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SB 272 is sponsored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg

June 26, 2015


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“SB 272 requires local agencies to make a catalog of their enterprise systems used to store and maintain, update local data. What this is really about is in the effort to figure out how to, how to move forward in data collection, and what are we going to do in the government.” – Senator Bob Hertzberg (D – Van Nuys)

June 26, 2015

Capitol politicians are patting themselves on the back for opening an escape hatch for millions of motorists whose licenses have been suspended for failure to pay past-due tickets.

A budget “trailer bill” gives drivers whose licenses were suspended due to nonpayment in 2012 or earlier a window to settle up with discounts – 50 percent for everyone, 80 percent for those on welfare or with low incomes – and easy payment plans.

Elmer Avenue project in Sen. Hertzberg's district is highlighted.

June 23, 2015

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It’s a busy morning in a San Fernando Valley neighborhood. On Elmer Avenue people are hopping in their cars and garbage trucks are making their rounds. Look to the northeast, you can see mountains. 

By Dennis Romero

June 22, 2015

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If you owe a lot of cash because of unpaid traffic citations, you could be in luck.

By Debra J. Saunders

June 21, 2015

Everyone has a story: The time an unlicensed driver rear­ended me. The time an unlicensed driver ran a red light and killed a co­worker’s dog as her husband was walking the dog in a crosswalk.

Drivers' chance to get back licenses (SB 405)

June 20, 2015

By Bob Egelko

The new state budget that the Legislature approved Friday offers a break to some of the millions of Californians whose driver's licenses have been suspended for failing to pay traffic tickets - a chance to get their licenses back by signing up for a cut-rate repayment program, with further discounts for the poor.

he action follows a report in April by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco that said 4.2 million Californians had their licenses suspended between 2006 and 2013 for failing to pay traffic fines and court-added fees.

By Jim Firth

June 20, 2015

The November 2014 election produced one of the lowest voter turnouts in recent memory. Yes, it was an “off-year” election, and yes, in California many of the candidates seemed predetermined, and yes, the ‘Top-Two’ system now in place in California reduces the number of qualified choices. But we can do better.

The recently elected Secretary of State, Alex Padilla has some ideas to improve voter turnout and ease the registration process so more qualified voters may participate in their government.

June 20, 2015

In an effort to help prevent mentally ill inmates from returning to prison, the state spending plan approved by lawmakers today includes $3 million in additional program funding pushed by Sen. Bob Hertzberg.

“This money will go toward paying for programs to help jailed persons living with mental illness,” Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, said after senators approved the 2015-16 budget agreement. “It can be used to provide treatment and training for people suffering from mental illness.”

June 18, 2015
The era of the neighborhood polling place with its paper voter rolls and rickety booths isn't quite over, but it is well on its way out in California. No tears will be shed here: It's high time the state entered the 21st century.

A new bill, Senate Bill 405, was recently proposed for stories like his.

June 18, 2015

Daniel Zapien was 20 years old when he first lost his drivers license. After two tickets, it took him more than six years and $5,000 dollars to be able to hold this card once again. He was in what California Governor Brown calls a "hellhole of desperation." A new bill, Senate Bill 405, was recently proposed for stories like his.

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