For Rick Caruso, developer of The Grove, hearing loss hits close to home. His daughter, Gianna, was born with hearing loss, which was detected with a hearing test that was mandated by state law.
UCLA scientists are leading a $10 million project to help California officials make ecologically wise decisions as the state continues to confront the effects of climate change.
A group of state lawmakers recently traveled to the U.S. border with Mexico to visit a federal detention center and a nonprofit shelter. Officials said the trip was designed to provide a comparison between the two experiences and possibly prompt further action by elected officials.The group includes several Santa Monica based officials including State Senator Ben Allen, Representative Richard Bloom and former Mayor Tony Vazquez. It was organized by the California Legislative Jewish Caucus and also included representatives from the California Latino Legislative Caucus.
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Broadway star Idina Menzel and Caruso founder and CEO Rick J. Caruso kicked off a statewide campaign Monday to make sure all children have access to hearing aids. The actress and singer announced her support at The Grove for Assembly Bill 598, a new bill that would require private health insurance companies to cover the costs of hearing aids for children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.