Heart of the Valley: I Am Furious -- SCOTUS Draft Roe v. Wade Reversal

May 6, 2022

May 6, 2022

I am furious that the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) plans to reverse Roe v. Wade. While we have long known that this was a possibility, the stark reality of seeing a draft decision that takes away the healthcare rights of women is horrifying.  Make no mistake abortion is healthcare. Patients and the doctors who they trust should make medical decisions, unfettered by outsiders.

If the Supreme Court adopts this draft decision, the right to abortion will devolve to the states.  Many states have so-called “trigger laws” that will restrict abortion rights as soon as Roe v. Wade is reversed. Other states are rushing to pass laws to restrict or eliminate abortions. Estimates are that 26 states will ban or severely limit abortion access.

In California, we have long supported a woman’s right to choose. Abortion was legal in our state beginning a few years prior to Roe v. Wade and will continue to be legal after a SCOTUS reversal.  Nonetheless, the Governor and legislature are working to strengthen those rights, and eliminate remaining barriers.  While California will protect women’s reproductive healthcare rights, it is unconscionable that access to necessary care may depend on state boundaries.  We are one nation, and all women in our country should have the same rights, regardless of where they live.

Earlier this week, I participated in a rally for reproductive rights outside of Sacramento’s Robert T. Matsui Courthouse. This was one of countless protests happening across the country in response to the SCOTUS draft decision. We are channeling our shock and sadness into action; standing up to protect civil rights. We must continue to fight to make our message clear: the repeal of Roe v. Wade is NOT acceptable. We must fight to protect the freedom of choice and the cherished right to privacy.

Not only is the right to abortion at stake, but so are any past SCOTUS rulings based on the right to privacy and fundamental constitutional rights.  These potentially include the rights to contraception, interracial marriage, and same sex marriage, among other rights we hold dear. For those of us who belief in the civil rights of all Americans, from coast to coast, these are scary times.  We must do all that we can to protect our rights and those of our neighbors, friends and loved ones.

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Bob Hertzberg




Like many cities around the world, the City of San Fernando is recovering from COVID-19 related economic hardships. The city would like your input about how to best move forward with various initiatives. The ideas range from adding WIFI in parks to maintaining outdoor dining. Please complete the survey to help directly impact the future of the City of San Fernando. You can find the survey here.


The Safe Clean Water Program is collaborating with multiple LA County Watershed Coordinators to hold a virtual symposium regarding how local schools can be prime locations for greening and stormwater capture projects. Panelists will discuss how these projects are beneficial for students, their families, and the community, as well as describing case studies, their designs and implementation. They will also address liability concerns, and the process of building these projects on the campuses. The webinar is on May 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Register for the meeting here.


Las Palmas Park has received a $4.2 million grant to revitalize the California Department of Parks and Recreation. The initial plans aim to make many new additions and upgrades throughout the park. In order to make sure the park is reflective of the community's wants and needs, there will be a focus group meeting on May 14. The session will run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The address is 505 S. Huntington St., 91340. Please help provide the valuable input needed to make Las Palmas Park the best version of itself.


The City of San Fernando will host a community clean-up with TreePeople, Team Hertzberg and Assemblywoman Rivas’ office on May 14, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Pacoima Wash Natural Park (801 Eighth St.). More information and registration is available here.




On May 14, there will be a Saturday Book party at the San Fernando Library. This event is targeted toward ages 5-12, and will feature a reading of the book “Saturday” by Oge Mora. After the reading, there will be various activities to make for a magical Saturday. This event will be from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Spots will be limited for this event. In order to secure a spot, register here beginning at 3:00 p.m. on May 7.


Heaven on Earth, a North Hollywood non-profit animal sanctuary, is holding an Open House on May 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Perry’s Place (7342 Fulton Avenue). The event will feature cats helped by the organization, and offers refreshments, music, and raffle prizes. RSVP at this link.


The Los Angeles Fire Department is holding a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training in North Hollywood on May 10 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CERT is a program that trains residents to be disaster first responders. The training will explain how to extinguish small fires, administer first aid, follow proper evacuation techniques, recognize and utilize search tactics, and communicate by radio, among many other skills. Anyone in good health can become a part of CERT. RSVP for the training by clicking this link.


The Downtown Burbank Art Festival returns on May 14 and 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This art festival is open to the public and is free to all those interested in attending. There will be a wide range of Southern California artists sharing their work. The Downtown Burbank Art Festival hosts more than a hundred different local artists. For additional details, visit the city of Burbank website or click here.


Burbank in Focus is hosting Scan Day at the Burbank Central Library. This event will take place on May 7 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This will be an opportunity for Burbank Library guests to scan up to 20 photos for digital preservation. Those who are interested are required to bring their own flash drive and must schedule a 30-minute time slot online. Additionally, if any Burbank residents have any historical photos of Burbank, the Burbank in Focus Office will provide you with a free flash drive for all your scanned photos related to Burbank’s history for their local archive. If interested, click here to register or email burbankinfocus@burbankca.gov for more information.


The City of Burbank Library will be hosting its monthly Opera Talk on May 10 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Burbank Central Library. This is a fantastic opportunity for Burbank residents interested in learning more about opera from professionals and experts in the LA opera community. They will also be discussing upcoming shows in the area and will be providing insight into what it is like being an opera performer. If interested in learning more about opera, make sure to register online, or click here to learn more.


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