Press Release

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.

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Bloom being sworn in to the legislative session
Bloom with son on the Assembly Floor
Bloom introducing his first bill for the new legislative sesion

SACRAMENTO - On Monday, December 3, Assemblymember Richard Bloom was once again sworn in to the California State Assembly. Bloom hit the ground running on the legislature's first day back, introducing AB 36 to address housing affordability in California. 

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, October 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2998 into law, approving a statewide ban on specific household products that contain toxic flame retardant chemicals. The measure, which was introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), prohibits the sale of juvenile products, specified mattresses and mattress components, and upholstered or reupholstered furniture in California that contain unnecessary toxic flame retardant chemicals.