SACRAMENTO – Late yesterday, the Assembly Transportation Committee passed AB 1222, by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) that would close a loophole in existing law and prevent unsolicited tow truck operators from towing disabled vehicles away from accident scenes and holding them hostage until the owner pays an exorbitant release fee that can often reach thousands of dollars.
“Unscrupulous tow scams are on the rise and plaguing consumers all around the state but the problem is particularly acute in Los Angeles County where approximately forty-two percent of the incidents occur,” said Bloom. “This bill will protect both consumers and legitimate tow truck drivers by prohibiting these bandit operators from preying on accident victims and poaching the work from our honest local towing businesses.”
SACRAMENTO - Yesterday, the Legislature passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 32, by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) which officially recognized the month of April as California Craft Beverage Month. The special recognition acknowledges the important economic and job creation role that the approximately 1,000 small businesses have in local economies around the state.
“Family-owned wineries, craft breweries and distilleries are tremendous, locally and organically created assets that significantly increase local tourism and greatly assist in local economic development and job creation,” said Bloom. “The craft beverage industry is also leader in in the business community in the stewardship of natural resources and the environment. The industry uniformly has made a major commitment at implementing sustainable practices such as utilizing some of the largest solar arrays in the private sector and the use of fuel cells and other innovative conservation techniques and processes.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Richard Bloom honored Beverly Hills resident and Holocaust survivor, Ernie Weiss, at the State Capitol as part of the California State Assembly’s 12th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony.
“Part of today’s ceremony was about remembering the dark days of the Holocaust and the depravity and evil of that time. But remembering the darkness of that time is not the only reason we are here,” said Bloom. “Survivors went on with their lives, raised families, started businesses, and created a state for the Jewish people. So while we remember the tragedy, we are also reminded of the resilience, the triumph, and the human spirit.”
p>SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) today announced today that he will convene a special hearing next Wednesday in Sacramento to appropriate $1 billion in drought funding unveiled today by Governor and legislative leaders from both parties. Assemblymember Bloom chairs the Assembly’s Budget Subcommittee #3 on Natural Resources and Transportation which must approve the funding before the item goes before the full house for a final vote.
“We are in the midst of our fourth consecutive year of drought. Our warm weather, coupled with the record levels of dryness this winter have left our snowpack at the lowest levels in nearly a quarter of a century,” said Bloom. “This situation is dire. People, particularly those in the central valley whose livelihoods depend on a functioning agricultural industry, are struggling. There is not enough water to grow crops this means no food and no jobs.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Richard Bloom today recognized television personality, business woman, and philanthropist Lisa Vanderpump as the 2015 “Woman of the Year” for the 50th Assembly District. Ms. Vanderpump was honored, along with other women recognized by their Assembly representatives from nearly every other legislative district from around the state, in a ceremony held in the Assembly Floor of the state Capitol.
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.
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.”
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 – 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.”