In the News

Friday, May 26, 2017

The California Arts Council was at the state Capitol on Wednesday as artists, arts agencies, organizations and advocacy groups gathered for a seat at the table of the Joint Committee on the Arts. Joint Committee Chair Senator Ben Allen and other committee members listened intently and asked questions as various panelists expressed their views on the state of the arts in California.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

California lawmakers advocated for the Ocean Pollution Reduction Act, a bill that will include a statewide ban on "Styrofoam food packaging" that cannot be recycled or composted, on Monday at the University of California- Los Angeles.

Courtney Friel reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on May 22, 2017

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by Melanie Mason

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

 

State treasurer and gubernatorial hopeful John Chiang is wading into the increasingly high-profile debate over college affordability with a new push for California to play a role in alleviating the burden of high-interest private student loans.

Chiang is sponsoring legislation that would create a $25-million fund that would offer a degree of protection to student loan providers. With the state assuming some of the risk, the measure’s proponents say financial institutions will be more likely to offer lower interest rates to those carrying student debt.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

 

It’s a lamentable fact of political life that winning an election for superior court judge in California often depends on what job description the candidate chooses to put on the ballot.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

 

Five years ago, a proposed law banning the use of polystyrene containers to serve burgers, salads and other prepared foods failed in the state Assembly after heavy opposition from the plastics industry and the Chamber of Commerce. The environmental hazards posed by this form of plastic foam haven’t changed since then, but a lot of other things have.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) was honored as Clean Money Champion by the California Clean Money Campaign Sunday. The award is presented to the California State legislator with the highest “Clean Money Score,” as determined by their leadership, votes, and actions regarding campaign finance reform. The award is based on the organization’s scorecard which seeks to highlight legislators who are the “strongest advocates for the Big Idea that regular voters should have more information and power in elections.”

Santa Monica Lookout, Niki Cervantes, Staff Writer

Thursday, March 2, 2017

State Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) has been appointed to the governing board of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, his office announced Tuesday.

The Conservancy, established in 1980 by the state Legislature, helps preserve more than 72,000 acres of wilderness and parkland encompassed in the nation’s largest urban park, itself a 150,000-acre swath of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Special to The Sacramento Bee, Guest Editorial by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) & Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica)

Monday, January 30, 2017

California faces a transportation crisis, with gridlock, crushing commutes and significant negative impacts on our environment, economy and quality of life.