Press Releases

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

SANTA MONICA – The County of Los Angeles and PCH Taskforce Co-Chairs Senator Henry Stern (D-Agoura Hills), Senator Ben Allen (D-Redondo Beach), and Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) announced that they secured a $150,000 safety corridor grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) in order to improve safety on Pacific Coast Highway/CA-1.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

SACRAMENTO – For the second time in the last three years, Assemblymember Richard Bloom has been selected to join a small delegation of California lawmakers joining Governor Jerry Brown at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Bonn Germany (COP23).  The California delegation will serve as a critical voice at this annual international conference that sets a course for participating countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, now that the President Donald Trump has pulled the U.S. government out of the agreements committed to at the 2015 conference.

Monday, October 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 906, bringing resolution to a problem hampering the efficacy of California’s Beverage Container Recycling Program. The measure, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), implements a scientifically-based definition of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, for plastic containers and packaging.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed a measure to extend California’s Clean Vehicle Decal program. AB 544, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), extends the program through 2025, with several modifications to sustainably accommodate a substantial increase in clean vehicle sales.


Monday, October 9, 2017

SACRAMENTO –This weekend, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1568, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), which will give local jurisdictions the ability to finance infrastructure and affordable housing using new sales and use tax increment, within qualifying enhanced infrastructure improvement districts (EIFD). Simply put, the bill allows a portion of sales and use tax revenue in these districts to be spent on infrastructure and affordable housing.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

One Small Step for Dinos, One Giant Leap for California


SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1540, making Augustynolophus morrisi California’s official State Dinosaur. Augustynolophus morrisi, though not as renowned as some of its prehistoric peers, has special significance for California, the state it roamed approximately 66 million years ago. With tongue in cheek, Bloom called on his colleagues to vote for AB 1540 “because it is the most important dinosaur bill in the Legislature this year.” 

Friday, September 15, 2017

SB 5 Will Provide Much-Needed Funding for Water and Parks Projects


SACRAMENTO – As the 2017 legislative session came to a close today, the California State Assembly passed a $4 billion water and parks bond today on a 54-19 vote. The measure, SB 5 (De León), authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds for a variety of water and parks projects, subject to voter approval.