My TOP bills for end of session; I-210 ramps to close & MORE

August 5, 2022

Aug. 5, 2022

Hello neighbors.

Reducing energy costs through more efficient access, providing care for pets owned by the unhoused and promoting ways low-income residents can obtain health coverage are among the proposed laws I am pushing during the final month of this year’s legislative session, which resumed Monday.

My goal: Getting these measures approved and sent to the governor prior to the Legislature’s scheduled Aug. 31 adjournment.

Other key measures include toughening indoor water-quality standards, making it cheaper to transmit green energy and creating green jobs that fight climate change.

Like most Californians, I want a healthier environment and a brighter future. As you may know, I am nearing the end of my final year of a Senate term I won in 2014 after six years in the Assembly, including two as Speaker.

Frankly, I hope to end my tenure in the Legislature as I began: Fighting to improve the quality of life for all Californians.

To review my end-of-session package of bills, click HERE.

For additional news you can use, scroll down to learn more about a looming 45-day closure of freeway ramps in Sylmar, a Burbank gun-store ban and MORE.

Now tell me what is on your mind. Reach out via FacebookTwitter, Instagram and my email, or call my office at 818 901-5588.

Be well, stay safe and remember we are all in this together.

 


Bob Hertzberg

 


VALLEY NEWS


(PHOTO CREDIT: Caltrans)

WESTBOUND I-210 RAMPS IN SYLMAR TO BE CLOSED FOR 45 DAYS

On- and off-ramps on Interstate 210 at Polk and Yarnell streets in Sylmar will be closed for up to 45 days for paving work, the California Department of Transportation announced.

  • The Polk Street on- and off-ramps will be closed beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15.
  • The Yarnell Street on- and off-ramps will be closed beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 22.

Residents and local businesses located near the freeway may experience noise, vibrations and dust associated with construction activities.

The closure of the ramps will provide additional room for crews to pave the far-right lane. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes. All closures are weather permitting and subject to change. Drivers are encouraged to check traffic conditions before leaving to their destination by visiting the Caltrans Quickmap.

The work on I-210 is part of a $135.5 million project replacing all lanes of I-210 with new pavement from Wheatland Avenue to Interstate 5. This project is funded by the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. Overhead sign structures, traffic loop detectors, center median barrier, and the guardrail system are also being upgraded by this project.

Caltrans reminds drivers to be “Work Zone Alert” and to “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

(PHOTO CREDIT: CBS Los Angeles.)

LA COUNTY HOLDS OFF ON MASK MANDATE – FOR NOW

An indoor mask mandate will not be implemented in Los Angeles County, at least for now, in light of a downward trend in COVID cases. The county still remains in the high activity level category, but the average daily number of new COVID cases over the past week has decreased to 5,900 per day from 6,750 a week ago. Hospitalizations and the average daily rate of positive cases have been relatively steady, as well. More HERE.

(PHOTO CREDIT: MyBurbank)

BURBANK APPROVES BAN ON OPENING NEW GUN STORES

The Burbank City Council last week approved a moratorium on new gun stores for at least the next 45 days. The action followed a series of protests by residents who argued that the city has one of the highest concentrations of gun stores in the nation, with a total of 14.The moratorium will remain in effect while the council develops more comprehensive rules and regulations for the firearms industry. Different requirements will be established, including a ban on firearm stores near certain locations, such as schools. The moratorium could be extended beyond 45 days if city council members need more time to develop requirements. Details of the ordinance HERE. A City News Service story HERE.

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LADWP TO HELP COOL RESIDENTS DURING HEAT WAVE

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has launched "Cool LA,” a program to help low-income residents withstand the dangerous effects of severe heat conditions. The move was welcomed by Veronica Padilla-Campos, the director of Pacoima Beautiful, who shared statements from residents in the northeast San Fernando Valley who lack air conditioning and struggle to find relief from extreme heat. Specific allocation of resources to these communities is pending but the consensus of last week's meeting was that the primary goal will likely be to create more awareness of the utility’s Air Conditioning Optimization Program, a rebate program to increase the affordability of AC units for those who cannot afford them. DWP information HERE. News story HERE.

(PHOTO CREDIT: ABC News)

CSUN STUDENTS CREATE NEW TECHNOLOGY TO HELP STOP WILDFIRES

Twenty-seven California State University, Northridge students enrolled in the school’s Aeronautics Design Team have designed and built an autonomous firefighting vehicle system to help slow the spread of wildfires in remote locations where traditional firefighting methods are difficult, officials said. The CSUN team designed a three-vehicle firefighting system comprised of a primary cargo aircraft, which carries a smaller aircraft that uses artificial intelligence to navigate and fight fires. More HERE.

(Photo credit: LAPD)

BRIDGE AT PACOIMA WASH MEMORIALIZES DROWNED TEEN

In commemoration of the life of 14-year-old Elias “Eli” Rodriguez, who drowned after falling into the Pacoima Wash during a rainstorm in 2017, officials announced that a $7.5 million pedestrian bridge and bike path will be built and named after him. The project aims to connect Pacoima and San Fernando and encourage recreational use of the Pacoima Wash Natural Park. Officials praised the project, pledging that it will create safer options for residents who walk and ride their bikes in the area and better connect the valley as a whole. Details HERE. News story, HERE.

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METROLINK REFURBISHES COMMUTER TRAIN CARS

As part of an effort to make public transit more safe, comfortable and efficient, Metrolink is putting into service 50 refurbished passenger train cars featuring new and improved passenger amenities. The renovated train cars have a modern interior, charging ports at each seat, energy-efficient lighting, updated restrooms and advancements that seek to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These include the addition of non-carpeted flooring, enhanced air filtration and UV lighting. Metrolink expects to have 17 refurbished cars in service by the end of this year, and all 50 cars should be ready for use by early 2024. More HERE.


VALLEY ACTIVITIES

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RESIDENTS CAN RECEIVE FREE RECYCLED WATER FOR LAWNS

Courtesy of the Residential Recycled Water Fill Station Program, San Fernando Valley residents can receive up to 300 gallons of free disinfected water per visit to irrigate their lawns, plants and other shrubberies. To be eligible for the program, L.A. residents must be active customers with the Department of Water and Power, complete an application form and take brief training classes available at the participating sites. The two recycled water fill stations for Valley residents are at the Los Angeles-Glendale Water Reclamation Plant and the L.A. Zoo parking lot. Recycled water will be available at the Glendale Plant every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Water can be filled at the zoo every Monday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents are encouraged to bring their own containers with water-tight lids. More HERE.

(PHOTO CREDIT: LA County Department of Public Works)

FREE DROP OFFS OF BULKY ITEMS, E-WASTE AND SHREDDING

The City of San Fernando hosts its quarterly disposal and recycling drop-offs on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at 1000 First St. City residents can bring bulky items, such as mattresses and appliances, and electronic waste to the parking lot for proper and safe disposal. Documents for shredding will also be accepted. Proof of city residency required. More HERE.


HERTZBERG’S HERO

(PHOTO CREDIT: Eveline Bravo-Ayala)

HERTZBERG’S HERO – IRWIN ROSENBERG

San Fernando Valley native Irwin Rosenberg grew up in Northridge, the oldest of five brothers with a mother who was a single mom. They lived in subsidized housing and food stamps helped them get by. Despite not growing up with wealth, if someone struggling asked for a dollar, he would not hesitate to help.

Fortunately, Irwin was exposed to the Deputy Auxiliary Police Program, which focuses on youth activities in a constructive and positive direction. He learned good citizenship skills, become involved in community service and participated in educational and recreational enrichment. The seven years he participated in this program helped shape the person he is today.

Fast forward to high school, where he worked as a janitor and at after-school programs to help support his mom and brothers.  After graduating high school, Irwin became a truck driver, climbed the corporate ladder and eventually become an executive for his firm. When the trucking company was sold, he decided to pursue law enforcement. He was the oldest in his group at the police academy, and graduated top of his class. He soon became a lieutenant, and today takes pride in serving and helping his community.

This is not the end of the line for Irwin. His community helped him as a kid and, as he sees it, today his goal is to repay the community by doing the same for future generations.

 

REMEMBER, WE ARE A TEAM

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