Richard Bloom, a City Council member and former mayor of Santa Monica, has been appointed to the California Coastal Commission representing the South Coast counties of Los Angeles and Orange.

Bloom was named to the commission, which is charged with protecting and restoring the state’s coastal resources, by the California State Senate Rules Committee December 8th, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said. An attorney, Bloom also serves as chair of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.

“I am gratified by the confidence that Sen. Darrell Steinberg and the Senate Rules Committee has shown in my ability to make decisions that will protect and enhance our irreplaceable 1,100-mile California coastline,” said Bloom. “My experience on the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission has helped prepare me for this important new responsibility. I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”

Bloom was first elected to the City Council in April 1999 and was re-elected in 2000 and 2004. He was appointed to the restoration commission, which works to protect Santa Monica Bay and its watershed, in 2002.

“This is great news for California’s coastal resources. Richard Bloom’s commitment to the sustainable use of our coastline is genuine, and is backed by years of experience and knowledge of the issues,” Shelley Luce, executive director of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, said of the Coastal Commission appointment.

Steinberg, chair of the Senate Rules Committee, added, “Mr. Bloom is a committed advocate for our environment. He will contribute greatly to the commission’s efforts to protect and preserve our precious coast.”

Bloom’s Coastal Commission term runs until approximately May 2013. He says that he expects to continue serving with the restoration commission in addition to his Coastal Commission duties.

The city councilman holds a bachelor of arts degree in communication and public policy, as well as a juris doctorate degree.