Press Releases

SB 820 extends the California Land Reuse & Revitalization Act, helps state continue pushing redevelopment of blighted properties

August 4, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly today approved legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that extends the California Land Reuse & Revitalization Act, a vital legal tool enacted in 2004 that has helped propel the cleanup and development of vacant hazardous waste sites across the state.

Lawsuit highlights license suspensions for failure to pay traffic fines

August 2, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, issued this statement today regarding a lawsuit challenging the Los Angeles County court system for suspending driver’s licenses:

“We know that suspending driver’s licenses for people who are struggling to make ends meet can have huge negative consequences including costing them their jobs. It’s imperative that courts take into account the severity of this action. Driver’s licenses should be suspended only when merited and not for minor missteps, such as failing to pay a traffic fine on time.”

SCR 119 recognizes that minorities utilize mental health services at far lower rates than Caucasians, calls for greater awareness

July 8, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senate Concurrent Resolution 119, by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, designates July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Month.

The resolution, which unanimously passed both houses of the Legislature in June, is named for the late Bebe Moore Campbell, who was a celebrated author, advocate, national spokesperson and co-founder of the Urban Los Angeles chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

SB 1029 responds to issues raised by a San Francisco embezzlement case in which millions of dollars in bonds were looted

June 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Local Government Committee today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that requires the state to track and report on all state and local government debt until it is fully repaid or redeemed.  

SB 881 follows 2015 legislation that helped establish a traffic amnesty program

June 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Public Safety Committee today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that stops the automatic suspension of driver’s licenses for people who fail to pay fines for minor traffic offenses.

SB 919 will help the state avoid wasting renewable energy generation, while lowering the cost of water production

June 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to use surplus energy to make local water recycling less expensive today passed the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.

SB 1137 makes intentionally introducing ransomware into any computer, system or network a crime equivalent to extortion

June 21, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to help protect computer users by outlawing the practice of infecting computers with ransomware and making it the criminal equivalent of extortion today passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee.

SB 1349 overhauls Cal-Access to make campaign and lobbying disclosures quick and easy to find online

June 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Elections & Redistricting Committee today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to modernize California’s online database of campaign and lobbying information.

The $120 billion plan for LA County transportation improvements over the next 50 years provides no guarantees for state’s largest CSU campus

June 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, issued a call today to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan (Metro) Board to consider amending its expenditure plan for a proposed sales tax measure scheduled to be placed on the November ballot and include specific projects benefiting CSUN.

The board is scheduled to vote on June 23rd on the plan and placing the tax measure on the ballot. If approved by voters, the sales tax increase would provide an estimated $120 billion over the next 50 years to fund transportation infrastructure improvements throughout the county.

SB 163 takes aim at a common practice that wastes billions of gallons of usable water throughout the state every single day

June 13, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, unveiled legislation today to stop the wasteful dumping of treated water into the ocean and instead find ways to reuse the water as part of efforts to better manage the precious resource during California’s historic drought.

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