SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation, chaired by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) today approved an emergency drought relief plan to immediately allocate $687.4 million to help address the state’s devastatingly dry conditions and to increase local water supplies to communities throughout the state.
“California is experiencing one of the worst droughts since we began keeping records more than 150 years ago. We must prepare as if these conditions will continue for the foreseeable future,” said Bloom. “Given the gravity of the situation, there is no more important action by the Legislature than accelerating these funds for projects that will immediately address water supply, water storage, and water quality.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) today announced that he has introduced legislation, AB 1699, to ban the sale of personal care products that contain mirco-plastic particle abrasives, commonly referred to as “microbeads,” that are found in products such as facial scrubs, soaps, and toothpaste.
“Microbeads are a significant part of the debris accumulating in the Pacific Ocean and are also found at alarming levels in our local waterways,” said Bloom. “We have no choice but to eliminate this pollution at the source. Waiting will only compound the problem and the price of cleaning up.
California is lining up to become the largest state to ban the sale of cosmetic products, such as facial scrubs, containing tiny plastic beads that find their way into waterways and the ocean.
Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) plans to introduce a bill Thursday that would ban the sale of products containing the microbeads, which are too small to be removed by water treatment processes after they drain out of sinks and showers.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) says he was pleased, for the most part, with Governor Brown’s 2014 State of the State address. Assemblymember Bloom said he was glad the Governor highlighted the state’s improving economic condition but says the Governor did not address some pressing issues facing the state such as poverty, housing the homeless and funding for the court system.
SACRAMENTO, CA— In an effort to combat California’s rising rate of drug overdose fatalities, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) has introduced AB 1535, to greatly expand access to the opiate overdose reversal medicine naloxone at pharmacies throughout the state.
The bill would permit pharmacists to furnish the lifesaving drug to family members; people who may be in contact with a person at risk of an opiate overdose, or to the patient requesting it, pursuant to guidelines to be developed by the state’s boards of pharmacy and medicine.
Sacramento – In response to the presentation of the Governor’s January Budget Proposal before the full Assembly Budget Committee, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) issued the following statement regarding court funding:
“Since 2008, court funding has been cut by a staggering 30% - or $653 million in baseline annual funding. This has translated into the closure of 51 courthouses and 205 courtrooms, 30 courts with significantly reduced hours, and 37 courts with reduced self-help and family law facilitator services.
My office will be hosting an Open House and Holiday Food Drive on December 18th at my Santa Monica District Office. This open house and food drive is a great opportunity to donate non-perishable food for local families in need and, at the same time, gather together to meet me and my staff and share your thoughts and concerns on the issues facing our community and state.
"When I first took office more than nine months ago, I introduced legislation, AB 1301, to place a moratorium on the highly dangerous oil extraction process known as fracking until the state develops the necessary assurances to protect against the inherent threats to our public health, safety and our natural resources.
However, I am confronted with what I feel and what is achievable. Simply put, a moratorium is not supported by the Legislature or the Governor and every other legislative effort has failed except for SB 4, by Senator Fran Pavley. While this bill does not have everything that I want it has many of the significant protections we have sought for months - CEQA compliant well and fracking permits, well stimulation tracking, groundwater monitoring, notification to residents, chemical disclosure, tracking of fracking wastewater, seismic analysis, and the first California-focused impact study.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Members Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) today announced they have introduced emergency legislation (AB 1222) to prevent the federal decertification of local transit authorities across the state that would jeopardize billions of dollars in federal transit grants resulting in massive project termination and thousands of job losses.
“The impact of the ruling by the federal government is an immediate and serious threat to billions of dollars in crucial project funding and thousands of jobs,” said Bloom. “A failure to resolve this immediately would be irresponsible, irreversible and strike at the heart of our economic recovery.”
SACRAMENTO – In response to the California Coastal Commission’s decision to immediately begin investigating the prevalence of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, in offshore oil wells and to determine what authority they have in regulating the activities, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) issued the following statement:
“I applaud the Coastal Commission for their immediate decision to review fracking operations off of California’s coast,” said Bloom. “Their action demonstrates their commitment to their mission to protect our resources.”
“California’s coast and ocean is sacred to the voters of this state and has been for many decades since voters overwhelming passed the Coastal Zone Conservation Act in 1972 which would eventually became today’s California Coastal Commission,” continued Bloom. “The fact that activities are occurring off our shores that are potentially destructive to our most precious resource and could very well have irreversible consequences is disturbing and must be halted and studied immediately. If we regulate all other oil extraction operations, we must surely do the same with fracking.”
The decision by the Coastal Commission is the latest in a string of actions to push for more regulations on fracking after the Associated Press reported that fracking was occurring off of California’s shores. On August 8th, Assemblymember Bloom and other Legislators sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing their concerns over offshore fracking. That letter was followed up by a letter from Assemblymember Bloom and other Legislators to the California Coastal Commission asking them to use their authority to regulate the activities.