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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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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.

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