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By Dana Bartholomew

November 6, 2015

AN NUYS >> When the first Orange Line buses rolled across the San Fernando Valley a decade ago, officials hoped they might pick up 5,000 passengers a day.

Within six months, the “train on rubber wheels” was ferrying four times that — a benchmark not expected until 2020. Ten years later, daily ridership has now hit nearly 30,000.

November 2, 2015


So you introduced a couple of big bills last session that would overhaul California’s tax and energy infrastructures, but they never went anywhere.

What better way to relaunch those efforts and bring your fellow lawmakers on board than to be able to attach “award-winning” to your ideas?

Sen. Bob Hertzberg's vision on taxes, energy cited by Carla Marinucci's daily briefing on politics and government in the Golden State

October 30, 2015


INNOVATION INSIDER: Two of State Senator Robert Hertzberg’s proposals to reform state taxation and energy policies were named finalists Thursday in a competition sponsored by a national group seeking innovative ideas for government.

A group called NewDEAL -- which stands for Developing Exceptional American Leaders -- whose honorary co-chairs are Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Virginia Senator Mark Warner -- Thursday announced the finalists of the group’s “2015 New Ideas Challenge.”

October 30, 2015

WORTH REPEATING "Also known as Mr. El Niño in the state Senate." Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, introducing the gregarious Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, at a Wednesday hearing on El Niño

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.

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