By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter

March 3, 2015

The biggest electricity users in California could buy power from a seller other than one of the three big utilities under legislation offered yesterday that was framed as a way to expand renewable energy.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg: "The number of businesses on the both sides has grown tremendously, particularly the Chinese businesses investing in America and California."

March 2, 2015

By Lia Zhu and Chang Jun in San Francisco(China Daily USA)

Scholars, government officials and company executives from China and the US got together Feb 26 and put their heads together at a three-day conference on how to better tap into the potential for China-US economic cooperation.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg seeks to provide businesses, schools, hospitals innovative power choices

March 2, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Pointing to how Google and the University of California are already making energy-saving power choices, Sen. Bob Hertzberg today announced introduction of an innovative plan that recognizes how the energy market has changed in the last decade.

Lawmakers hold hearing on stormwater retention projects

February 26, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —California is letting billions of gallons of perfectly good water wash down its storm drains and out to sea.

That was the take-away lesson from a hearing at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

The Senate Governance and Finance Committee and the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee held a joint hearing on the potential for stormwater savings projects.

By Darla Givens

February 26, 2015

The drought took center stage in a committee room at the Capitol Wednesday.

The goal of the informational joint meeting -- with the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and the Senate Governance and Finance Committee -- was to explore innovative and cost-effective ways to fund projects to recapture and re-use rain water and dry weather runoff, rather than letting it flow into the ocean.

Governance and Finance Committee Chair Bob Hertzberg said there is about $200 million earmarked for projects.

February 25, 2015

To listen to Sen. Bob Hertzberg's interview, click on the link below. 

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21

February 25, 2015

Please join us for an open house Saturday, March 21, at your newly updated Senate District 18 District Office so you can conduct your own first-hand tour of what we sincerely hope will be a popular, open-to-the-public community space for San Fernando Valley residents.By attending, you will have an opportunity to:

By Amy Quinton

February 24, 2015

Recycling stormwater runoff could help provide more water during the drought. 

Democratic Senator Bob Hertzberg says he believes such projects are more affordable than importing water from state and federal water projects.

“We spend so much money and have such environmental impact by moving water around the state, when right in front of our noses there’s a lot of opportunity to capture it," says Hertzberg.  "So we’re looking at best practices and trying to figure out new policies we can develop to make that happen,” he says.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg seeks to better protect families, the unemployed

February 24, 2015

SACRAMENTO – In May 1961, Chloe and Alderson Muncy of Paynesville, West Virginia were the first recipients of modern food assistance, granted through an executive order by President Kennedy.

Three years later, on Aug. 31, 1964, then-President Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964, permanently cementing one of the centerpiece initiatives from the War on Poverty. As Johnson said at the time, this program applies “the power of America’s … abundance to the task of building a better life for every American.”

February 23, 2015

By Sen. Robert Hertzberg

As the new Legislature settles in, students are protesting tuition increases while the state faces yet another funding crisis for higher education. This has set lawmakers abuzz about what tax plan should replace Gov. Jerry Brown's temporary increase that will soon wind down and that he vows not to renew.

This welcome debate should not once more be about cobbling together short-term measures. Instead, it ought to be about a vision of California and how that should shape our tax system, not vice versa.

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