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.
(Sacramento) -- Legislation to impose a moratorium on the dangerous oil extraction activity known as hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," failed to secure enough votes for passage in the State Assembly. Following the vote Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) said, "I am disappointed that we failed to pass any meaningful protections against the inherent dangers of hydraulic fracturing today. We pride ourselves on being a national leader on environmental protection, yet we have allowed this activity to occur largely unregulated despite multiple studies and reports warning us of the dangers." Here's more from Assemblymember Bloom in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #3 which oversees natural resources and transportation funding, late yesterday finalized the subcommittee’s work for the 2013-14 State Budget. The subcommittee’s work was presented by Mr. Bloom to the full Assembly Budget Committee and was voted out 16-10 and sent to the Assembly Floor along with the other four subcommittee reports.
(Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), Chair of Budget Subcommittee #3 on Resources and Transportation, conducted a special informational hearing on the California Public Utilities Commission because a recent Department of Finance audit showed there was more than a million dollars in discrepancies in seven separate funds controlled by the CPUC. Assemblymember Bloom says much of the money came from ratepayers and the CPUC's poor accounting practices means millions of dollars are unaccounted for.
Assemblymember Richard Bloom joined Assemblymembers Nazarian and Achadjian in meeting with Grigor Hovhannissian, Consul General of Armenia. The group discussed relations between Armenia and the United States, and other issues of importance for the Armenian-American community in Southern California.
SACRAMENTO - In response to the hateful and discriminatory protests by the West Baptist Church over the last two days in Malibu, Hollywood, and Santa Monica, Assembly Member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) issued the following statement:
"I condemn the Westboro Baptist Church's hate-filled and disgusting antics. Their unwelcome and sick behavior has no place in our community. I applaud those who are responding by either ignoring Westboro Baptist Church or engaging in a measured response that reflects civility and promotes tolerance, compassion, and inclusiveness."
Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica) introduced his first bill in the State Assembly this week. The bill, AB 283, addresses concerns of community college districts over uncertainties in state funding. Community college districts base their budgets on the Department of Finance's projections for property tax revenue in the subsequent year. When actual property tax collections fall below these projections, community colleges have to absorb the shortfall. AB 283 would create a new adjustment mechanism that guarantees a minimum level of funding for community college districts.
"California's community colleges are a critical part of our educational infrastructure," Bloom remarked. "It's essential that they have the same certainty that our public K-12 schools enjoy surrounding their budgets. This will allow them to effectively plan and deliver a quality education to the students they serve. That's why I am excited to introduce AB 283 as my first bill."