Assemblymember Bloom Appointed To Assembly Transportation Committee

Sunday, 8 Dec 2013, 9:33:00 AM

Mirror Staff

Assemblymember Richard Bloom represents Santa Monica in the state's 50th District.
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Assemblymember Richard Bloom represents Santa Monica in the state's 50th District.

Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) has announced that

Speaker John Perez has appointed him to the Assembly Transportation

Committee – one of the key committees in the State Legislature with

jurisdiction over sustainable development and greenhouse gas emissions

reduction policies.

“During my 13years as a Santa Monica City Councilmember and Mayor I

have made traffic congestion solutions for the Los Angeles region one of

my top priorities,” said Bloom. “I look forward to this opportunity to

increase access to public transportation, promote transit oriented

development and develop alternate modes of transportation for our region

and the state.”

In his first year in the Legislature, Assemblymember Bloom quickly emerged as a leader on transportation issues.

He authored AB 1002 to provide grants to communities for bicycle and

pedestrian connections to transit, discounted transit passes for seniors

and the disabled, and assist with creating safe routes to schools for

children.

He also authored AB 1222 which saved $3.5 billion in federal funding

for the Los Angeles region to fund the Downtown Regional Connector and

Purple Subway Line Extension projects as well as other related local

transit improvements.

In additional to his legislation, Bloom also recently convened a

first-of-its-kind regional bike share stakeholder meeting in an effort

to create a compatible, inter-city bike share program for the Los

Angeles region.

The new committee assignment will compliment his current assignment

as Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and

Transportation which oversees the various state transportation and

environmental protection agencies and funds.

Bloom replaces former Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield, also the former

Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, who was elected to the Los

Angeles City Council in March. The appointment is effective

immediately.

Bloom chairs the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Natural Resources

and Transportation. He represents California’s 50th Assembly District,

which comprises the communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills,

Brentwood, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga,

West Hollywood, and West Los Angeles.

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