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March 10, 2015

More than 12 years after representing the San Fernando Valley as Speaker of the California Assembly, Bob Hertzberg has returned to the state Legislature as the senator representing the recently redrawn 18th Senate District. 

March 5, 2015

SACRAMENTO (SDJW)–State Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) delivered the daily invocation in the Senate chambers on Thursday, March 5, marking the holiday of Purim.  Hertzberg summarized the story of Purim from the Book of Esther and had hamantaschen distributed to each of his 39 Senate colleagues.  He also praised Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego), chair of the Legislature’s Jewish Caucus for successfully sponsoring a resolution last week, condemning the defilement of an Israeli flag with a swastika.

March 4, 2015

A bill introduced in the California Senate would expand the ability of commercial and industrial electricity customers to buy renewable energy directly from independent suppliers instead of through major utilities

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter

March 3, 2015

The biggest electricity users in California could buy power from a seller other than one of the three big utilities under legislation offered yesterday that was framed as a way to expand renewable energy.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg: "The number of businesses on the both sides has grown tremendously, particularly the Chinese businesses investing in America and California."

March 2, 2015

By Lia Zhu and Chang Jun in San Francisco(China Daily USA)

Scholars, government officials and company executives from China and the US got together Feb 26 and put their heads together at a three-day conference on how to better tap into the potential for China-US economic cooperation.

Lawmakers hold hearing on stormwater retention projects

February 26, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —California is letting billions of gallons of perfectly good water wash down its storm drains and out to sea.

That was the take-away lesson from a hearing at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

The Senate Governance and Finance Committee and the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee held a joint hearing on the potential for stormwater savings projects.

By Darla Givens

February 26, 2015

The drought took center stage in a committee room at the Capitol Wednesday.

The goal of the informational joint meeting -- with the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and the Senate Governance and Finance Committee -- was to explore innovative and cost-effective ways to fund projects to recapture and re-use rain water and dry weather runoff, rather than letting it flow into the ocean.

Governance and Finance Committee Chair Bob Hertzberg said there is about $200 million earmarked for projects.

February 25, 2015

To listen to Sen. Bob Hertzberg's interview, click on the link below. 

By Amy Quinton

February 24, 2015

Recycling stormwater runoff could help provide more water during the drought. 

Democratic Senator Bob Hertzberg says he believes such projects are more affordable than importing water from state and federal water projects.

“We spend so much money and have such environmental impact by moving water around the state, when right in front of our noses there’s a lot of opportunity to capture it," says Hertzberg.  "So we’re looking at best practices and trying to figure out new policies we can develop to make that happen,” he says.

February 23, 2015

By Sen. Robert Hertzberg

As the new Legislature settles in, students are protesting tuition increases while the state faces yet another funding crisis for higher education. This has set lawmakers abuzz about what tax plan should replace Gov. Jerry Brown's temporary increase that will soon wind down and that he vows not to renew.

This welcome debate should not once more be about cobbling together short-term measures. Instead, it ought to be about a vision of California and how that should shape our tax system, not vice versa.

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