This post originally ran on Streetsblog California. Assemblymember Richard Bloom represents Assembly District 50, which includes Santa Monica, West L.A., and Beverly Hills. He also served on the Santa Monica City Council from 1999 to 2012, when he was elected to the State Assembly.
Today, #DamienTalks with Assemblymember Richard Bloom, who represents western Los Angeles County in the State Assembly. Bloom is on the Finance Special Session Committee in the State Assembly, meaning that for the next two and a half weeks, the Assemblymember will have a chance to weigh in on any transportation bills before they come to the full Assembly for a vote.
Our discussion ended up ranging far and wide, covering Bloom’s proposed diesel fees, to the state funding crisis, to the need for more sub-regional transportation options, to Santa Monica’s nascent bike share program, to tying all transportation investments to the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. This isn’t the first time I’ve had the chance to interview Bloom, although it’s the first time for this podcast, and it will doubtless not be the last.
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