Op-Eds

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.

By Sen. Bob Hertzberg

August 19, 2015

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Comments recorded by staff

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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