Sen. Bob Hertzberg to talk on criminalizing the poor at ‘White House Convening’

Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C. Thursday, Dec. 3

December 2, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of groundbreaking efforts to help millions of working Californians fight skyrocketing fines for minor driving offenses, Sen. Bob Hertzberg has been invited to the White House Thursday to share his views regarding how justice systems often criminalize poverty.

Titled “White House Convening: A Cycle of Incarceration – Prison, Debt and Bail Practices,” the day-long event hosted by the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice includes leading members of President Obama’s Administration.

Hertzberg will be a member of a panel entitled “State and Local Perspectives: Defining the Problem and Highlighting Reforms” and review how the U.S. justice system too often criminalizes poverty, with particular focus on fines and bail.

Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys and the first former Assembly Speaker elected to the state Senate in 86 years, successfully pushed policies to help working families, strengthen the economy and increase public safety by making it easier for working Californians to live with rising costs for minor tickets.

His most recent win for workers came when Gov. Brown signed Senate Bill 405, an urgency measure that took effect Oct. 1 and guarantees Californians the right to challenge many routine traffic tickets without having to first pay the contested fines. Learn more about Hertzberg’s legislation HERE.

  • WHO: Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, members of the Obama Administration and numerous federal officials, state legislators, judges, advocates and academics.
  • WHAT/WHY: A discussion of criminal justice system practices that too often contribute to poverty.
  • WHEN: From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015.
  • WHERE: Eisenhower Executive Office Building, South Court Auditorium, 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.

SPECIAL NOTE: Reporters wanting to speak to Hertzberg before or after Thursday’s event can arrange an interview through Ray Sotero at the contact information below.

For more, visit Hertzberg’s Web site at the address below.

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 HERE or at  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. More HERE or at


Communications Director
Sen. Bob Hertzberg, Senate District 18
Capitol Building, Room 4038
Sacramento, Calif. 95814
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