Heart of The Valley

Masking, Van Nuys Airport, SPF-Recall & Valley Olympians

July 22, 2021

I believe in telling it straight.  I am as disappointed as you are that we must resume wearing masks indoors, even if fully vaccinated.  However, it is the correct call by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.  Case numbers are up and the highly contagious Delta variant is now the dominant strain. Masking indoors is the least restrictive means to tamp down on further infections.  I know some of you are irritated that you followed the rules and got vaccinated, to ensure a return to ”normal” life, and feel “penalized” due to people who have refused the jab. I understand your emotions. 

Heart of The Valley

Breaking budget news and Valley Girls in Outer Space

July 15, 2021

I created a San Fernando Valley Wall of Fame in my office, dedicated to people from the Valley who have made their mark. Many are famous faces from the entertainment industry, such as Robert Redford, Marilyn Monroe, Paula Abdul and Ritchie Valens.  Others include a group of graffiti busters, a young student who created a COVID-19 memory quilt, and two deaf women who launched a podcast for the hearing impaired. 

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Valley News & RFK at Valley State College (CSUN)

July 8, 2021

I hope you and yours enjoyed commemorating Independence Day. I was thrilled to join the Valley Village Residents’ Association for their annual 4th of July food drive and parade. The spirit of the San Fernando Valley is neighbors helping neighbors.  Valley Village’s event reflects this sense of contributing to the community.

Heart of The Valley

Rent Relief, Advanced Tax Credits and more Valley News

July 1, 2021

As we approach the Fourth of July, we have a lot to celebrate. I am looking forward to enjoying barbeque with vaccinated friends and family, after a long year plus of hunkering down and avoiding gatherings.  We are celebrating our nation’s birthday, along with our relative freedom from the scourge of COVID.  For those who are still suffering from the economic harms of the pandemic, help is on the horizon. Among other programs, the local and state governments have extended eviction moratoriums, with the State paying back rent. In addition, starting July 15, most families with minor children will receive a monthly federal child tax credit.


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May 20, 2021


About Senator Hertzberg

Senator Bob Hertzberg

Senate Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg was first elected to the California State Assembly in 1996.  He then served as the 64thSpeaker of the California State Assembly, unanimously elected by both parties in 2000 and 2001.

After his tenure as Speaker, Hertzberg set out to the private sector as a clean energy entrepreneur and in 2014, he returned to state government when he was again elected to represent nearly 1 million people in the San Fernando Valley in the California State Senate. This made Hertzberg one of only six lawmakers in California history to serve as Assembly Speaker and subsequently win a seat in the Senate, where he now serves as Majority Leader.

Sacramento columnist, he is “an intense bundle of energy, an all-night negotiator.”

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