Valley News & RFK at Valley State College (CSUN)

July 8, 2021

July 8, 2021

I hope you and yours enjoyed commemorating Independence Day. I was thrilled to join the Valley Village Residents’ Association for their annual 4th of July food drive and parade. The spirit of the San Fernando Valley is neighbors helping neighbors.  Valley Village’s event reflects this sense of contributing to the community.






While participating in the combined car parade and food drive, I reflected on what Independence Day means. Two hundred and forty five years ago, our nation's founders expressed the revolutionary ideas that formed the basis for our country. Many people were then, and remain, excluded from the equality proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence. Let us strive to ensure liberty and justice for ALL.

As you know, my duty, and honor, is to serve you in the district and at the State Capitol. This is the time of year, in Sacramento, when we negotiate and pass the State Budget. Last week, I reported about some of the funding that we secured for organizations doing vital work throughout the San Fernando Valley. This year’s Budget also invests record-level funding to address our homelessness crisis, earmarks money for Cal Trans clean ups of our freeway on-ramps and off-ramps, and prioritizes increasing childcare access. Tackling these issues head-on is at the core of improving our quality of life here in the San Fernando Valley.

I am so proud of the work we did to create a responsible budget that serves today's needs, and provides a foundation for future generations of Californians. Please take a moment to hear my statement about this historic agreement.

As a special treat this week, we look back on Valley history to the day Bobby Kennedy spoke at Valley State College (CSUN.) Scroll down to read about the event and for a link to the audio of the speech.

Let me know what is on your mind. Reach out to me on FacebookTwitter, my email, or call my office at 818-901-5588.

Stay safe and be well,

Bob Hertzberg



As the COVID-19 Delta variant is rapidly spreading, L.A. County urges everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask indoors. Here are some things you should know about the Delta Variant. Research indicates that this variant may be twice as infectious as the original COVID-19 virus, and is now the dominant strain for newly reported infections

Fully vaccinated individuals are less likely to contract the Delta variant than the partially vaccinated or unvaccinated. In addition, if the fully vaccinated do become infected, they are far less likely to become seriously ill or require hospitalization. However, those who have only received one dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or remain unvaccinated, are vulnerable. The Public Health Director urges indoor masking to protect you and those who are immunocompromised or too young to be able to receive the jab. For more information on L.A. County Public Health mask guidance, in light of the Delta variant, please click here.


Recent heat waves prompted California's power grid operator to urge residents to conserve power. While we have not experienced a “heat dome” like the one last week in the Pacific Northwest, forecasters anticipate a very hot summer in our region. High temperatures increase demand for electricity. This could strain the state's power grid, prompting officials to issue a Flex Alert -- a call for consumers to reduce electricity use during peak hours. Public health officials remind residents to hydrate and stay cool to avoid heat-related illness, especially for seniors, young children, those who work outdoors and people with certain health conditions. Via our social media accounts, we will notify you of any Flex Alerts or other extreme heat-related matters, including the locations of cooling centers. So, please follow Team Hertzberg on Twitter and Facebook.


Congratulations to the Dodgers who were honored last week at the White House for winning the 2020 World Series. Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts presented personalized team jerseys to President Biden and Vice-President Harris. Mayor Garcetti also attended the ceremony. The Dodgers were in DC for a four-game series with the Nationals. Our Boys in Blue swept the Nats and climbed to the top of the NL West.

As President Biden stated, not only are the Dodgers baseball champs, but they stepped up to the plate during the pandemic, offering the stadium as a mass testing and vaccination site, and voting center. They are championship partners in our community. In case you missed the fun celebration, the White House posted a video. Take a moment to enjoy our hometown team.


The Los Angeles Public Library’s Explore L.A. program restarted last week. The program enables L.A. residents older than 18, with an LAPL card in good standing, to make free or low-cost reservations, for individuals and families, at participating museums. These venues include the Broad, Craft Contemporary, the Hammer Museum, the La Brea Tar Pits, La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes, and the Natural History Museum. A patron can make up to two reservations, as far as three months in advance. All passes are first come - first served, and are released at the beginning of each month. Click here to check for passes and make a reservation


On July 1, the L.A. City Planning Department released a draft of the Housing Element of the General Plan, also called “The Plan to House L.A.,” which aims to add nearly 500,000 housing units during the next eight years. The goal is for more than 200,000 of those units to be reserved for lower-income residents. The plan seeks to address the housing shortage in part by recommending ambitious re-zonings that would result in more than 200,000 new housing units within three years of the plan's adoption. The Plan to House L.A. sets new citywide strategies to achieve equitable access to affordable housing units, especially for those with disabilities, large families, and older adults. Before advancing the plan through the adoption process, City Planning will hold outreach events to collect additional community input. After the City Planning Commission considers the final recommendations, the proposal will advance to the City Council for adoption later this fall. Read the draft of the Plan to House L.A. here. The public can comment on the draft by emailing


The Red Cross is asking healthy residents to donate blood to fight the ongoing blood shortage. This nationwide struggle has inhibited the ability of hospitals to perform surgeries and respond to traumas. As an incentive, anyone who donates blood from July 7-31 will receive an Amazon gift card and the chance to win free gas for an entire year. Schedule an appointment at, or call 1-800-733-2767. Here is a list of upcoming blood drives in the Valley:

  • 7/8/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes, 18400 Kinzie Street (Northridge)
  • 7/8/2021: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15555 Saticoy (Van Nuys)
  • 7/8/2021: 10:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave (Woodland Hills)
  • 7/9/2021: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave (Woodland Hills)
  • 7/10/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave (Woodland Hills)
  • 7/11/2021: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., St John Eudes Catholic Church, 9901 Mason Avenue (Chatsworth)
  • 7/11/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave (Woodland Hills)
  • 7/12/2021: 12:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave (Woodland Hills)
  • 7/13/2021: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department, 10250 Etiwanda Ave (Northridge)
  • 7/13/2021: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department, 10250 Etiwanda Ave (Northridge)
  • 7/13/2021: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Mission Community Hospital, 14860 Roscoe Blvd. (Panorama City)
  • 7/13/2021: 12:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave (Woodland Hills)
  • 7/14/2021: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Westfield, 14006 Riverside Dr (Sherman Oaks)
  • 7/14/2021: 12:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave (Woodland Hills)



L.A. County Library has begun its annual Lunch at the Library program, an effort dedicated to providing free grab-and-go meals to kids and teens, 18 and younger, throughout the summer. This year, two healthy meals (breakfast and lunch) will be available daily. Meals are available for contactless pickup on a first come - first served basis at select libraries now through Aug. 6. The San Fernando Library is participating Monday - Friday, from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Please click here to see a full list of participating libraries and their respective schedules. 

The City of Los Angeles operates a similar program at parks throughout the City. Now through Aug. 9, Department of Recreation & Parks will offer FREE Grab & Go lunches to kids & teens at over 80 parks in Los Angeles.

  • Meals are FREE to children and teens ages 1-18.
    • Persons with disabilities, 19 years and older, can also participate, as long as they are enrolled in a special school district program during the school year.
  • Parents may pick-up meals for their children.
  • Meals are to go only and must be eaten off-site.
  • One lunch per child.
  • No application or proof of income is needed.
  • Food served on first come - first served basis.
  • All recipients must practice social distancing and wear a mask to receive a lunch.

For more information, please click here.



The City of Burbank and the Burbank Chamber of Commerce have collaborated to launch the restaurant recovery program called “Chow Down Burbank!” This 90-day program, which began on June 28, promotes local restaurant recovery from the impact of the pandemic. They plan to use social media, daily updates, and monthly prizes to encourage customers to eat at local restaurants. If you decide to visit the local restaurants, take photos and post them using the hashtag #ChowDownBurbank for an opportunity to win the monthly prizes, which include tickets to sporting events, hotel stays, and more. If you are a local restaurant owner and wish to participate, you can easily apply on their website, using their comprehensive four-step application. Please visit Chow Down Burbank to learn more, enter the contest, or sign up as a restaurant owner. To stay updated on events and restaurants, you can follow them on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook @chowdownburbank.


The Panorama Tower, located on Van Nuys Blvd. and Titus St. in Panorama City, reopened last week 27 years after its closure in 1994. The Northridge Earthquake heavily damaged the building. It underwent major repairs and is now the latest housing development in the area, offering nearly 200 apartments. It is walking distance to The Plant, and it represents growing residential options in the Panorama City area.




Fifty-three years ago, the San Fernando Valley was home to about half as many people as it is today. The economic driver and lynchpin of our community, Cal State University Northridge (CSUN), was neither a Cal State, nor a university. From 1958 through 1972 the name of the institution of higher learning in Northridge was Valley State College.  Originally, the campus was a satellite of Los Angeles State College (now Cal State LA.) When Valley State opened, Northridge was a distant, rural outpost, largely made up of ranches and farms.  By the 1960s, developers were beginning to build tract homes in subdivisions of Northridge. Even then, density was low. On the 9500 block of Babbitt Avenue, a solitary house stood from 1967 until the mid-1970s, when the street was fully developed.

Despite the relative remoteness of the campus, during the 1960s, Valley State College attracted many high-profile guests - Lyndon Johnson, Nelson Rockefeller, Hubert Humphrey, William F. Buckley, Eugene McCarthy, Janis Joplin and Bobby Kennedy.


According to a front-page story in The Daily Sundial, a crowd of 10,000 turned out to see Bobby Kennedy on March 25, 1968. Kennedy was running for President of the United States - challenging President Johnson, who would announce six days later that he would not seek re-election. The country was embroiled in the Vietnam War.  Ten days after Kennedy’s speech in Northridge, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be assassinated.  Kennedy had about eight weeks left to live.

Despite the turbulent times, The Daily Sundial reported that the crowd was peaceful, even though some attendees carried pro-Nixon signs. The longtime California State Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh introduced Kennedy to the enthusiastic audience.

Kennedy addressed the Vietnam issue head-on.  According to The Daily Sundial, Kennedy said, “Throw away false hopes of military conquest in Vietnam, which have long been promised but will never be achieved.”  If you would like to hear Kennedy speaking that day at Valley State College, Internet Archive has the sound check from Pacifica Radio of the speech.


I appreciate hearing from you. If you have a specific question or concern or story about the Valley to share, please click here to send me an email or call my office at (818) 901-5588. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.