Press Release

Hertzberg Applauds Cap-and-Trade Extension, Tackling Air Pollution at Local Level

Says air pollution and greenhouse gases know no boundaries or political parties, must be reduced to protect the planet

July 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, who is chairman of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water and co-author of AB 398 and AB 617, issued the following statement today:

“Air pollution and greenhouse gases know no boundaries. I am proud to be a co-author of these two important measures that solidify California as a world leader in tackling the greatest threats that confront mankind in the 21st century.

“California’s pioneering air quality efforts began in the 1960’s after growing smog choked Los Angeles, created a massive public health problem and jeopardized the future of Southern California. This state went on to become a national leader in monitoring and improving air quality, establishing regulations that have been copied across the globe.

“Today, AB 398 and AB 617 represent the continuation of California’s legacy to find progressive and creative solutions to safeguard the environment and protect our neighborhoods and air. Today, I am proud to be a Californian, and proud to be a Los Angeleno, and I know other states and nations will follow suit.”


Bob Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, 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 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. Learn more at

Communications Director
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Capitol Building, Room 4038
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4018

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