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January 10, 2017

By Paul Rogers

The powerful storms that soaked Northern California over the past week did more than trigger power outages, mudslides and flash floods.

They sent roughly 350 billion gallons of water pouring into California’s biggest reservoirs — boosting their storage to levels not seen in years, forcing dam operators to release water to reduce flood risks and all but ending the five-year drought across much of Northern California, even though it remains in the south, experts said Monday.

January 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS13) – California lawmakers are taking a closer look at the state’s bail system. New legislation aims to change the entire pre-trial process.

“It’s a way to basically punish people and keep people in jail who are poor,” said Senator Bob Hertzberg, District 18.

Right now, bail is set after a person is arrested. The amount depends on a fee schedule that’s different in each county. Then, the accused person either pays upfront or pays 10% of the money to a bond company. State lawmakers believe that chunk of change could be too big for some Californians.

Under SB 61, state taxpayers will have the option to donate some of their refunds to feed the hungry on returns through 2026

December 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced legislation today to extend a tax checkoff for food banks through 2026, ensuring that Californians can choose to donate some of their state tax refund to help feed the hungry by marking a box on their returns.

The Emergency Food for Families Fund has appeared on tax returns since 1998 as a donation option, but it is scheduled to disappear beginning in 2019, without legislation action.

Hertzberg will also remain on the committees he has served since being elected to the Senate in 2014

December 21, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León today announced that he has recommended appointing Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee as part of legislative assignments made for the 2017-18 session.   

The California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017 aims to eliminate the economic disparity and injustice in the pretrial process

December 5, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, unveiled legislation today to reform California’s cash bail system and replace a pretrial process that often forces people of modest means to remain in jail until a court can determine their innocence or guilt but allows the wealthy to go free.

December 5, 2016

By Jazmine Ulloa

California lawmakers next year will make it a top priority to reform the system through which judges award criminal offenders bail, saying courts across the state are punishing “the poor for being poor.”

Click Here to learn more about Sen. Hertzberg's new law decriminalizing fare evasion for youths

November 30, 2016

As the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority considers switching its transit policing contract Thursday, the board of directors will also vote on a plan that would decriminalize fare evasion by riders younger than 18.

November 30, 2016

For all Muni Metro passengers knew, the free rides they were getting Friday night and Saturday were a holiday gift from the transit system. Little did they know Muni was under attack from a hacker trying to squeeze $73,000 in ransom to unlock the agency’s computer systems.

Muni refused to pay up. Instead, officials shut down the system’s ticket machines, threw open the fare gates as a precautionary move, and contacted the Department of Homeland Security and their own technology division to contain the attack, they said.

SB 272, the Local Government Open Data Act, went into effect on July 1, but not all local agencies are following it

October 6, 2016

 

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