Op-Eds

By Sen. Bob Hertzberg

August 19, 2015

NOTE: This op--ed ran in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, California's largest legal news provider. Link to their main Web site HERE:

Every year, thousands of young lawyers graduate from law school with a desire to launch their careers performing public service as a district attorney, public defender or public-interest lawyer.

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August 18, 2015

Click on the link below to hear Sen. Bob Hertzberg explain why he opposes AB 1100, which would raise the filing fees for initiatives from $200 to $2000.

Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, likes governor's goals

January 5, 2015

Watch, lisen to Sen. Bob Hertzberg's reaction to Gov. Brown's State-of-the-State address by clicking on the link below. 

October 30, 2010

Editor's note: On the eve of the recall election that swept Arnold Schwarzenegger into office seven years ago, former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg penned a memo to the new governor for these pages. With Californians about to choose a new leader, he's once again offering his thoughts about getting our state back on track.

DEAR Governor-elect:

How the world has changed in seven short years. When I last wrote a new governor, Barack Obama was a little-known state senator and California's economy was larger than China's.

June 7, 2010

By Bob Hertzberg

I'm an optimist by nature. In the glass-half-full, glass-half-empty debate - I'm the guy who is happy there's a glass.

When I served as Speaker of the California Assembly, even during the energy crisis, I kept in my office a framed copy of Alexander Graham Bell's quote: "problems are nothing more than opportunities in working clothes."

So why is it that even an optimist like me wakes up these days with a pit in his stomach?

May 26, 2009

By Robert M. Hertzberg and Thomas McKernan;

 Special to The Bee

Californians are looking for a government as innovative and creative as the state they call            home. We all want something to believe in, something that will bring about change without more gimmicks and old, tired ideas. Overhauling the constitution only makes sense if it empowers communities at the expense of a bloated Sacramento. Put simply: To succeed, government must be closer to the people, focused on solving problems, and organized to achieve better results.

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