Richard Bloom was elected to the Santa Monica City Council in April 1999. He is currently serving a two-year term as Mayor, and has previously led the community as Mayor from December 2002 - December 2004 & December 2006 – December 2007.
On the City Council, Richard provides leadership on critical issues such as sustainability and the environment, mobility and public transit and affordable housing.
In addition, Richard has spearheaded many important initiatives, including a regional agenda to end homelessness, dramatically increasing the city’s support for Santa Monica’s public schools, and banning smoking.
Richard is Chair of the 30-member Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission (www.santamonicabay.org). The Commission is charged with facilitating and overseeing plans to restore the health of the 266 square mile Santa Monica Bay and its 400 square mile watershed.
Richard is Chair of the Westside Cities Council of Governments (www.westsidecities.org), a regional policy agency consisting of Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Culver City and the City & County of Los Angeles. The agency coordinates policy and advocacy on issues of regional significance, particularly homelessness, social services, sustainability and public transportation.
In 2009, Richard was appointed to the California Coastal Commission whose mission is to protect, conserve, restore, and enhance environmental and human-based resources of the 1,1000 mile California coast and ocean for environmentally sustainable and prudent use by current and future generations.
Born in Philadelphia, Richard grew up in Altadena and West Los Angeles. He attended Fairfax High School, the University of California (Los Angeles and Berkeley) and Loyola School of Law. He holds a B.A. in Communication and Public Policy as well as a Juris Doctor degree.
Richard is an attorney with nearly 30 years of experience providing family law (marital dissolution, child custody, support, etc.) services to a diverse client base. His past experience also includes non-profit management as Executive Director of Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center, a non-profit law firm serving low-income clients and Executive Director of Community Initiatives at PATH (People Assisting the Homeless). Richard also consults on community issues and civic engagement strategies.
Richard has served as a volunteer Judge Pro Tem and mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Courts and on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section.
Richard is married to Robbie Black, a healthcare professional and administrator at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Robbie and Richard have two adult children, Zac & Emmett, each a product of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.