FRESNO –Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) joined Governor Jerry Brown and fellow legislators today for the groundbreaking ceremony of the High Speed Rail project. The ceremony, held at the location of the future Fresno downtown station, marks the beginning of construction on the first 29-mile segment of the bullet train system, which will run from Madera to Fresno. California’s high-speed rail system will be the first of its kind in Northern America.
“Today, we begin construction on a system that will dynamically change the way in which Californians travel across our state,” Assemblymember Bloom stated. “High speed rail won’t just benefit travelers. It has the potential to stimulate economic development across our state, especially in areas such as the Central Valley.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) released the following statement on Governor Jerry Brown’s Inaugural Address:
“In his inaugural address, Governor Jerry Brown emphasized the great strides made by the state legislature to improve the economic stability, public health, and environment of California. Working in tandem with the Governor, the legislature has passed balanced budgets that promoted economic growth and stimulated the job market. We’ve developed new strategies to conserve water and fund our schools. These achievements are a testament to the ingenuity and trailblazing spirit of California, but there is still much work to be done.
Joshua Ford, 18, has spent a good deal of his life homeless, moving from shelters to friends’ homes, then back to shelters. He said he has attended about 30 schools, primarily in Santa Barbara County. Despite his home situation, he was a top-performing student until 9th grade.
“I missed important tests,” Ford said of his first year in high school. “I wasn’t there at the end of the year. I got all F’s. I was really discouraged. Those grades weren’t a reflection of me.”
A new law that will take effect in January is aimed at helping homeless students like Ford by allowing them to get partial credit for school work they have done. Assembly Bill 1806 – authored by Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September – also allows homeless students who enter a new high school in their junior year or later to graduate if they complete state graduation requirements. State requirements of 130 credits are typically much lower than school district requirements, which can be almost twice as much.
October 2, 2014 -- Paparazzi and others who stalk people for business or pleasure will have a harder time doing what they like to do after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a pair of bills on Tuesday introduced by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom.
AB 1356 expands the definition of stalking to include placing a person “under surveillance,” which is done through somebody standing outside another person’s home, school or workplace for what is determined to be no legitimate purpose.
SACRAMENTO, CA— Today, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) announced that Governor Jerry Brown has signed his bill, AB 1535, to greatly expand access to the opiate overdose reversal medicine naloxone at pharmacies throughout the state.
“This is a major victory in our efforts to combat the rising rate of overdose fatalities not only in California, but across the country,” said Bloom. “The overdose crisis is one of the country’s most serious health problems and this new law will give us another tool to help combat this epidemic.”
August 27, 2014 -- For more than 30 years, men who have had sex with men have been banned from donating blood due to a fear of HIV and AIDS infection. Democrat Richard Bloom, Santa Monica’s former mayor and current representative in the State Assembly, wants to eliminate that restriction.
The Assembly late last week approved a resolution introduced by Bloom that calls for the federal government to “repeal the current donor suitability policies … and instead direct the [Food and Drug Administration] to develop science-based policies.”
SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, legislation authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) to phase-out the use of micro-plastic beads in personal care products was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill, AB 1699, will prohibit the use of environmentally hazardous microbeads in personal care products starting in 2019. Last week, the bill passed out of Senate Environmental Quality Committee on a 5-2 vote last week. It was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 5-2 vote.
“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.”
(Sacramento) – Since World War II, it is estimated that over 100,000 homosexual veterans were dishonorably discharged from the United States military based on their sexual orientation. This discharge status prevents men and women who have served our country from obtaining veterans benefits they have earned and many times allows discrimination against them in the private sector as well. California State Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) authored Assembly Joint Resolution 44, which urges the Department of Defense, Congress and the President to create an efficient process by which veterans forced out of the military, because of sexual orientation, can change their discharge status. AJR 44 was overwhelming passed by the California Assembly. Watch this Assembly Access Video to view Assemblymember Bloom’s presentation of AJR 44 on the Floor of the Assembly.
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 44 urging the federal government to create a more efficient process for upgrading the statuses of those who have been “dishonorably” or “other than honorably” discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States on the basis of their sexual orientation. The resolution calls upon the Department of Defense, the President and Congress to insure that benefits, including applicable spousal benefits, are distributed to those veterans discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.
“These veterans, having endured discrimination and expulsion due to their sexual orientation, have waited too long for their benefits,” said Assemblymember Bloom. “Now is the time to recognize and honor their contributions to the safety and protection of our country.”