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By Bob Egelko

April 9, 2015

Unpaid traffic fines and mushrooming fees have left 4.2 million Californians with suspended driver’s licenses — more than one-sixth of the licenses issued statewide — with poor people the hardest-hit, according to a newly published study that criticizes policies that take drivers off the road because of debts they can’t pay.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg: Unpaid fines and suspended licenses linked to poverty trap

April 9, 2015

SB 405 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg would help.

April 8, 2015

By Lee Romney

Traffic-court fines layered with escalating fees and penalties have led to driver's license suspensions for 4.2 million Californians — or one in six drivers — pushing many low-income people deeper into poverty, a report released Wednesday by a coalition of legal aid groups found.

By Sharon Bernstein

April 8, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif.- Californians overdue in paying parking and traffic fines would get a break on escalating fees tacked on by the courts under a proposal introduced this week in the state legislature.

The bill by Democratic state Senator Robert Hertzberg of Los Angeles would allow the poorest Californians to pay only 20 percent of the fees due on their tickets, a major break as some quickly escalate to more than $800 if not paid promptly.

By Alexei Koseff

April 7, 2015

The controversial bill that would give terminally ill Californians access to lethal drugs passed its latest legislative hurdle Tuesday. On a party-line vote of 4-2, Democrats advanced SB 128 from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

By Sharon McNary/KPCC

April 6, 2015

Craig Davis's long quest to quake-proof the city's water system began at the epicenter of the 1994 Northridge earthquake. He experienced the early morning 6.8 magnitude shaker like most Angelenos did--in bed.

"The ground moved out from underneath me. When I fell, I landed on the floor, and the bed actually came back and hit me," Davis said. He was living in Santa Clarita at the time, and working in the geotechnical engineering division of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

By Civic Center Bureau Chief Max Schwartz

April 6, 2015

California State Sen. Robert Hertzberg, 18th District, called into The Hot Seat one day after Gov. Jerry Brown announced new water restrictions. Hertzberg said he is "glad that he [Brown] did it because it's a wake up call." The senator, who sits on the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, believes all of the water California does get should be captured before it reaches the ocean.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg: "What we really need to do in Southern California is change our thinking."

April 6, 2015

A day after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered drought-stricken cities to restrict water use for the first time in state history, Pierce College announced a plan to reflower its historic farm.

March 25, 2015

At the start of a fourth-straight year of drought, California state Sen. Bob Hertzberg has introduced a bill requiring regional water-management officials to report the vulnerability of their water systems to an earthquake.

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