Press Releases

Sacramento – The State Auditor will investigate the hospice care industry, thanks to Governor Newsom’s signature of Senate Bill 664 on Monday. The law will prevent new hospice licenses for the duration of a statewide, investigative audit of the hospice industry. Senator Ben Allen (D- Santa Monica) authored the new law following media coverage of troubling practices like financial kickbacks to doctors, aggressive recruitment of prospective patients, and exorbitant Medicare spending.

Sacramento, CA – The California Legislature today approved Senate Bills 155 and 170, budget measures that will dedicate substantial funding for the state to address the climate crisis in meaningful ways that protect Californians, our environment, and our economy. Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica), chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and Co-Chair of the Environmental Caucus issued the following statement:

Sacramento, CA – In the wake of potential abuse cases (including that of Britney Spears), California’s conservatorship framework is just one step away from being significantly reformed. Assembly Bill 1194 by Assemblymember Low (D – Silicon Valley) and Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) cleared its final hurdles in the California Legislature today. The bill now heads to the Governor, who has until October 10 to sign it into law or veto.

Sacramento, CA – At a celebratory event in California’s capital city today, State Senator Ben Allen honored Door To Door Cleaners as Small Business of the Year for the 26th Senate District. While typically serving the Beverly Hills, Brentwood, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Pacific Palisades, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood communities with an array of textile and garment care services, the family owned and operated business pivoted during the pandemic to sew facial coverings for frontline medical workers, producing more than 5,000 homemade masks in the first two months.

Los Angeles – Representatives of the region’s renowned museums joined elected officials at the iconic La Brea Tar Pits today to call attention to the dire need for safeguarding vital cultural assets in the face of increasingly frequent climate-fueled disasters.

Sacramento – Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revision of his $268 billion proposed state budget announced this morning, State Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) released the following statement:

Sacramento, CA – Hollywood Hills street artist Corie Mattie, whose striking murals can be seen throughout Los Angeles County, today was recognized by State Senator Ben Allen as the 26th Senate District Woman of the Year. Also known as the L.A. Hope Dealer, Corie has spread inspiration and positivity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sacramento, CA – While celebrating advocacy for protection of natural resources during Ocean Day at the State Capitol, legislators announced a package of bills to address the mounting waste crisis affecting California’s coastline, landfills, and ratepayers. Led by Senator Ben Allen (D - Santa Monica), the group includes Senator Scott Wiener (D - San Francisco), Assemblymember Phil Ting (D - San Francisco), Assemblymember Steve Bennett (D - Ventura), Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D - San Diego), Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D - Los Angeles), Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D - Los Angeles), and Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D - Glendale).