Hertzberg Named Chair of Natural Resources and Water Committee
Hertzberg will also remain on the committees he has served since being elected to the Senate in 2014
SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León today announced that he has recommended appointing Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee as part of legislative assignments made for the 2017-18 session.
Hertzberg, who has worked for over 40 years on water issues, served as chair of the Governance and Finance Committee during the 2015-16 session. Under the plan announced by de León, Hertzberg will remain on that committee but no longer serve as its chair. De León’s recommendations must be approved by the Rules Committee to take effect.
“Water has been one of the central passions of my public policy work my entire adult life,” Hertzberg said. “In California, and in Los Angeles County, how we manage our water and environment is crucial to everything else we do. It is an honor and privilege to lead the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, which has played an important role in pioneering groundbreaking, progressive public policy that is emulated across the globe.”
The committee’s jurisdiction covers conservation and management of public resources, fish and wildlife, regulation of oil, mining, geothermal development, wetlands and lakes, global atmospheric effects, ocean and bay pollution, forestry practices, recreation, parks and historical resources.
“I thank Pro Tem de León for this assignment,” Hertzberg added, “and I will do my best to uphold the fine tradition established – and continue the amazing work done – by former Chair Sen. Fran Pavley, who is world-renowned for her efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global warming.”
Hertzberg has spent much of his career working on water and energy issues. Before returning to the Legislature in 2014, Hertzberg was a clean energy entrepreneur who won numerous international awards for his work.
One of the companies he co-founded won the Wall Street Journal Award for Innovation in 2005, and another won the World Bank Award for Lighting Africa for a project in Rwanda. In 2006, the UK’s Guardian Magazine named Hertzberg as one of the “50 People Who Could Save The Planet.”
Hertzberg previously served in the state Assembly, rising to become Assembly Speaker 2000-2002, before being termed out of office.
Hertzberg has pursued a range of measures designed to improve California’s management of its water, renewable energy and other resources since joining the Senate. He has pushed for capturing a greater portion of stormwater and recycled water, more wisely using renewable energy and cleaning up hazardous waste sites so they can be developed or turned into parks.
In the sixth year of a historic drought, California faces enormous pressure to conserve water and balance the needs of residents, farmers and the environment. Climate changes are expected to further strain the state’s water supplies in coming decades.
Hertzberg represents the San Fernando Valley, which is considered ideal for capturing and recycling water due to its soil structure and permeability. Millions of dollars have already been invested in Valley water projects and pilot programs that could serve as models for the rest of the state.
De León also recommended that Hertzberg serve on committees on Elections and Constitutional Amendments; Energy, Utilities and Communication; and Judiciary.
Bob Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, represents nearly 1 million San Fernando Valley residents of Senate District 18, which includes part of Burbank and the following communities in Los Angeles: Arleta, Granada Hills, Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, part of Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, part of Sun Valley, Sylmar, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, the City of San Fernando and Universal City. See a district map at http://sd18.senate.ca.gov/district. After serving in the Assembly from 1996-2002, including two years as Speaker, Hertzberg invested in solar, wind and electric-car projects; and worked for structural changes in government through the Think Long Committee of California. Learn more at www.senate.ca.gov/hertzberg.
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Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Capitol Building, Room 4038
Sacramento, CA 95814