Press Releases

Friday, August 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On August 30, the California State Assembly passed AB 2797, providing a much needed clarification to the application of State Density Bonus Law and the Mello Act in the Coastal Zone. The measure, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) clarifies that a project cannot be found inconsistent with the Coastal Act merely because it receives a density increase under state law. This long-held interpretation of Density Bonus Law had recently come under question and been litigated in Kalnel Gardens, LLC v. City of Los Angeles. 

 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday, August 29, the California State Senate approved Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s (D-Santa Monica) measure to reform the process for determining and apportioning regional housing needs. AB 1771 makes several changes to the Regional Housing Needs Allocation process, including requiring the regional distribution to be more data-driven and equitable. 

 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, on a bipartisan 52-13 vote, the California State Legislature passed a sweeping ban on household products containing toxic flame retardant chemicals. AB 2998, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), prohibits the sale of juvenile products, specified mattresses and mattress components, and upholstered or reupholstered furniture in California that contain unnecessary toxic flame retardant chemicals.

Monday, July 2, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) announced his intent to introduce, in the 2019 legislative session, a health impact fee on sugar sweetened beverages. The fee would be used to fund obesity and diabetes prevention programs. Bloom’s announcement followed a press release in which the California Medical Association and the California Dental Association announced their goal to introduce a similar ballot measure in 2020.

 

Friday, June 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Tuesday, June 26, legislation to address the affordable housing shortage as it relates to California’s coastal zone unanimously passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee. AB 2797, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), clarifies state density bonus law to ensure that a project cannot be found inconsistent with the California Coastal Act merely because it receives a density increase under state law, while also ensuring that coastal resources are protected, as the Act requires.

 

Friday, June 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Tuesday, June 26, a measure to facilitate innovation and sustainability in commercial fishing passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee on a 9-0 vote. AB 1573, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), authorizes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish a state Exempted Fishing Permit program, which would allow anglers and collaborative research partners to obtain limited exemptions from state fishing laws and regulations in order to pursue fishery-related research and experimentation.

 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Late last night, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved, on a 6-1 vote, legislation to provide the same legal protection to children of same-sex couples as is afforded to other families. The measure, AB 2684, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), makes various statutory changes to update California’s Uniform Parentage Act (UPA), which was implemented to extend the parent and child relationship equally to every child and to every parent, regardless of the martial status of the parents.