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Opponents of the higher fee called it an attack on direct democracy.

August 18, 2015

By Patrick McGreevy

State lawmakers on Monday voted to increase the cost of filing a proposed ballot initiative in California from $200 to $2,000, in response to a failed bid for an anti-gay measure to appear before voters next year.

The state attorney general rejected as unconstitutional the "Sodomite Suppression Act" proposed by a Southern California attorney. It would have called for the execution of gays and lesbians.

August 14, 2015

Legislators return from recess next week to consider sweeping environmental laws, a $13 minimum wage and fundamental changes to the tax code. The Legislature has until Sept. 11 to move bills to the governor. Gov. Jerry Brownthen has one month, until Oct. 11, to approve new laws. 

Fee would go from $200 to $2,000

August 8, 2015

For $200, Californians with varying ideas can propose a measure that might wind up on the ballot.

One current proposal would call California’s chief executive president instead of governor. Another would mandate displaying the state flag more prominently at a variety of events and public buildings, including above the U.S. flag when they are flown together on the same flagpole. A third would create a panel of officials to explore the possibility of California claiming its autonomy from the country.

Air National Guard unit is in Sen. Hertzberg's district

August 4, 2015

Inside a darkened armory at the Air National Guard Station in Van Nuys, Calif., – in a space the size of a gymnasium — there's a horseshoe of computers. A projector casts an image on a concrete wall. It's a real time cyberattack map.

"These are attacks that are happening across the globe, back and forth cyberattacks," says Airman Christopher Watkins. "As you can see, we kind of get attacked a lot."

State Senator Robert Hertzberg is a scheduled guest speaker

August 4, 2015

Public safety officials across the country are taking time to reach out to the communities they serve as part of today’s National Night Out.

Communities are holding block parties, barbecuing and organizing caravans around local neighborhoods, with police officers and firefighters bringing out SWAT equipment and fire trucks for the kids to explore. And homeowners are encouraged to leave their porch lights on to promote neighborhood safety.

Blythe Street luau signals changes in once blighted area of ValleyHide Details

July 17, 2015

By Dana Bartholomew

Blythe Street in Panorama City has long been known for its notorious street gang of the same name, the first to be targeted by a city gang injunction.

Now a San Fernando Valley nonprofit hopes to help bind together a once blighted neighborhood and a hot-meals program targeted to seniors. On Thursday, the Valley Interfaith Council rededicated its year-old daily meals program with a Blythe Street luau and dance party.

By Susan Abrams

July 4, 2015

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg has received an award from an advocacy group for pushing $3 million in additional funding in the recently adopted California budget to help prevent mentally ill inmates from returning to prison.

By George Skelton

July 2, 2015

That was a nice Fourth of July gift from the Supreme Court, reaffirming that "We the People" get to decide how our elected representatives are chosen.

The politicians are not endowed with an inalienable right -- not even a constitutional one -- to choose their own voters.

Thank you, especially Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, a Californian who grew up in the shadow of the state Capitol, the son of an influential lobbyist and political pal of Gov. Earl Warren. Kennedy again cast the swing vote in a landmark 5-4 decision.

Editorial board weighs in on SB 450

June 28, 2015

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