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Sen. Bob Hertzberg's tax-reform efforts, SB 8, cited

August 25, 2015

Gyrations in the stock market have taken California’s fragile finances for a ride before — when the dot-com bubble burst, when the Wall Street crash sank the national economy less than a decade ago.

So as the market continued its drop Monday, officials began glancing around for their seat belts.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg, former Assembly Speaker, endorses tougher climate bills

August 24, 2015

<p>Facing a mounting&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/dan-morain/article31841658.html" target="_blank" title="">opposition campaign</a>&nbsp;from industry groups, supporters of two tough legislative proposals to combat climate change are calling on former Senate and Assembly leaders to help push the bills over the finish line.</p>

By 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.

August 22, 2015

First things first: An initiative authorizing the slaughter of gays and lesbians — or anyone else, for that matter — is reprehensible.

It has no place on the ballot, and anyone peddling that kind of hatred deserves every bit of public opprobrium that follows, as it did when an Orange County lawyer named Matt McLaughlin submitted the “Sodomite Suppression Act” to the attorney general earlier this year.

No one will be voting on McLaughlin’s crackpot idea.

Senate Bill 405 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg helped pave the way

August 21, 2015

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August 21, 2015

California consumers have more choices than ever to go green when flipping the switch. But that’s not true for big energy users such as businesses and institutions looking to buy renewable power in a major way.

A pending state bill would give these major customers more freedom to buy green power, a change that should stimulate California’s widening energy market as policy makers hunt for more answers to climate change. The measure, SB286, would loosen the state’s energy market that now largely runs through three major utilities.

August 20, 2015

By Bob Hertzberg
Special to the Mercury News

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.

By Kyle Glazier

August 19, 2015

PHOENIX - The players at the table working to boost California's transportation funding began showing their cards Wednesday, when lawmakers in Sacramento began consideration of several bond-related propositions aimed at raising infrastructure revenue.

Gov. Jerry Brown in June called a special legislative session on transportation funding in a proclamation that cited $5.7 billion of annual unfunded road infrastructure repair requirements.

Gas taxes, the traditional source of road project funding, bring in only $2.3 billion a year.

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:

Assembly Bill 1100 would raise filing fee for ballot measures to $2,000

August 18, 2015

BY ALEXEI KOSEFF

akoseff@sacbee.com

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