Press Release

Monday, March 4, 2019

California State Sens. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and Jim Nielsen, R-Red Bluff, have introduced a bill that would create a “solar bill of rights” for consumers to generate and store their own clean energy on-site without interference from utility companies.

The bipartisan legislation, S.B.288, addresses some of the main barriers consumers currently face when installing and maintaining renewable energy technologies. According to the senators, these challenges include “outdated tariffs” and “unreasonable barriers” to connecting to the grid. (Although it is known as the Solar Bill of Rights, the bill is technology-neutral and applies to all renewable sources of energy and energy storage.)

Monday, March 4, 2019

Lawmakers plan to introduce five bills which will not only tax soda and other sugary drinks but also will limit serving sizes, coupons and deal and in store displays of those drinks. The bills would also require warning labels similar to ones found on cigarettes.

The California Medical Association and California Dental association both support the move.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Conservatives found much to chuckle about after Democratic state lawmakers last week proposed, once again, a tax on sugary sodas, along with limits on cup sizes.

“We get it, too much sugar isn’t great for you,” Assembly Republicans said in a smirking, smart-alecky statement.

“But what’s next — criminalizing pizzas over 18 inches? A Dorito tax? Only one squirt of butter on your movie theater popcorn? A fine for not eating your broccoli?”

Yeah, there’s nothing like a little snark when faced with serious proposals to combat a public health crisis.

Friday, March 1, 2019

LOS ANGELES— Two studies by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles and the National Park Service reveal that rat poisons are causing dramatic changes to the immune system and genetics of bobcats. The research provides further support for a bill introduced late last month to greatly restrict super-toxic rodenticides in California.

The researchers found that the damage to bobcats’ genes and immune systems can be linked to a range of health problems, such as a 2002 mange outbreak that killed dozens of the animals.

Friday, March 1, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) has selected Kathy Griffin, comedian and civil rights advocate, as the 50th Assembly District’s 2019 “Woman of the Year.” Ms. Griffin will receive the award during a formal ceremony on the Assembly Floor on March 4, 2019 where she, along with other women from across California, will be recognized by their state senators and assemblymembers for their accomplishments and contributions to the State. 

Monday, February 25, 2019

For the six of every 1,000 children born in the United States with hearing loss, hearing aids can help them communicate. Yet, many insurance companies don’t cover the cost.

Friday, February 22, 2019

The state assemblymember representing Santa Monica is introducing a bill that would tax soda and sugar-sweetened beverages – for the third time.

Richard Bloom, a Democrat who represents the Westside in the California State Assembly and served as Mayor of Santa Monica, announced yesterday that he is introducing legislation to tax soda sold in California as a way to tackle the state’s diabetes and obesity problems. The revenue from the tax, which is intended to be a disincentive to purchasing soda and sugary drinks, will fund programs that prevent diabetes and obesity.