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Senate Bill 405 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg is cited.

October 28, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The state attorney general’s office warned California consumers Wednesday
about debt collectors giving misleading information about a new traffic fine amnesty program.

Attorney General Kamala Harris said the warning was prompted by complaints about debt agencies that
contract with counties to collect the unpaid fines.

By Dana Bartholomew

October 26, 2015

VAN NUYS >> Their motto said, “It’s our turn: Ahora Nosotros!”

For the San Fernando Valley leaders who turned out for a Transportation Summit in Van Nuys on Monday hoping to wring more Valley rail projects out of a proposed 1-cent sales tax for public transit, they meant it.

“This is a golden opportunity for transportation in the San Fernando Valley,” said Los Angeles Councilman Paul Krekorian, who represents a traffic-clogged district from North Hollywood to Van Nuys. “The Valley must be part of a systemized (transit) plan.

Summit is hosted by Sen. Bob Hertzberg

October 26, 2015

By Dana Bartholomew

NORTHRIDGE >> Five days a week, Cal State Northridge freshman Brayan Ramirez heads out before dawn for a three-hour bus-and-rail commute from South Los Angeles to the San Fernando Valley.

It’s a twice-a-day journey along two bus routes, one rail line and a jog along the Orange Line busway — a trip filled with business and finance studies, Pandora tunes or reading “How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe.”

Sen. Bob Hertzberg scheduled to speak

October 21, 2015

Two California state representatives plan to visit and chat with citizens of Studio City when the come to the neighborhood council meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. State Assembly member Adrin Nazarian and State Senator Bob Hertzberg are both scheduled to speak and take questions at the Studio City Neighborhood Council’s Board meeting, which is one of the most active neighborhood councils in all of Los Angeles.

Studio City Neighborhood Council president John Walker said, "This is a very unique opportunity. Please come prepared with your questions."

By Sal Rodriquez, columnist

October 21, 2015

California has made notable prison reforms since the 2011 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Plata that the persistent overcrowding in California prisons amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. But much more work remains to be done.

Legislative wrap up by Phillip Ung and Caitlin Maple

October 21, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown has cleared his desk of hundreds of bills sent to him by the Legislature. In total, the Governor signed 808 bills and vetoed 133 bills. Among the approved bills were victories that hold true to the values and legislative priorities of California Forward’s Partnership for Public Accountability.

By the Editorial Board

October 20, 2015

Your personal income tax return presents a superb opportunity for others to raise funds — both the government, which demands every tax dollar you owe, and the do-gooders behind those voluntary checkoff boxes for you to contribute to various causes.

This year, The Associated Press investigated California’s tax-return checkoff donation system and discovered something truly shocking.

Nearly $10 million of the $35 million in charitable donations by California taxpayers was languishing unspent in government accounts at the end of 2014.

Tickets issued before Jan. 1, 2013 may be eligible for a fine reduction.

October 16, 2015

By Emily Sawicki /

As of Oct. 1, those pesky traffic tickets from 2013 you still haven’t paid off are going to make a much smaller dent in your finances — assuming you haven’t made a payment since Sept. 30.

Bills lowering traffic fines, protecting water supplies and helping workers signed into law

October 13, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Making the traffic-fine process fairer, protecting California water supplies and providing incentives for attorneys to perform legal help for working residents are among the proposals by Sen. Bob Hertzberg that were signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

“Gov. Brown has a been a terrific partner and I am thrilled to see my bills to improve life for Californians become law,” said Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys.

By Timm Herdt

October 11, 2015

With the onset of the Great Recession in 2008, the attorneys at legal aid clinics that serve low-income Californians began discovering that something very troubling was happening with traffic tickets.

More than rent disputes, domestic violence issues or other legal matters, people were coming through their doors asking for help in dealing with traffic tickets they couldn’t afford to pay.

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