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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.

Hearing by Sen. Bob Hertzberg to begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25

February 20, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Stakeholders in the management of stormwater and urban runoff will consider emerging approaches to paying for stormwater projects during a public hearing in Sacramento convened by Sens. Bob Hertzberg and Fran Pavley on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, beginning at 2 p.m.

Joining Sen. Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, and Sen. Pavley, chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, will be several stormwater policy experts. 

Improved public access to information sought

February 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO – On the eve of International Open Data Day, Sen. Bob Hertzberg introduced a bill to require local government agencies to conduct system-wide inventories of collected data and make the inventories publicly available under the California Public Records Act. 

February 11, 2015

Rarely does a freshman state senator propose anything substantial during his or her first few days in office. But Robert Hertzberg, elected last fall from a safe Democratic district in the San Fernando Valley portion of Los Angeles, is hardly a typical newbie.

Measure to speed up how wills are processed sponsored by State Bar

February 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to save time and money for both the bereaved and taxpayers, Sen. Bob Hertzberg today announced introduction of  State Bar-sponsored plan to streamline certain court proceedings when addressing disposition of the assets of someone who has died.

Capitol Journal, by George Skelton

February 9, 2015

(This) no-brainer bill would make it easier to vote by requiring that every registered voter be mailed an absentee ballot. Now you've got to request one or be listed as a permanent absentee voter.

OK, but how much would that cost?

Less, says Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), author of the bill, SB 163. "Think about it."

“Nothing less than our democratic way of life is at risk”

February 6, 2015

Every registered voter in California would get a vote-by-mail ballot, whether they asked for one or not, under legislation being considered in Sacramento.

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, says it might help reverse a slide in voter turnout.

“Unless we find a way to increase voter participation statewide, nothing less than our democratic way of life is at risk,” says Mr. Hertzberg, author of the legislation known as SB 163.

Voters would still have the option of voting in person at their designated polling location.

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