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SB 231 makes it easier for local agencies to finance projects capturing stormwater to reuse it, instead of letting the water run off and go to waste

August 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, clarifying the definition of stormwater so that projects designed to capture and clean stormwater can be more easily financed and built by local agencies today passed the Assembly.

SB 231 has already been approved by the Senate and now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for his consideration. The Assembly passed the bill on a 41-26 vote.

August 28, 2017

BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Few issues are more urgently in need of attention from California lawmakers than bail reform. Every day, tens of thousands of presumably innocent Californians are sitting behind bars for no other reason than that they can’t afford the payment to go free.

They haven’t been convicted of a crime, but many of those awaiting trial will languish in county jails for months and even years. Some will lose their jobs while they wait. Others will lose their families and apartments. For them, time is of the essence.

August 28, 2017

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Pretty much everyone who spends any time examining the American system of secured cash bail comes away with the same conclusion: It’s unjust, expensive and ineffective, even counterproductive. People charged with crimes — all of whom are presumed innocent — get locked up for days, weeks or months not because they pose a risk of fleeing or endangering the public but simply because they’re too poor to buy their freedom. 

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Hertzberg, Bonta will work with the Governor, Chief Justice over fall to fine tune SB 10 and ensure a final plan is passed early next year

August 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Moving bail reform one step closer to becoming reality in California, Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that Gov. Jerry Brown and Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye have agreed to work with Hertzberg and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, on bail reform legislation over the fall to ensure the final plan is pragmatic, workable and enduring.

Hertzberg to follow up with health fair in Pacoima on Saturday providing health screenings to help prevent the onset of diabetes

August 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Helping to highlight a growing disease that afflicts millions of Californians, the Senate today passed a resolution by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, declaring November 2017 “Diabetes Awareness Month.”

SB 606 sets the standards and process to make water efficiency a way of life as California braces for climate change, strained water supplies

August 22, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sens. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, and Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, unveiled legislation today that establishes permanent water efficiency standards and puts California on the path to maximizing its water supplies and minimizing waste in the same way it has for decades with gas and electricity.

August 16, 2017

By The Times Editorial Board

Arguments were filed last week in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Maranda Lynn ODonnell, a young mother who was held in a Houston jail for three days last year because she couldn't pay $2,500 in bail. Her alleged crime? Driving with an invalid license.

August 10, 2017

By Katie Lannan 

Nationwide, 500 new state laws in the past five years have addressed the pretrial side of criminal justice, an area every state has tackled in one way or another, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., introduce legislation encouraging states to replace money bail

July 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, commended U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., for introducing federal legislation today aimed at encouraging states to replace money bail with pretrial risk assessments, as he has proposed in SB 10.

SB 606 follows up on lessons learned from California’s historic 5-year drought, establishes framework for improved water conservation

July 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, and Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, to better prepare the state for future droughts by weaving greater water efficiency goals and drought resiliency requirements into California’s water planning today passed the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.

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