Op-Eds

January 8, 2018

By Bob Hertzberg & Emmett D. Carson

Today, more than at any time, California has an opportunity to continue its leadership in building a fair society. So far, it has missed the mark on an issue that significantly affects more than 4 million residents: traffic fines and fees.

January 2, 2018

By Bob Hertzberg & Dr. Laura D. Tyson

Sweeping legislation with arcane and opaque provisions that is barely deliberated always ends badly for the public. When it is agreed solely on a partisan basis favoring the special interests of the ruling party, and aimed at punishing states dominated by voters from the opposition party, it is a mockery of democracy. Yet, just such a calamitous act — the first major overhaul of the U.S. tax system in 30 years — has just been passed by the Republican majority and signed into law by President Trump.

April 24, 2017

By Bob Hertzberg

California is in a fix. The climate is changing, the state’s spring water supply — its snowpack — is gradually declining over time and we’ve entered a new era of endless cycles of drought.

That is the reality in April 2017, even after an especially wet winter that saw flooding and infrastructure failures around the state. California’s water supply will be strained in coming decades, and we need to take action right now to plan for that.

June 22, 2016

By Bob Hertzberg

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is charting the future, with a bold plan to put a permanent sales-tax extension and increase on the November ballot and tie the revenue to a list of major transportation improvements to be made over the next 50 years. Metro’s $120 billion plan is the product of a lot of hard work and thoughtfulness, and I applaud that. But it has one glaring omission that needs to be addressed: California State University, Northridge.

May 5, 2016

By Bob Hertzberg, Jim Heerwagen, Kathay Feng and Rob Lapsley

Californians face a presidential election year with a ballot full of important decisions to make. Timely information and transparency will be essential to making good decisions, but one key tool, the state’s official website responsible for tracking campaign contributions, is outdated and starting to break down just as we enter our election season.

By Jerry Hill, Bob Hertzberg and Adam Gray, Special to the Mercury News

April 1, 2016

To live in California is to live in earthquake country. It is also to live in one of the most modern economies in the world — a place where advancing science and innovation are breeding technological wonders of all kind, from self-driving automobiles to the next generation of spacecraft.

By Robert M. Hertzberg

February 22, 2016

Expanding public transportation for San Fernando Valley commuters is crucial to reducing traffic congestion, growing our economy and improving the Valley business climate.

Valley business and community leaders recognize this and have been working hard to draft a smart plan we can all support that is both practical and strategic.

Sen. Hertzberg says the Theatre And Dance Act will help create value in society

January 27, 2016

Go here to learn about SB 916, authored by Sen. Ben Allen and co-authored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg. 

By Robert M. Hertzberg

January 20, 2016

The bedrock of our democracy is its justice system — and people flock to the United States and California from across the globe just to live in a society that will allow them to work hard and be treated with dignity and fairness.

October 2, 2015

By Bob Hertzberg

If ever there was a time to think big about water that time is now.

Remember the energy crisis of the early 2000s? That’s when dwindling energy supplies caused skyrocketing prices and Californians suffered, both in their wallets and quality of life. We got through that crisis with conservation and building a sustainable, renewable, energy system.

Whether El Niño deposits its gift this winter, we have now seen scarcity’s path. Relying on captured water won’t produce nearly as much as we’ve saved this summer through vigilance alone.

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