it will be back.

“Let’s today begin to make that commitment to restore this place,” said state Assemblymember Richard Bloom, speaking at a press conference to announce a new fundraising initiative to restore the Western film set in the Santa Monica Mountains.

“It is so important to the history, not just right here of this spot and the Paramount Ranch, but really, to the industry that it’s so much a part of,” he said.

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.