Press Releases

Sacramento, CA – Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) to establish a renewable gas standard, Senate Bill (SB) 687, passed the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee today on a vote of 7 - 3.  The state’s gas sector causes one-quarter of California’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), and significant air and water pollution.




Sacramento, CA – Today Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) spoke in favor of Senate Resolution 19 (SR 19), a resolution proclaiming March 23 – 27 as California Aerospace Week, on the California State Senate floor.  Allen, a co-author of the measure, is Vice Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Defense and Aerospace.  To watch his remarks, click here.




November 4, 2014 was a record low turnout for a regularly scheduled general election at 42.2% of registered voters statewide.




Sacramento, CA – Today, Senators Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) and Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) presented Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 14 declaring March 2015 as Arts Education Month on the Senate floor. The measure passed on a vote of 32 – 0.
Watch Senator Allen's remarks here.  

“As a former educator, I understand the importance of a well-rounded education,” said Senator Fuller. “SCR 14 acknowledges the important role arts curriculum has in the overall education of our children.” 




Sacramento, CA – Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) sent a letter to the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Thursday urging the two sides to end the stalemate that is damaging West Coast Ports and the California economy.  To view a video of Allen speaking out on the Port issue, click here. The text of Allen’s letter is below:

February 12, 2015




SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing Sacramento and Senator Ben Allen, the former Board President of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will introduce legislation that will repeal the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to effectively opt their child out of vaccines in our schools. 




SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing Sacramento and Senator Ben Allen, the former Board President of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will introduce legislation that will repeal the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to effectively opt their child out of vaccines in our schools. 




Santa Monica – At a community swearing-in ceremony this past Saturday evening, Senator Ben Allen celebrated the beginning of his tenure with the California State Senate with his family, friends, constituents, and other local dignitaries at Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall. A proud alumni, Senator Allen welcomed other elected officials including Congressman Ted Lieu, California State Treasurer John Chiang, the Hon. Kevin de León, President pro Tempore of the California State Senate, Senator Fran Pavley, Assemblywoman Autumn R.