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California gives drivers a break with new amnesty program

October 7, 2015

Poorest will be able to pay fines, get driving privileges back


October 6, 2015

The San Fernando Valley’s effort to win its fair share of the next round of public transportation project funding will really rev up in October.

SB 621 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg cited.

October 5, 2015

By Brenda Gazzar

Among the criminal justice bills Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law over the weekend are a data collection bill intended to combat racial profiling and another that aims to reduce recidivism among people with mental illness.

Senate Bill 405 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg is cited.

October 2, 2015

By Chris Nichols

Fighting a traffic ticket in California will be easier under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

By Sen. Bob Hertzberg

October 2, 2015

If ever there was a time to think big about water that time is now.

Remember the energy crisis of the early 2000s? That’s when dwindling energy supplies caused skyrocketing prices and Californians suffered, both in their wallets and quality of life. We got through that crisis with conservation and building a sustainable, renewable, energy system.

Whether El Niño deposits its gift this winter, we have now seen scarcity’s path. Relying on captured water won’t produce nearly as much as we’ve saved this summer through vigilance alone.

October 1, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California is instituting an amnesty program for residents who can't afford to pay off spiraling traffic fines and court fees that have led to millions of driver's licenses being suspended.

October 1, 2015

By Dennis Romero

The unjust system of paying for failure to appear tickets before you have a chance to contest them is officially over.


Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed a bill by state Sen. Bob Hertzberg of Van Nuys that says, in most cases, you can contest a "failure to appear" or "failure to pay" ticket without paying the usual bail, fines, penalties, and assessments that make this such a racket.

October 1, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Wednesday allowing drivers with traffic violations that were due to be paid before January 1, 2013, to schedule a court appearance even without paying the attendant fines and traffic penalties.

Eligible motorists can get fines and penalties reduced by 50 or 80 percent, depending on income, on past-due tickets.

October 1, 2015

Under an amnesty program that begins Thursday, Oct. 1, people with unpaid traffic tickets may be eligible to have the amount of money they owe reduced.

Gov. Jerry Brown pushed the program as a way to help those can’t afford to pay off spiraling traffic fines and have had their licenses suspended as a result. It will be in effect for 18 months, ending March 31, 2017.

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