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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


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


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


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.

June 17, 2016

What if you had $120 billion for a transportation plan but didn’t include the largest college campus in your area?

That’s what state senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, is concerned about in the San Fernando Valley. He issued a call for the Los Angeles County Metro Board to consider amending its plan for a proposed sales tax measure that’s scheduled to be placed on the November ballot. The board is going to make a final decision on June 23, but it’s not too late.

May 5, 2016

By Bob Hertzberg, Jim Heerwagen, Kathay Feng and Rob Lapsley

Californians face a presidential election year with a ballot full of important decisions to make. Timely information and transparency will be essential to making good decisions, but one key tool, the state’s official website responsible for tracking campaign contributions, is outdated and starting to break down just as we enter our election season.

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