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Sen. Bob Hertzberg seeks to boost civic participation

June 3, 2015

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to improve turnout, all registered voters in Los Angeles County would receive vote-by-mail ballots under a Sen. Bob Hertzberg bill that today received Senate approval.

Sen. Hertzberg: "There is not honor in going out and working hard and then you got to go beg for" help.

June 3, 2015

As labor unions lead a nationwide push for a higher minimum wage, the California Senate on Monday approved raising the state's required hourly rate to $11 in 2016 and $13 in 2017.

Under Senate Bill 3, which passed by a vote of 23-15, California's minimum wage would also begin increasing annually in 2019 based on inflation. The measure heads next to the Assembly.

By Timm Herdt

June 3, 2015

Advancing Tuesday was SB 405, which would require counties to implement an amnesty program next year to allow individuals with outstanding fines for traffic or parking infractions to settle their fines for half the outstanding costs. In addition, those who apply for the amnesty would immediately have their driver’s licenses restored.

The fine for the actual infraction is just a small portion of the overall charge, which routes money to a range of public safety uses

June 3, 2015

By Matt Fountain

Sen. Bob Hertzberg seeks to undo ‘criminalizing the poor’

June 2, 2015

SACRAMENTO – The California Senate today approved a plan by Sen. Bob Hertzberg to improve the ability of the working poor to reach their jobs while also helping Californians by reducing non-safety-related traffic fines.

Measure passed Senate 23-15; now goes to the Assembly.

June 1, 2015

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Senator Bob Hertzberg who addressed the crowd

May 28, 2015

Memorial Day at the old Pioneer Cemetery in Sylmar on May 25, 2015 was another success for the San Fernando Valley Historical Society (SFVHS). The observance began with a color guard and the strains of our national anthem sung by Stefni Valencia. The audience of about 350 enjoyed wisdom from Abraham Lincoln, wreath-layings by Civil War re-enactors and the local Marine Corps League, and the haunting sound of “Taps” performed by two buglers from Boy Scout Troop 104.

Tax proposals by unions and activists may loosen Gov. Brown's grip on the budgets

May 25, 2015

SACRAMENTO --- When it comes to California's roller-coaster finances, Gov. Jerry Brown has bent lawmakers and voters to his will, rejecting new spending programs, passing a temporary tax hike and strengthening the state's rainy-day fund.

But now a series of tax-related proposals, some backed by powerful interest groups or a rich benefactor, could loosen his tight grip on the budget.

California should rebalance its fiscal formula by reducing income taxes while extending a sales tax on services

May 23, 2015

By Nathan Gardels

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has called for an emergency rule to prevent courts from requiring drivers to pay traffic tickets before they can go to court to contest them.

May 21, 2015

Weighing in on a troubled system, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has called for an emergency rule to prevent courts from requiring drivers to pay traffic tickets before they can go to court to contest them.

Cantil-Sakauye this week asked the Judicial Council, the policy-making body of the courts, to write an emergency rule “that makes it clear that Californians do not have to pay for a traffic infraction before being able to appear in court.”

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