Press Release

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO — California may soon ban certain pest control methods that wildlife advocates say are also killing mountain lions, foxes, raptors and other predators that feed on poisoned rodents.

AB1788 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, would prohibit the use of newer, faster-acting rat poisons, expanding on a 5-year-old state regulation that pulled the products from shelves for retail purchase.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Last week, 20 potential Democratic nominees for President took the debate stage in Miami over two days to discuss everything from taxes to health care to foreign policy. Largely absent was one of America’s most pressing issues: affordable housing.

Housing affordability is a key challenge in communities across the country and should be at the forefront of our national conversation. A study from Harvard University released last week found that one third of U.S. households are cost-burdened, meaning they spend more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing. A Pew Study found that the number of rent-burdened households has doubled since 2001, as more and more low-income and middle-income families are unable to afford one of the most basic human needs: a roof over their head.



Wednesday, June 26, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Today, legislation to expand insurance coverage for children’s hearing aids passed the Senate Health Committee. The measure, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica), would require health insurance plans to provide coverage for hearing aids and hearing aid services for children under 18 years of age.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Asm. Bloom at podium, listening
Child providing testimony
Child held by mother, testifying
Asm. Bloom speaks to children
Group photo outside of hearing room
Asm. Bloom with constituent

Senate Health Hearing for AB 598.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) honored Santa Monica-based nonprofit KCRW as the 50th Assembly District’s 2019 Nonprofit of the Year. Jennifer Ferro, the president of KCRW, and Karyn Williams, the KCRW Foundation Board's treasurer, received a resolution in honor of the station's contributions at a celebration in Sacramento.  

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.