Press Releases

Friday, June 30, 2017


Sacramento, CA – On Wednesday, Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) recognized Westside Food Bank as Senate District 26’s Nonprofit of the Year.  Outstanding nonprofit honorees from legislative districts across the state attended a luncheon in Sacramento.  Executive Director, Bruce Rankin, was unable to attend the ceremony, but was represented by his wife, Catherine Wagar, who accepted the award from Senator Allen.

Annual Report Presentation and Artist Live/Work Spaces in the Wake of the Ghost Ship Tragedy

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Senator Ben Allen (D - Santa Monica) will Chair an Oversight Hearing of the Joint Committee on the Arts on Wednesday, May 24 at 1:30 p.m. in Sacramento. The hearing will review newly released economic data from the Otis Report on the Creative Economy.  Additionally, the committee will focus on artist live/work spaces with discussion of safety, policy considerations and building community support and connections.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


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Monday, April 3, 2017

Los Angeles, CA – Senator Allen (D – Santa Monica) has named Pacific Palisades resident, Jacqueline Caster, as Senate District 26’s 2017 Woman of the Year. Every year, in a tradition dating back to 1987, the California State Senate celebrates Women’s History Month by recognizing remarkable women throughout the state who make a positive difference in their communities. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sacramento, CA – The legislature’s Joint Committee on the Arts, chaired by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), will hold an oversight hearing on the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program on Wednesday, March 29, at 1:30 in the State Capitol.  The hearing will look at production trends throughout the state.

Friday, March 3, 2017


SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) was recognized by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) with the prestigious Seven Seals Award for his commitment to members of the National Guard and CA State Military Reserve. The ESGR and Seven Seals Award represents the United States Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard and Air National Guard.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) released the following statement in response to 31 bomb threats received by Jewish community centers (JCC) and schools on Monday, including at the Westside JCC in his district: