SACRAMENTO – Today, California State Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), who authored the Orca Welfare and Safety Act that ended orca shows and captive breeding in California, released a statement on the passing of Tilikum:
"I am saddened to learn of the passing of Tilikum, the orca whose life was the centerpiece in the documentary Blackfish and the efforts to end orca captivity. Tilikum embodied all that is wrong with having orcas in captivity. He was ripped away from his mother from his wild, natural environment when he was only two years old - a pod he would still be with today had he never been captured, lived a life of solitude, developed health problems at a young age, and exhibited aggressive behaviors towards other orcas and humans ultimately leading to the deaths of three people. Sadly, his life was needed for us to realize this tragedy had to stop. My heart goes out to all who have cared for him over the years and the countless individuals who have worked so hard to put an end to orca captivity."
(Hollywood) – Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D- Santa Monica) hosted his second annual Hollywood Resource Fair at Hollywood Recreation Park. Asm. Bloom’s office collected backpacks and school materials for months, and along with LA City Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and David Ryu, Senator Ben Allen and LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, distributed them to residents of Hollywood. Although most of Asm. Bloom’s work takes place in Sacramento, providing support and services to constituents is and has always been a priority. Watch this Assembly Access video to learn more.
AB 2501 Will Remove Barriers to the Construction of Affordable Housing
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2501, which clarifies state Density Bonus Law and removes barriers to the creation of affordable housing. Authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica), AB 2501 passed the legislature with bipartisan support and is backed by a coalition of local, social justice, and housing organizations.
“The State Density Bonus Law is one of the most powerful tools we have to incentivize developers to build affordable housing,” said Assemblymember Bloom. “Unfortunately, the law’s efficacy is currently hampered by ambiguous provisions and local regulations. By clarifying Density Bonus Law, AB 2501 will facilitate the construction of affordable housing units and help increase housing supply throughout the state”
SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Governor Brown signed AB 2480, a bill authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D - Santa Monica) that will unlock funding for watershed restoration and infrastructure projects.
“California’s watersheds serve as this state’s natural infrastructure,” said Assemblymember Bloom. “Restoring and conserving these watersheds is therefore essential to improving water security and reliability. AB 2480 will help facilitate restoration and conservation projects and in doing so, protect our natural resources and water supply.”
AB 2299 will Ease and Streamline Statewide Regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2299, which will encourage the development of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) as a way to increase the housing supply. Authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica), AB 2299 passed both houses of the legislature with bipartisan support and is backed by a broad coalition of social justice and housing organizations.
SACRAMENTO – This weekend, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2844, a measure to counter the escalating arbitrary and discriminatory efforts by groups calling for governments to adopt policies boycotting Israel. Authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), AB 2844 would prohibit public contracts with any company participating in such boycotts.
“Today, the state of California sent a strong message that it does not tolerate discrimination, hate, or bigotry,” said Bloom. “The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement seeks to undermine the state of Israel and replace the world’s only Jewish homeland, and only functioning democracy in the Middle East, with a single Palestinian State. AB 2844 helps put an end to that movement here in California.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, the Legislature passed a measure to counter the escalating arbitrary and discriminatory efforts by groups calling for governments to adopt policies boycotting Israel. The bill, AB 2844, by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), would prohibit public contracts with any company participating in such boycotts.
“The action today by the Legislature sends another strong message that California does not tolerate discrimination, hate, or bigotry,” said Bloom. “It is a fact that the ultimate goal of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is to convince California companies to not do business with Israel and thereby undermine the economy and government of Israel and replace the world’s only Jewish homeland and the only functioning democracy in the Middle East, with a single Palestinian State. This bill helps puts an end to that movement here in California.”
SACRAMENTO – Legislation to ensure health insurance coverage for pediatric hearing aids passed the Senate Health Committee yesterday on a 5-0 vote. The bill, AB 2004, requires health insurance policies and health care service plans to cover hearing aids for enrollees and insured under 18 years of age. In addition to hearing aids, policies and plans would also be required to cover hearing aid services, which include hearing assessments, replacement hearing aids, fittings, maintenance, and auditory training.
“A child’s ability to hear should not be based on their family income,” said Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica). “Here in California, health insurance plans are required to provide pediatric vision and dental coverage for their enrollees, yet no similar requirement exists for hearing aid coverage. It is unfathomable that child can get glasses to see but not a hearing aid to hear. This bill will correct that inequity and ensure that California families can get the hearing aids their children need without facing prohibitive costs.”
Will Place into Law SeaWorld’s Historical Announcement to End Orca Captivity
SAN DIEGO – In response to today’s announcement that SeaWorld will end their orca breeding program and phase out their orca theatrical shows at all theme parks across the country, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) joined SeaWorld San Diego Park President, John Reilly, at a press conference today, announced that he has re-introduced the Orca Protection and Safety Act that will adopt many of the company’s new commitments into law that was first introduced in 2014.
“With today’s announcement by SeaWorld to end orca breeding and phase out their orca shows, I believe that we have resolved a fundamental marine mammal welfare issue. For these reasons, I can now applaud SeaWorld’s forward-looking, humane and market-responsive leadership,” said Bloom. “Consistent with SeaWorld's announcement, I will also be re-introducing legislation that will permanently end orca captive breeding anywhere in California as called for in my original bill from two years ago.”