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Lead, governor, lead.

May 15, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown calls it “the yoga tax,” his doubting phrase for a proposal to modernize California’s outdated tax system that amplifies cycles of boom and bust. The governor is being a glib pragmatist when he should be a bold leader.

Court fines are too high and punish the poor

May 13, 2015

By Bob Hertzberg
Special to the Bee

Whether it’s a broken taillight or late car registration, we all know the deal: pay up. Monetary penalties are embedded in our system of justice.

But we’re not telling the truth about fines and penalties. In California, Ferguson, Mo., and across America, penalties are no longer deterrents, but a primary source of government funding.

Court fines are too high and punish the poor

May 12, 2015

By Sen. Bob Hertzberg

+Whether it’s a broken taillight or late car registration, we all know the deal: pay up. Monetary penalties are embedded in our system of justice.

But we’re not telling the truth about fines and penalties. In California, Ferguson, Mo., and across America, penalties are no longer deterrents, but a primary source of government funding.

California officials join national initiative to reduce the number of mentally ill people in county jails

May 9, 2015

By Abby Sewell

Officials from around California announced Thursday that they will join in a national initiative seeking to reduce the number of mentally ill inmates in local jails.

"You will not find a sheriff in this state or this nation who is not struggling with the growing number of people who are mentally ill in our jails," Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said at a kickoff event for the initiative in Sacramento.

May 8, 2015

On Thursday, state Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) urged support for a bill (SB 621) that aims to bolster California programs that divert inmates with mental health issues from county jails, KPCC's "

May 6, 2015

By John Hrabe

Drivers who’ve had their licenses suspended could soon get a reprieve.

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, has introduced legislation that would reduce outstanding penalties and fines for drivers with a suspended license. In addition to reducing penalties, Senate Bill 405 would provide a method for drivers with a suspended license from a nonviolent offense to regain their driving privileges.

May 5, 2015

By Annie Taylor

SANTA MONICA—Sue Himmelrich, City Councilwoman and attorney for the Western Center on Law and Poverty is looking to assist residents who have revoked driver’s licenses.

It is a problem 4.2 million—one in six drivers—Californians face, where a minor, nonviolent infraction can accumulate multiple fines that some are unable to pay off resulting in a suspended license.

By Judy Lin

May 2, 2015

SACRAMENTO, California — His nicknames include Huggy, Herztie and Hugsberg, child-like monikers that when combined with his freshman status in the state Senate might make it seem Bob Hertzberg is a back-bencher.

In fact, the Democrat is a major California political player with more than four decades of experience.

The former Assembly speaker has returned to the Capitol after a 12-year hiatus, bringing his clout and deal-making experience. His mere presence stoked rumors of a challenge to the Senate leader though Hertzberg dismisses any rivalry.

Sacramento Bee editorial supporting SB 405 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg cited

April 30, 2015

WASHINGTON TIMES: Sacramento Bee: Time to put the brakes on add-on fees for minor traffic citations

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