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November 2, 2020

Two years ago, Cape Town, South Africa, a city of 4 million people, informed its shocked citizens that the city was just a few months away from running out of water due to drought. It was a wake-up call for all of us to become much better stewards of our own water. Luckily, for Cape Towners, innovative water conservation and efficiency measures, smarter data use, expanded water storage, and help from Mother Nature all combined to help them avoid a major water shut off.

August 8, 2020

During this unprecedented national reckoning, it is up to us now to seize this moment, at the very time we are in the midst of a world pandemic, to make real and meaningful improvements for communities that have been severely neglected for far too long.

This is why I introduced Senate Bill 369 to establish the California Reentry Commission.

July 27, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Key working groups from both houses of the California State Legislature are prioritizing economic recovery in the final weeks of session and have developed a joint $100 billion stimulus plan, building upon the successful collaboration that led to a balanced state budget addressing the $54 billion deficit.

April 13, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) released the following statement today regarding the emergency decision approved by the Judicial Council to temporarily set the statewide bail schedule at $0 for most misdemeanors;

February 19, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) released the following statement today in response to Governor Gavin Newsom delivering his 2020 State of the State Address:

February 11, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) today introduced legislation that would help ensure safe, clean, and affordable drinking water for vulnerable communities at risk of being impacted when the next drought hits.

During the 2012-2016 drought, almost 12,000 Californians ran out of water. That historic drought served as an alarming indicator of California’s warmer future, and we expect droughts to continue to increase in severity and frequency, especially in rural communities throughout California, including the hard-hit Central Valley. 

February 11, 2020

SACRAMENTO — Today, Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) introduced SB 960 with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) and the California Low-Income Consumer Coalition (CLICC). SB 960 will make it clear that consumer financial protection laws apply to all bail and immigration bond companies.

January 29, 2020

SACRAMENTO – See below for Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg's (D-Van Nuys) statement on the Senate Floor regarding his vote against Senate Bill 50, which failed to pass on the Senate Floor before the January 31 deadline:

January 4, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) announced today that he has appointed Drew Liebert, whose public service career of over 25 years in the California Legislature includes 18 years as chief counsel of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, as his new chief of staff.

October 17, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) today released the following statement in response to the announcement that the state has launched the nation's first statewide Earthquake Early Warning System: