Press Releases

Nationwide events recognize crisis

May 7, 2015

SACRAMENTO – As part of a national effort to raise public awareness, Senator Bob Hertzberg (D – Van Nuys), former Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, and officials from counties nationwide today highlighted ways to reduce the number of people suffering from mental illness who are jailed.

SB 405 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg seeks to undo ‘criminalizing the poor’

April 28, 2015

SACRAMENTO – A plan by Sen. Bob Hertzberg to improve the ability of the working poor to reach their jobs today passed its first public review by the Senate Committee on Public Safety.

“We are criminalizing the poor and dramatically impacting their lives with punishments that far exceed their crimes by slamming them with excessive fines,” Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, said shortly before the unanimous, bipartisan vote in support of Senate Bill 405. “Then we take away their ability to get to work. We need to fix,”

SB 405 would address making punishment fit the crime

April 27, 2015

SACRAMENTO – A plan by Sen. Bob Hertzberg to improve the ability of the working poor to reach their jobs faces its first public review tomorrow, Tuesday, April 28, by the Senate Committee on Public Safety.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg pushes bill to boost civic participation

April 21, 2015

SACRAMENTO – As part of an effort to improve turnout, voters for all statewide primary, special and general elections would receive vote-by-mail ballots under a Sen. Bob Hertzberg bill that today passed its first policy test.

Support grows for Sen. Bob Hertzberg’s bill to improve public access to information

April 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO – On a bipartisan, 7-to-0 vote, a plan by Sen. Bob Hertzberg to require local government agencies to conduct system-wide inventories of collected data today passed its first policy test.

Remarks follow release of Board of Equalization study

April 14, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg released the following in response to today’s state Board of Equalization study showing California could receive up to $122.6 billion in revenues if it levied an 8.4 percent sales tax on all services (which is the current average sales tax on goods):

SB 405 would cut license suspensions, aid economic security for working poor

April 8, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Citing the loss of the ability to drive as a threat to economic security – especially among the working poor – Sen. Bob Hertzberg today announced a plan to reduce the number of motorists who have their driver’s licenses suspended for violations that don’t affect public safety.

Measures are priorities when session resumes Monday

April 3, 2015

SACRAMENTO – When the 2015 session resumes Monday, the nearly 1 million residents of the San Fernando Valley represented by Sen. Bob Hertzberg will find him pushing laws to reform state taxes, turn around abysmal voter turnout, improve protections of water systems from earthquakes and help the poor receive free legal help.

March 24, 2015

SB 664 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg would help prevent water shortages

March 24, 2015

SACRAMENTO – With a fourth-straight year of drought driving home the precarious nature of California’s water supplies, Sen. Bob Hertzberg today announced a bill requiring regional water-management officials to report the vulnerability of their water systems to an earthquake.

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