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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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.

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, 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. 

Friday, May 10, 2019

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.