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September 5, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Pity the California voter.

Seventeen voter initiatives are on the state ballot in November, a glut of citizen-lawmaking that could, among other things, end the death penalty, legalize recreational marijuana, impose a tax surcharge on the wealthy and place limits on prescription drug costs.

Editorial

August 27, 2016

Consider two people arrested within hours of each other by police who say the suspects look just like a couple of prowlers who were seen recently creeping around homes that suffered break-ins. Both men are taken to the station, both are booked for first-degree burglary and both are held in jail until being brought before a judge.

The judge sets a trial date and consults the official bail schedule — a kind of rate sheet that lays out how much money suspects must post, depending on the alleged crime and a range of other factors — and sets bail for each at $50,000.

Hertzberg's SB 1137 heads to Governor's desk

August 25, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on action in the California Legislature (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Legislation to explicitly outlaw "ransomware" hacking attacks is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 24, 2016

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Kids who skip out on transit payments will no longer face criminal charges under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday. Fare evasion will result in administrative fines, but won’t escalate into a misdemeanor charge or jail time once the law takes effect at the start of next year.

The Legislature needs to pass and the governor needs to sign Senate Bill 1298

August 19, 2016

When is water not water? When it falls from the sky and becomes storm water. Then it’s treated as toxic and wasted. But capturing storm water in Southern California and the Bay Area could increase the state’s stored water enough to supply Los Angeles for a year.

August 18, 2016

BY DAN WALTERS
dwalters@sacbee.com

As Sen. Bob Hertzberg presented a bill dealing with sale or lease of public property on the Senate floor Monday, he referred to the “shpilkes” experienced by local officials when the state abolished their redevelopment programs a few years ago.

It’s a Yiddish word meaning “restlessness” and continued Hertzberg’s practice of dropping Yiddish words and phrases into his public utterances. And if his colleagues don’t know what they mean, the Los Angeles Democrat refers them to the “Yiddish for legislators” booklet that he distributes.

August 18, 2016

By Sandy Wells

KABC News

The California state Senate has approved a bill this week that would allow actors to conceal their ages from websites such as Internet Movie Database used by casting directors in the film and TV industry.

State Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) says AB 1687 would help a lot of older actors overcome age discrimination in seeking that next job.

Multiple Bills Aim to Save Water and Money

June 28, 2016

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, has studied the intricacies of water issues and policy since he wrote his college thesis on the topic 40 years ago. Throughout the ebb and flow of his career in and out of government, water has been a constant.

“You’ll see me introduce water bills every year that I’m in the Senate,” Hertzberg said as he discussed some of his recent legislation. “These (bills) are just one small step for water policy toward one large deliverable of how we do water policy in California.”

June 20, 2016

By George Skelton

If California applied the sales tax to Dodgers tickets and other sporting events, it could raise $320 million a year.

And why would the state do that? To lower the overall sales tax rate, rely less on the roller-coaster income taxes of rich people and overhaul California’s rickety, archaic revenue system. Lift it out of the mid-20th century and into the 21st.

It would have to do much more, of course, than merely tax spectator sports.

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