Assemblymember Richard Bloom Announces Assembly District 50 Nonprofit of the Year: Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife (CLAW)

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Assemblymember Bloom with Tony Tucci (CLAW Chair and Co-founder) and Alison Simard (CLAW Co-founder) stand at a step and repeat holding a Member Resolution

SACRAMENTO – This week, Assemblymember Bloom announced his pick for the 50th Assembly District’s Nonprofit of the Year, joining 100 other California state legislators by selecting a nonprofit within their district that have gone above and beyond serving the community the previous year. This annual effort – now in its seventh year – creates a way for California legislators to recognize exceptional nonprofits in their district.

“There are no shortage of crises facing the Golden State, and nonprofits play a critical role in navigating some of our toughest challenges,” said Assemblymember Bloom, “I am pleased to announce that we have chosen CLAW – Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife – as the AD 50 Nonprofit of the Year.”

Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife (CLAW) is a grassroots-driven nonprofit comprised of over 5,000 Angelenos who are dedicated to preserving endangered wildlife and the threatened open spaces they inhabit. Founded in 2013 by conservation activists Tony Tucci and Alison Simard in response to the loss of wildlands and wildlife corridors, CLAW works to protect and restore wildlife habitats in Los Angeles and California through its mission to promote, educate, and protect the fundamental importance of wildlife and their habitats.

“As climate change becomes more of a reality in our daily lives and open space is threatened due to urban development, the habitats that house our precious wildlife are increasingly at risk. That’s why the selfless work of nonprofits like CLAW take on an increased importance and responsibility. I could not be more grateful for their efforts to preserve and protect our fragile ecosystem.”

"CLAW began as a group of neighbors seeking to protect a wildlife corridor and has grown to a citizenry of thousands of supporters working to protect wildlife and their habitat and expound the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems,” said Tony Tucci, CLAW Chair and Co-founder. “CLAW works with legislators on policies that restore and protect wildlife habitat, and improve municipal practices for the ecological health and wellness of Los Angeles City, County, and beyond. Having worked with Assemblymember Bloom on state bills, we recognize him as an environmental leader, which makes his award to CLAW all the more meaningful. We are deeply humbled to be recognized by Assemblymember Bloom as a 2022 Nonprofit of the Year.”

“Whether it’s implementing a program like Barn Owl Nesting Box, engaging voters on critical ballot measures, or helping prepare the next generation to successfully advocate for endangered species, Los Angeles and all of California are fortunate to benefit from the advocacy and educational efforts of this exemplary nonprofit,” concluded Assemblymember Bloom.