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October 9, 2015

It’s a dirty secret on the part of law enforcement and the state itself. It’s a means of holding back certain segments of the population — do we dare say “immigrants” — by relegating them to effectively what was once called “Debtor’s Prison.”

Staff story

October 9, 2015

Long seen as a rite of passage for teenagers, a driver’s license represents far more than that to most Californians.

“A valid driver’s license is a vital link to employment, independence and long-term individual and family stability,” according to Yolo County Public Information Spokeswoman Beth Gabor. “For those with unpaid traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets, however, insurmountable court fines have led to the loss of the privilege to drive, leaving little realistic hope of ever climbing out of the abyss.”

By the Editorial Board

October 8, 2015

With its pointless punitive cycle of fines and late fees, California's traffic ticket system long has been a source of oppression for millions of motorists, burdening them with mounting debt they can't pay and depriving them of the driving privileges they need to remain employed.

It's a double-whammy that someone had to put the brakes on. Gov. Jerry Brown and Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, did just that with an amnesty program that launched last week.

California gives drivers a break with new amnesty program

October 7, 2015

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

BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD

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.

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