Thursday, May 9, 2019

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.

Rat poison has come under fire because animals higher in the food chain, such as coyotes and cougars, eat the rodents that have ingested the fatal poison.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

A national expert on domestic terrorism groups, Anti-Defamation League investigative researcher Joanna Mendelson has been tracking extremist groups for nearly two decades. As of late, she’s been especially busy at work.

“Things have never been so bad,” Mendelson declared last Thursday during the inaugural meeting of the California Assembly Select Committee on the State of Hate on the campus of Santa Monica College.

Organized by committee chair Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D- Santa Monica), the meeting focused on how various institutions and public agencies are using data to inform law enforcement and public policy in response to an upward trend in hate crimes in Los Angeles County and other parts of the state.

Monday, May 6, 2019

In late February, when Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont delivered his budget address at the state capitol, a number of Republican lawmakers showed up carrying Double Gulps -- 64-ounce drinks from 7-Eleven -- to protest the Democratic governor’s proposed tax increase on sugary sodas.

Lamont views the 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax as a means of balancing the budget and improving public health. But GOP state Rep. Anne Dauphinais says “that's a crock of nonsense.” She argues the measure would be regressive, hitting “those who can afford it the least” in a state already among the highest taxed in America.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

May 2, 2019 -- The death in March of a mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains should serve as a rallying cry for stronger protections against rat poisons, Assemblymember Richard Bloom said Thursday.

The March 21 death the lion dubbed P-47 after ingesting rat poison comes as the Santa Monica lawmaker's bill -- AB 1788 -- banning "rodenticides" makes its way through the legislature.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

When Robyn Black rushed her beloved corgi Winston to a veterinary hospital in Sacramento, she told the staff to do whatever it took to heal her pup as an autoimmune disease threatened his life.

Winston needed several blood transfusions, but after two days of treatment, the veterinary hospital ran out of the canine lifeline. Pet hospitals often are short on dog blood amid a national shortage that lawmakers say is further exacerbated in California by the state’s restrictive laws that require veterinarians to buy dog blood solely from two blood banks, which operate in virtual secrecy.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

ental health advocates have long described California’s fragmented mental health system with words like “struggling” and “broken.”

Evidence of its consequences can be found in our jails and prisons, our hospitals and clinics, our schools and colleges. The problem touches those living in comfortable middle class suburbs, remote rural towns, and on the streets of the state’s biggest cities.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A new bill could aid rainforest preservation by banning services or products linked to rainforest deforestation.