Local elected officials divided in Democratic presidential primary, Santa Monica Daily Press, June 13, 2016


On the Friday evening before the June primary, Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station hosted a Hillary Clinton campaign “Get out the vote with President Bill Clinton” event. Santa Monica’s State Assemblymember (and former Santa Monica Mayor and City Councilmember) Richard Bloom was there. “It was a real thrill to unexpectedly receive a call from the Clinton campaign, asking if my wife Robbie Black and I would be interested in joining former Los Angeles Controller and City Councilmember Wendy Gruel to “greet” former President Clinton before his speech that night,” recounted Bloom to me afterwards.

“We were ushered into a room in Bill Turner’s gallery (which currently features an outstanding retrospective “Moses @ 90” of Los Angeles artist and painter Ed Moses) and then The President arrived. The four of us had a very relaxed conversation that had very little to do with politics. He told stories from the past, and I was able to tell him a little about the great art that surrounded us. The encounter lasted about 15 minutes, but the memory will last a lifetime.”