Smoking Death Billboard Turns Twenty-Five

Los Angeles, CA – Twenty-Five years ago today, Bill Bloomfield and his father, took on the powerful Tobacco industry by erecting a billboard on Santa Monica Boulevard that makes people aware of the dangers of smoking by electronically counting nearly one smoking death a minute.

According to the Surgeon General, smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, and according to the American Lung Association, smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States causing over 393,000 deaths each year.

Erecting the billboard was a good start, but Bill knew there was more he could do. So in 2005, he played a key role in helping to pass an initiative in Washington State that enacted the then toughest second hand smoke legislation in the country. Bill says:

“If I can prevent one person from picking up their first cigarette, inspire one person to quit, or prevent one child from breathing in harmful second hand smoke, then helping pass tough legislation and keeping our billboard up for twenty-five years was and is worth it.”

This year Bill Bloomfield is the independent candidate running for Congress against 37-year incumbent Henry Waxman in the newly drawn 33rd District. For more information about how one person has stood up to special interests to make a difference visit www.BloomfieldforCongress.com.

Former Central Intelligence Agency Director James Woolsey Appears in TV Ad for Bill Bloomfield

Los Angeles, CA – The Bill Bloomfield for Congress campaign today released a new television ad this week featuring James Woolsey, President Bill Clinton’s Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and current Chairman of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. In the ad, Woolsey praises Bloomfield, the Independent Candidate for California’s 33rd Congressional District, for assistance the Manhattan Beach businessman has provided to political dissidents in Syria and Iran.

Woolsey stated, “Bill Bloomfield has been of critical help in supporting operational work assisting pro-democracy dissidents in Syria and Iran. This is work that would not have happened without Bill’s assistance. Our efforts in this regard can ultimately make the citizens of Israel as well as the United States safer.”

Bloomfield responded, “I passionately believe in democracy, human rights and individual freedom for all peoples. I have fought for those principles both here and abroad. I am humbled that as a private citizen I have been able to make a positive difference and help support dissidents in Syria and Iran who are suffering under violently repressive regimes. I’m grateful for the kind words of Mr. Woolsey. As a Member of Congress, I will expand on my work to support those who are committed to human rights and freedom around the world and to ensure the safety of the United States and the State of Israel.”

To view the television ad LINK. For more information on Bill Bloomfield please visit www.BloomfieldforCongress.com. playing partisan political games that threaten our nation’s future. That’s why I’m proud to have the endorsement of IndependentVoice.Org and the independent voters they represent”. . .

CA Independent Voter Organization Endorses Bill Bloomfield

CALIFORNIA– Proclaiming that California voters now have the tools to take on a government broken by partisanship, IndependentVoice.Org, a statewide association of independent voters, today announced its “Post Partisan” Candidate Endorsement Slate.

The group endorsed candidates Bill Bloomfield (No Party Preference, 33rd Congressional District), Marc Levine (Democrat, 10th Assembly District), Chad Walsh (No Party Preference 28th Assembly District), and Abel Maldonado (Republican, 24th Congressional District). The candidates were selected based on their demonstrated support for political reforms that empower independent voters – referred to as “No Party Preference” in California – like the “top-two” open primary and redistricting reform.

“For the first time in over a decade, independent voters will have a real voice in state and congressional races,” said Jason Olson, the Director of IndependentVoice.Org. “Whatever our ideological differences, independent voters believe that government mostly does what’s best for the political parties, and not the people. We’re proud to stand with candidates who want to work with independents to lead us beyond destructive partisanship and move the country forward.”

The 2012 election marks the debut of the open “top two” primary system and new districts drawn by a citizens commission instead of the State Legislature. Rather than running in party primaries, all candidates ran in a non-partisan voter primary in June. All voters were able to participate and vote for any candidate regardless of party, with the top two candidates moving on to a “run-off style” November election. IndependentVoice.Org was a key proponent of the successful redistricting reform and “top two” open primary measures passed by California voters.

IndependentVoice.Org is part of the national independent movement pushing for similar reforms around the country, including in Arizona where this fall voters will have the opportunity to pass a “top two” open primary system.

Independent voters have been the fastest growing segment of the electorate in California over the past several decades. The most recent report by the Secretary of State puts the total number of “No Party Preference” voters at just over 3.6 million voters, or 21.28% of all registered voters. Bill Bloomfield, an independent (“No Party Preference”), is a longtime political reform advocate and successful businessman running in the 33rd Congressional District that spans the coastal area of Los Angeles. Many political observers feel that he has the best chance of any independent Congressional candidate in the country to win his race.

“I felt compelled to run for Congress because our country won’t be able to recover from a few more years of a hyper-partisan and broken Congress. We must confront the power and influence of the special interests. It’s time to force both major parties to start solving problems and stop playing partisan political games that threaten our nation’s future. That’s why I’m proud to have the endorsement of IndependentVoice.Org and the independent voters they represent.”

Bill Bloomfield Proposes Series of Actions to Provide Housing for Veterans

Los Angeles, CA – According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the number of homeless veterans in Los Angeles County at last count in 2011 was over 8,000, up 24% in just two years. Unfortunately, these numbers are only expected to keep rising as our troops return from overseas despite the fact that there is a potential solution available. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs holds title to a 387-acre parcel of land and over 100 buildings on the Westside of Los Angeles.

Instead of providing much needed housing for veterans with disabilities on this campus, buildings have been allowed to fall into disrepair and stand vacant while our heroes sleep on the streets. Bill Bloomfield remembers visiting the facility as young boy in the 1950’s with his neighbor Father McDonald, the priest at the church on the property that is now a derelict building. After a recent tour of the facility Bloomfield remarked:

“It breaks my heart to see that not a single remaining structure is dedicated to permanent housing for our disabled vets when this facility once housed tens of thousands of our American heroes.”

“Congressman Henry Waxman’s claims that he doesn’t have subpoena power to get to the bottom of the matter is absurd. In the letter he recently sent to the V.A., he admitted it was the first time he’d contacted them in five years. Finding housing for our disabled Veterans should have been a top priority for Mr. Waxman, but it clearly was not. One has to wonder why Mr. Waxman never asked the President for assistance on this significant issue. There are no commitments more sacred than what we owe our veterans for their service and their sacrifice.”

In addition to allowing the buildings to sit vacant and rot, the V.A. has also repurposed approximately 110 acres, almost a third of the land, for use by outside businesses and organizations that do not serve our veterans. Current uses of the land include:

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car and a charter bus operator.
  • Hotel laundry operations.
  • Active oil wells.
  • Commercial theaters.
  • A dog park.
  • School athletic facilities.
  • Movie and television production.

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of veterans to enforce a deed restriction on the Los Angeles parcel, but it shouldn’t require litigation for us to properly care for those who risked their lives for us and to provide them comfort and dignity upon their return to our shores.

According to Bill Bloomfield, all that is lacking is the will of Congress and the funding is lacking, so he has called for:

  1. An immediate halt to any further actions involving private use of V.A. property. That means no more leases, no more “deals.”
  2. A full audit to account for revenues of all previous transactions to make certain they were used to benefit disabled homeless veterans.
  3. Exploration of ways for the V.A. to work with the California Department of Veterans Affairs to increase utilization of California’s new state of the art 396-bed facility built on the site from the current 20% occupancy level to 100%.
  4. Implement an immediate strategic plan for the VA to provide adequate housing for the areas 2,500 severely disabled homeless veterans on this property.

This year Bill Bloomfield is the independent candidate running for Congress against 37-year incumbent Henry Waxman in the newly drawn 33rd District. For more information about how one person can make a difference visit: www.BloomfieldforCongress.com.

No Labels Gives Problem-Solvers Seal to Bill Bloomfield

This week No Labels gave its official Problem-Solvers Seal of Approval to Bill Bloomfield, candidate for Congress in California’s 33rd congressional district. The Problem-Solvers Seal is awarded to candidates or legislators who agree to join No Labels’ emerging “Problem-Solvers Bloc,” a group of lawmakers who are dedicated to working across the aisle to find effective, principled and pragmatic solutions to our country’s problems. Bloomfield has committed to join the bloc.

“Bill Bloomfield has made problem solving and fixing America’s challenges the focal point of his campaign for Congress,” said No Labels Co-Founder Mark McKinnon. “Through his extensive business career, his passion for education reform and his commitment to political reform in California, Bloomfield has displayed a continued dedication to finding real solutions to serious problems. His attitude is what Congress needs more of and, when elected, he will be a welcome addition to the No Labels Problem-Solvers Bloc.”

The Problem-Solvers Bloc represents No Labels’ effort to jumpstart constructive debate in Congress around America’s most pressing issues. In today’s Washington, Republicans and Democrats rarely meet with one another to discuss issues. With No Labels’ new bloc, members will have a banner to gather under to develop real solutions. No Labels began constructing this bloc in mid-2012 and has already had tremendous success recruiting current and prospective members of Congress to join.

“Bloomfield’s recent work in California dealing with the redistricting process and the initiative to create open primaries are just two examples of his life-long commitment to problem solving,” said No Labels Co-Founder William Galston. “He has been awarded the Problem-Solvers Seal from No Labels for his efforts to find real and long-term solutions facing the country, efforts that will be paramount to reducing gridlock in Congress.” Lisa Borders will award Bloomfield with the Seal of Approval Thursday Oct. 11 at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in Santa Monica. Please find address below. If you are interested in attending, or have questions about Bill Bloomfield, please contact Sabrina Wazzan at [email protected] or (424) 200-4316.

WHO: Lisa Borders and Bill Bloomfield
WHAT: No Labels awards its Seal of Approval
WHEN: 8:30 a.m., PT
WHERE: Doubletree Suites by Hilton in Santa Monica, 1707 Fourth Street, Marquis 1 room,
Santa Monica, CA 90401