May 8, 2015

On Thursday, state Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) urged support for a bill (SB 621) that aims to bolster California programs that divert inmates with mental health issues from county jails, KPCC's "

Nationwide events recognize crisis

May 7, 2015

SACRAMENTO – As part of a national effort to raise public awareness, Senator Bob Hertzberg (D – Van Nuys), former Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, and officials from counties nationwide today highlighted ways to reduce the number of people suffering from mental illness who are jailed.

May 7, 2015
May 6, 2015

By John Hrabe

Drivers who’ve had their licenses suspended could soon get a reprieve.

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, has introduced legislation that would reduce outstanding penalties and fines for drivers with a suspended license. In addition to reducing penalties, Senate Bill 405 would provide a method for drivers with a suspended license from a nonviolent offense to regain their driving privileges.

May 5, 2015

By Annie Taylor

SANTA MONICA—Sue Himmelrich, City Councilwoman and attorney for the Western Center on Law and Poverty is looking to assist residents who have revoked driver’s licenses.

It is a problem 4.2 million—one in six drivers—Californians face, where a minor, nonviolent infraction can accumulate multiple fines that some are unable to pay off resulting in a suspended license.

By Judy Lin

May 2, 2015

SACRAMENTO, California — His nicknames include Huggy, Herztie and Hugsberg, child-like monikers that when combined with his freshman status in the state Senate might make it seem Bob Hertzberg is a back-bencher.

In fact, the Democrat is a major California political player with more than four decades of experience.

The former Assembly speaker has returned to the Capitol after a 12-year hiatus, bringing his clout and deal-making experience. His mere presence stoked rumors of a challenge to the Senate leader though Hertzberg dismisses any rivalry.

Sacramento Bee editorial supporting SB 405 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg cited

April 30, 2015

WASHINGTON TIMES: Sacramento Bee: Time to put the brakes on add-on fees for minor traffic citations

George Skelton cites SB 8, the Upward Mobility Act, by Sen. Bob Hertzberg

April 30, 2015

The latest numbers are in, and they show that Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase is performing as advertised — generating billions by soaking the rich.

The data also point to the continuing need for an overhaul of California's tax system to make it less dependent on the unreliable super-wealthy.

But very few politicians — especially Brown — want to touch this subject for fear of goring oxen and being accused of kowtowing to the rich.

SB 405 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg seeks to undo ‘criminalizing the poor’

April 28, 2015

SACRAMENTO – A plan by Sen. Bob Hertzberg to improve the ability of the working poor to reach their jobs today passed its first public review by the Senate Committee on Public Safety.

“We are criminalizing the poor and dramatically impacting their lives with punishments that far exceed their crimes by slamming them with excessive fines,” Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, said shortly before the unanimous, bipartisan vote in support of Senate Bill 405. “Then we take away their ability to get to work. We need to fix,”

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