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Hertzberg's one guy who's not afraid to talk about what's needed, even if unpopular.

December 18, 2014

By George Skelton
State Political Columnist

He's a freshman state senator showing no fear, no hesitation and seemingly no political sense. His first bill is a huge, historic tax hike.

Sen. Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), of course, is no ordinary babe-in-the-woods, backbench freshman.

He's a former Assembly speaker and lifelong political junkie who grooves on public policy.

A quake early warning system took a significant step forward with $5 million in funding from Congress

December 16, 2014

Earthquake early warning could start becoming available to the public in California as soon as two years, according to system coordinator Doug Given.

But there's a big prerequisite first, Given said: "full funding." It took a significant step forward over the weekend when Congress, for the first time, allocated federal funds for the system, $5 million.

By Joel Fox

December 3, 2014
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

While much attention has been paid to potential tax measures on the 2016 ballot, working in the background is an effort to overhaul the state’s tax system. The recently released Public Policy Institute of California poll shows how difficult a task that could be.

November 22, 2014

The first surprise on a tour of Bob Hertzberg's new house in Van Nuys is the ice cream parlor, with the former state Assembly speaker's nickname on a neon sign: "Huggy's Soda Fountain."

Next is a screening room with hot dog, cotton candy and popcorn machines, and then, in the garage, a shiny green 1958 Chevrolet Apache pickup truck.

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