Op-Eds

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good decisions, but one key tool, the state’s official website responsible for tracking campaign contributions, is outdated and starting to break down just as we enter our election season.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.

By Sen. Bob Hertzberg

August 24, 2015

“This type of workshop is a tremendous benefit to small businesses in the state,” said Horace Heidt of the United Chambers of Commerce, San Fernando Valley and Region, which represents 21,000 local businesses, referring to a recent workshop on marketing through social media.

Heidt’s comment is just one of the many favorable reviews by the nearly 100 business people in the Valley who joined me for the free half-day workshop. The purpose was to learn how social media could help their firms grow, create jobs and improve the local economy.

By Bob Hertzberg

August 20, 2015

This is an exciting time for government openness. Open data policy, like making public information more accessible on department websites, has come slowly to government. However, there is a growing understanding that there's great value in improving data practices.

With the McKinsey Global Institute estimating that more than $3 trillion in economic value is locked away inside information stored by government, it is no wonder that smart data policies are beneficial to both government and the broader public. And they are being increasingly adopted around the world.

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