Bob’s new laws, pet fees waived – for now, COVID dips & MORE

October 7, 2022

Hello neighbors.

Increased gun safety, reduced energy costs, better mental and physical health for unhoused individuals and expanded ways to fight climate change are among my proposals that Gov. Newsom signed into law by last Friday’s deadline.

Other successful measures during my final term in the Senate include toughening indoor water-quality standards and promoting ways low-income residents can obtain health coverage. 

Because Californians demand safer streets, a healthier environment, better schools and easier access to health insurance for working families, I’m gratified to end my legislative career as I began: Working tirelessly on behalf of Californians seeking an improved quality of life.

Here, in bill-number order, are summaries of my top 2022 legislative accomplishments:

SB 529 – Streamlining Transmission Construction

This measure will speed up construction of key electrical transmission lines and promote clean energy to fight climate change.

SB 774 – Emotional Support Dogs

This law will allow homeless persons to have their pet accompany them when admitted to a state-funded shelter program.

SB 786 – Blockchain Technology

Counties may now provide vital records via blockchain technology, a secure and highly convenient process allowing the average person to access their vital records.

SB 891 – Stormwater Permits

This pro-environment bill improves the state’s management of water runoffs by closing loopholes in existing law to bring businesses into compliance and improve water quality.

SB 903 – CDCR Reporting on Homelessness

This legislation addresses efforts by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to tackle the housing needs of persons recently released from its custody, including individuals with serious mental health needs.

SB 967 – Access to Health Care

This pro-patient measure allows taxpayers to indicate on their annual tax returns if they want additional information on their low-cost health care options. 

SB 973 – State Supplemental Payments

Residents of modest means will receive greater financial support under this plan to streamline payments and cut bureaucracy in California’s State Supplemental Income Program.  

SB 989 – Property Taxation

This new law will prevent unintended tax increases when homeowners move, whether they are seniors, disabled or forced to relocate because of a natural disaster.

SB 1157 – Indoor Water Use Standards

Supported by state and national environmental groups, SB 1157 builds on California’s success in increasing water efficiency by updating indoor residential water use standards.

SB 1174 – Clean Power Infrastructure

Supported by the Environmental Defense Fund as well as the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and many others, this environmentally friendly law directs state energy agencies to enhance transmission planning to provide the clean power California is depending on to achieve its goal of shifting to 100 percent clean energy by 2045.

SB 1254 – Clean Drinking Water

This removes barriers to providing safe drinking water to all Californians, including about 1 million Californians who currently lack access.

SB 1327 – Gun Safety

This first-in-the-nation law will help end gun violence by allowing private citizens to sue those who provide certain dangerous firearms.


SB 1340 – Solar Property Tax Reform

This environmentally friendly bill will reform taxes related to construction of new active solar energy systems to help ensure more green energy projects are built in our state.

My other successes this year include obtaining $150 million toward making greener schools statewide and, as cited in several recent Heart of the Valley editions, obtained $24 million to help fund several San Fernando Valley programs and community groups.

For additional news you can use, scroll down to read about free pet licenses and adoptions, the dip in COVID infections and MORE.

Now tell me what is on your mind. Reach out via FacebookTwitter, Instagram and my email, or call my office at (818) 901-5588.

Be well, stay safe and remember we are all in this together.


Bob Hertzberg

 



VALLEY NEWS

(PHOTO CREDIT: LA County Animal Care and Control)

FREE PET LICENSES, ADOPTION-FEE WAIVERS ALMOST OVER

The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control reminds residents that pet adoption fees and licenses are waived until Oct. 31 for residents of the City of San Fernando and Hidden Hills. To access pet records to see if the licenses are current, click HERE or call (562) 345-0400, or email DACC at licensing@animalcare.lacounty.gov.

(PHOTO CREDIT: California Grants Portal)

JEWISH NONPROFITS ELIGIBLE FOR UP TO $200K FOR SECURITY

The California Nonprofit Security Grant Program has secured $50 million in state funding to help Jewish non-profit organizations with security enhancements. Eligible groups may receive up to $200,000, and the deadline to conduct a security assessment and apply for a grant is 5 p.m. on Oct. 28. Application documents can be found HERE and must be submitted before the deadline to CSNSGP@CalOES.ca.gov

(PHOTO CREDIT: LA County Health Services)

LOS ANGELES AREA COVID CASES CONTINUE TO DECLINE

The number of daily COVID-19-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals dropped below 500 this week, a significant decrease from the previous week. Regulations and guidelines are becoming more lax as cases decline but officials still encourage residents to get vaccinated and minimize exposure risk by mask wearing and attending only outdoor activities. More HERE.

(PHOTO CREDIT: LAUSD)

LAUSD BOARD MOVES TO REQUIRE MORE GREEN SPACE ON CAMPUSES

Because asphalt playgrounds with no shade exacerbate extreme heat, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education just approved a resolution that will require all campuses to have a minimum of 30 percent green space by 2035. This welcome news follows Sen. Bob Hertzberg’s successful efforts this year to acquire $150 million in new state funding for greener schools. Tree canopies, plants and outdoor learning spaces are among some of the features that will be added to these playgrounds to create safer environments for students. The district has stated that they will prioritize green space on campuses that have the highest percentage of asphalt.

(PHOTO CREDIT: Grainger.com)

LA NEIGHBORHOOD SPEED HUMP PROGRAM TO RESUME

Starting yesterday, Oct. 6, Los Angeles residents can once again apply to have speed humps installed in their neighborhoods through the Neighborhood Speed Hump Program. Officials are accepting new applications thanks to new funding that allows the department to complete existing projects and start new ones. After residents apply, the LA Department of Transportation will conduct a technical review to ensure the street is eligible. Factors to consider include the speed limit, incline, width and drainage conditions on a street. Submit an application HERE

(PHOTO CREDIT: Caltrans)

SYLMAR’S I-210 ROXFORD STREET RAMPS CLOSED UP TO 45 DAYS

The California Department of Transportation has closed westbound Interstate 210 Roxford Street on- and off-ramps in Sylmar for up to 45 days to complete repaving work. Residents and local businesses located near the freeway may experience noise, vibrations and dust associated with construction activities.

The closure of the ramps will allow provide additional room for crews to pave the far-right lane. This is the last scheduled long-term ramp closure for the project.

Motorists are advised to use as an alternate route during the closure. All closures are weather permitting and subject to change. Drivers are encouraged to check traffic conditions before leaving to their destination by visiting the Caltrans QuickMap.

(PHOTO CREDIT: Home Depot)

GRANADA HILLS HOME DEPOT PROJECT IS PENDING

Representatives of the Home Depot Corp. have filed an application with LA City Planning Department to build a new Home Depot at North Hills Center, 16830 Devonshire Street, Granada Hills. Public hearings are pending. If approved, the store would be 136,000 square feet and replace the local Regency Theatre, as well as several other stores west of it. More HERE.

REMEMBER, WE ARE A TEAM

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