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Assemblymember Bloom Announces Student Winners of Earth Day Poster Contest

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SANTA MONICA – Today, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) announced the winners of his first annual Earth Day Poster Challenge for students in grades 1 through 12 who attend a school located in the 50th Assembly District.

A grand prize was awarded for the best overall poster and one first place selection each from the elementary, junior high, and high school level. The grand prize award went to Capella Fox, a first-grader from Wilshire Private School in Los Angeles. The other three winners included Juliauna Mkrtchyan, a fifth-grader and Ani Sarafian, a ninth-grader, who attend TCA Archag Dickranian Armenian Art School in Los Angeles and who won the elementary and high school categories respectively, and an eight-grader from St. Monica’s Catholic School in Santa Monica who won the junior high school category.

"I was very impressed with both the level of interest in this contest and the creativity of the artwork that was submitted. All of the students who entered the contest should be applauded," said Bloom. "These youth are the future leaders of our communities. Their engagement and interest in our environment helps teach their peers how to be better stewards of our environment and encourages adults to do the same."

The Earth Day Poster Challenge was held to honor Earth Day 2014 and to help encourage schools and students of all ages to learn about Earth Day and to help promote this year’s Earth Day theme, Green Cities.

The contest, which was announced to all schools throughout the 50th Assembly District back in January, received over 100 entries. The poster size was limited to 8 ½ by 11 inches and must have been submitted on recycled paper. Students were allowed to utilize any form of media such as photos, drawings, paintings or collages for their posters. Entries were due to Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s Santa Monica District office by Friday, April 4th.

Founded in 1970 by former United States Senator Garylord Nelson of Wisconsin, Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd around the world. The purpose of Earth Day is to increase awareness and support for environmental programs and initiatives at the local, national, and global level and to also help educate people on how to be better stewards of their environment.

The winning posters will be on display in Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s District Office where they can be viewed by constituents, as well as friends and family members of the winners!

CONTACT: Sean MacNeil (916) 319-2050

Assemblymember Bloom’s Legislation Expanding Access to Lifesaving Overdose Reversal Drug and Banning the Use of Rodenticide Both Pass First hurdle; Orca Captivity Legislation to Undergo More Review

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SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, two of Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s (D-Santa Monica) bills, AB 1535 which would expand access to the lifesaving opiate overdose reversal medication, naloxone hydrochloride and AB 2657, which would ban the use of certain anticoagulant rodenticides in environmentally sensitive areas, passed their respective first committees.  Meanwhile, Assemblymember Bloom’s landmark legislation to phase out orca captivity in California was sent to an interim study for further review.

AB 1535, which allows pharmacists to distribute naloxone to whomever expresses a need for access, such as persons at risk of an opiate overdose or their friends and family, passed the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection on a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 14-0.

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Assemblymember Bloom’s Legislation to Ban on Plastic Microbeads Passes First Hurdle

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SACRAMENTO – Today, legislation by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) that would ban plastic microbeads and reduce ocean debris passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on a 6-3 vote.  The legislation, AB 1699, specifically bans the sale of personal care products that contain mirco-plastic particle abrasives, commonly referred to as “microbeads,” that are commonly 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.

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Assemblymember Bloom Unveils Landmark Orca Welfare & Safety Act

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Bill would phase out orca captivity in California

SANTA MONICA – Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) today announced that he has introduced legislation that seeks to phase out killer whale, or orca, captivity in California. The bill, AB 2140, named the Orca Welfare and Safety Act, will end performance-based entertainment and captive breeding programs in California. The changes sought by the legislation would be the most comprehensive protections laws for orcas in captivity in the United States in over 40 years.

Joining Assemblymember Bloom at the press conference were Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Director of Blackfish, the critically acclaimed documentary on orca captivity, Naomi Rose, Ph.D., Marine Mammal Scientist with the Animal Welfare Institute, and two former SeaWorld orca trainers, John Hargrove and Carol Ray.

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Assemblymember Bloom Vows to Continue Effort to Modernize 9-1-1 Systems

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Recent Reports Show Antiquated Phone System Contributed to Slower Response to LAX Shooting

SACRAMENTO – Amid recent reports that police could not immediately respond to the shooting last November at Los Angeles International Airport because the emergency phone system could not provide a location, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) has announced that he is going to push for reconsideration of Assembly Bill 911, a bill he authored last to require system upgrades to help reduce response time.

"Currently, most emergency calls placed from a phone in a large facility such as an airport, school campus, hospital, or court house, cannot provide specific location of where the call actually originated. This means that operators are unable to immediately direct where first responders should go," said Bloom. "This lack of information significantly delays emergency response as was the case at LAX last November."

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Assemblymember Bloom’s Committee Advances Emergency Drought Relief Plan

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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.”

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Assemblymember Richard Bloom Seeks Ban on Plastic Microbeads

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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.

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Assemblymember Richard Bloom Introduces Bill Expanding Pharmacy Access to Lifesaving Overdose Reversal Drug

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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.

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Assemblymember Bloom Responds to Governor’s Budget Proposal on Court Funding

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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.

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Assemblymember Bloom Announces Open House and Food Drive

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As we approach the holidays and make plans to spend time with our family and friends, we must remember that there are many families who are unable to have the things that we often take for granted.

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. 

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