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George Skelton cites SB 8, the Upward Mobility Act, by Sen. Bob Hertzberg

April 30, 2015

The latest numbers are in, and they show that Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase is performing as advertised — generating billions by soaking the rich.

The data also point to the continuing need for an overhaul of California's tax system to make it less dependent on the unreliable super-wealthy.

But very few politicians — especially Brown — want to touch this subject for fear of goring oxen and being accused of kowtowing to the rich.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would force cities and counties to conduct inventories of the systems used to collect and store government data.

April 27, 2015

California could become the first state to require that local governments maintain a list of the technology systems used to collect and store public data.

Senate Bill 272, authored by Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, calls for California’s 58 counties and nearly 500 cities to catalog the software they use that accumulates public information, including how often it is collected and who’s in charge of it. The measure is meant to help local agencies and citizens better understand what data exists and empower them to use it, according to a fact sheet on the bill.

SB 405, Driving Down Debt, by Sen. Hertzberg, is cited

April 27, 2015

Soaring municipal fees are turning traffic tickets into such major expenses that many can’t get their car out of the impound lot. People shouldn’t lose their transportation to work over an illegal left turn. Sen. Robert Hertzberg’s SB 405 aims to fix that.


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By Tammerlin Drummond Oakland Tribune Columnist/Bay Area News Group

April 20, 2015

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By Christopher Cadelago

April 16, 2015

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Christina Charles acknowledges she broke the law. 
Between 2011 and 2012, Charles improperly stopped at a stop sign. She drove with a missing license plate and a taillight out.

Her license was suspended when she couldn’t pay for the tickets and failed to appear in court. Charles also was stopped for driving on the suspended license and without car insurance. 
She eventually piled up $6,000 in debt.

By Aaron Mendelson

April 15, 2015

The California legislature is considering a trio of bills that would crack open the state's vast amounts of public data. The seemingly small changes they require, including dictating the electronic file types and tracking systems that governments use, aim to make data easier for citizens to access and analyze.

Proposed reform to impose sales tax on services

April 15, 2015

By Art Garcia

How much do you know about Senate Bill 8, currently awaiting a hearing in the California senate? Not much? Never heard of it? Neither have most small businesses, operations that would be heavily affected by passage of its proposed tax reform.

Submitted by Democratic State Senator Robert Hertzberg of Van Nuys, the bill, which is titled the Upward Mobility Act, has yet to be assigned to a committee for hearing, but that should happen within a few weeks, and likely will go to the committee chaired by Hertzberg, the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance.

By Joel Fox

April 15, 2015

Just in time for Tax Day, the Board of Equalization issued a study requested by the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance estimating the revenue take from taxing untaxed services would be $122.6 billion. The study will become fodder in the coming debate over Senator Bob Hertzberg’s effort to restructure the state tax system to include taxes on the service economy.

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