Bills on Gov's desk; SFV $ winners, part 6; greener schools!

September 16, 2022

Hello neighbors.

I have been trying my best to push as much legislation as possible before my term comes to an end. Taking into consideration the wants and needs of my constituents, I have made as my top priority the passage of laws that seek to address climate change, simplify the process by which utilities update their infrastructure, and help inmates with their rehabilitation.

Here, in bill-number order, are some of my top bills approved by the Legislature and now awaiting action by Gov. Newsom’s Sept. 30 deadline to sign, veto or allow measures to become law without his signature:

Senate Bill 529 - Electrical Transmission

This bill would expedite reviews and approvals for transmission upgrades and construction to meet near-term clean energy needs and support long-term planning.

SB 891 - Stormwater Discharge Licenses

This pro-environment effort would close loopholes in existing law to ensure greater compliance with existing stormwater regulations and improve the state’s management of water runoffs.

SB 903 - Prisons: California Rehabilitation Oversight Board

In an effort to mitigate the struggles associated with rehabilitation, this bill would require correction officials to address the housing needs of incarcerated persons, including those with serious mental health concerns.

SB 989 - Property Taxation

This measure would allow the payment of property taxes owed by seniors, the disabled and the victims of natural disasters to be deferred if the property owner has met certain tax-relief requirements and the county assessor has not reviewed that eligibility before Jan. 1, 2024.

SB 1157 - Urban Water Use

This would cut water usage statewide and prioritize conservation by setting new standards for indoor residential water use starting in 2025. 

For additional news you can use, scroll down to read the sixth installment of some of the sizeable checks I helped provide to the San Fernando Valley; $150 million for greener schools and MORE.

Now tell me what is on your mind. You can 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: Eveline Brava-Ayala)

CALIFORNIA INVESTS $150 MILLION IN GREENER SCHOOLS

California officials and climate activists gathered at Pacoima Middle School last Friday to celebrate the $150 million allocation toward making greener schools statewide. The funds, which were recently approved by the Legislature and Gov. Newsom, are earmarked to plant grass and trees in asphalt-covered schoolyards to mitigate the effects of extreme heat on students. The funds will be applied to schools statewide and therefore will not be able to create new green spaces in all LAUSD schools. However, LAUSD Board of Education President Kelly Gonez has said she plans to author a resolution with the aim of greening every school in the district within the next 10 years. Officials also want residents to know that equity will be a priority, with an emphasis on schools in the Northeast San Fernando Valley that are bearing the brunt of extreme temperatures. 

(PHOTO CREDIT: NBC Los Angeles)

NEW OMICRON BOOSTER SHOTS AVAILABLE FREE IN LA COUNTY

Los Angeles County health officials recently approved a new vaccine booster shot targeting the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, and it is now being offered free to residents. As summer comes to an end, officials urge residents to avoid the fall/winter surge in infections by getting vaccinated and taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, such as wearing a mask. Details on where the newly approved booster shots are being distributed can be found in English at this website, or in Spanish here. The newly approved Pfizer/BioNTech booster is for those aged 12+, while the Moderna bivalent booster is for those aged 18+.

(PHOTO CREDIT: NBC Los Angeles)

GUARANTEED INCOME PROGRAM BEGINS FOR 1,000 LA RESIDENTS

LA County has officially launched a pilot program to provide 1,000 residents $1,000 a month for the next three years. The recipients were chosen randomly from a pool of over 180,000 applicants. According to officials, the program will ideally encourage the creation of expanded programs to provide residents with economic opportunity and support. Recipients range in age from 18 to 91 and receive the money via debit card. The program administrator, Strength Based Community Change, will help recipients reach any personal and financial goals. More HERE.

(PHOTO CREDIT: Metrolink)

METROLINK OFFERING DISCOUNTED TICKETS FOR EBT CARD HOLDERS

Metrolink is now offering a 50-percent discount on tickets to those who possess California Electronic Benefit Transfer cards. Made possible through a grant from its Low Carbon Transit Operations Program, Metrolink’s discount program applies to all Metrolink tickets and passes. Riders can simply use their EBT cards at station machines to purchase tickets. The program is projected to run for one year, or until the grant funds are depleted. More HERE.

(PHOTO CREDIT: LA REPAIR)

THREE SFV NEIGHBORHOODS CAN FIGHT INSTITUTIONAL RACISM WITH $775k

Residents of Mission Hills, North Hills and Panorama City have until midnight Oct. 23 to submit ideas on how to invest $775,000 to fight local institutional racism and inequity. The money for the three San Fernando Valley neighborhoods is part of an $8.5 million participatory budgeting program called the Los Angeles Reforms for Equity and Public Acknowledgment of Institutional Racism, or L.A.REPAIR. The program was created last year to address inequities in nine historically underserved and excluded Los Angeles communities by allowing residents to become part of the funding conversation. Residents can submit program or service-based ideas as part of the first round of the program. These areas, called “REPAIR Zones,” will undergo changes after the winning proposals are chosen via a community vote. “This is empowerment for the neighborhoods of Los Angeles most impacted by poverty and systemic racism,” said Capri Maddox, executive director of the L.A. Civil Rights Department. More HERE.



VALLEY ACTIVITIES

(PHOTO CREDIT: Valley Intercommunity Council)

FOUR SAN FERNANDO VALLEY CENTERS HELP SENIORS

The Valley Intercommunity Council is offering a multitude of services to Valley residents aged 60 and older, including nutritional meal services, memory training, a walking program and emergency support. Partially funded by the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, the council's four San Fernando Valley centers are in Northridge, Pacoima, Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys and serve as safe places to enhance the quality of life of seniors. More HERE.

(PHOTO CREDIT: SFV Historical Society)

SFV HISTORICAL SOCIETY OFFERS FREE TOURS OF ADOBE MUSEUM

The Andres Pico Adobe is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered in a featured exhibit at the San Fernando Valley Historical Society in Mission Hills. There is a lot of history in this little adobe, considered to be one of the first residences in the Valley. You get to touch walls that have been there since the 1830s, and see the tools and everyday items that people used over a century ago. Other highlights include:

  • The Restored Lankershim Reading Room.
  • The last Southern Pacific Railroad Shanty.
  • American Indian Room.
  • Vintage Clothing Exhibit.
  • Old farm implements.

The Adobe is at 10940 Sepulveda Blvd., and is open for free tours Sundays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and Mondays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (except holidays).

FREE WEEKLY ONLINE WORKSHOPS TO REDUCE CANCER AMONG LATINOS

In effort to reduce six types of cancers that disproportionately impact the Hispanic and Latin-American communities of Los Angeles County, higher education and health organizations are continuing to sponsor free weekly online Zoom workshops. Officials said these targeted communities often face greater health disparities due to their socioeconomic status, language and other systemic barriers and tend to have lower vaccination rates. The aims are to understand two issues through one-hour workshops on the following:   

  • HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS: This will focus on the gaps in knowledge of HPV, vaccination acceptance and cervical cancer screenings.
  • CLINICAL TRIALS: This one-hour workshop will study the barriers to participating in clinical trials. Register HERE:


BRINGING MONEY TO THE SFV

LOCAL BUDGET WINNERS REFLECT, SERVE SFV DIVERSITY

Here is part six on local programs and improvements that will soon have a positive impact on a neighborhood near you. Read part one HERE, part two HERE, part three HERE, part four HERE and part five HERE. All are a result of an annual budget process where I seek funding for worthy San Fernando Valley projects. A combined $24 million will be shared. Part seven next week! (Photos by Steve Fukushima).

‘URBAN GREENING’ GETS GREENER WITH $1 MILLION GRANT

From left, Pamela Soto and Sharon Sand of the Trust for Public Land receive a $1,000,000 check from Sen. Bob Hertzberg for Urban Greening and Sustainable Infrastructure.

HEALTH CARE TRAINING TO HELP SFV PATIENTS BOOSTED BY $277K

From left, Sen. Bob Hertzberg presents a $277,000 check to Dr. Roger Peeks, M.D. and Dr. David Luna, M.D. of Valley Community Healthcare to train new mental-health service providers.

JOB-CREATING SMALL BUSINESSES IN SFV TO BENEFIT FROM $1.5M GRANT

From left, Guadalupe Luviano, Sen. Bob Hertzberg, Roberto Barragan and Luis Luna with $1.5 million check from Hertzberg to help pay for the Small Business Incubator and Training Facility.

REMEMBER, WE ARE A TEAM

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