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May 27, 2021

California's Senator Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg uses the movie "The Princess Bride" as a metaphor for explaining how Californians are not always handed the perfect tools for dealing with the state's challenges, including housing, homelessness and drought, but "..we have to use what we got, and figure it out."

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May 26, 2021

Cash bail in California may soon become a thing of the past for misdemeanors and many non-violent felonies. The state senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would require that judges set zero bail for these crimes. Supporters of the move say that the cash bail system is unconstitutional, unfairly penalizing communities of color. 

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May 26, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — The California State Senate on Wednesday advanced three criminal justice reform bills, including one that could end the careers of bad apple police officers, an idea that failed last year despite broad public outrage over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

But even some supporters made it clear the Senate-approved bill needs more work in the Assembly to clear up what they called vague language and rebalance a disciplinary board they said could be biased against law enforcement.

May 26, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Majority Leader Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) took one step further to reform the predatory money bail system. SB 262, approved with a supermajority vote of the California State Senate, ensures no person is kept behind bars before trial simply because they cannot afford to post bail.

May 26, 2021

Arturo Rodriguez and his colleagues on the Poplar Community Services District board are responsible for keeping clean water flowing to 2,500 residents in the middle of a global pandemic and drought.

May 12, 2021

More than a century ago, California adopted a reform movement in response to major corruption in California’s government. The railroads owned political parties, controlled the state Legislature and blackmailed cities in exchange for a rail connection. 

Editorial cartoons and novels depicted the railroads as an octopus with its greedy tentacles clutching statehouses, the economy, farmers and cities. To wrestle power away from the octopus, then-Gov. Hiram Johnson proposed the direct democracy process in his first inaugural address. 

May 3, 2021

In November, California voters rejected Prop. 25, which would have replaced the state bail system with algorithms to help judges determine a defendant’s risk. 

Five months later, the state Supreme Court ruling turned the tables and gave anti-bail activists a resounding win: The high court ruled that defendants can’t be held in jail solely because they can’t afford to make bail.

May 1, 2021

California’s highest court recently delivered a major victory for the cause of justice when it ruled that “the common practice of conditioning freedom solely on whether an arrestee can afford bail is unconstitutional.” Under the state Supreme Court’s ruling, judges must now consider a person’s ability to pay when setting bail and can only hold someone in jail before trial in limited circumstances.

April 29, 2021

SAN FERNANDO (CBSLA) — Gov. Gavin Newsom Thursday met with San Fernando business owners who have been hit hard through the COVID-19 pandemic before signing legislation that will provide $6.2 bill in tax cuts for small businesses over the next six years.

Newsom visited multiple small businesses before ending up at a sushi restaurant in the city of San Fernando where he spoke about the tax relief plan.

April 29, 2021

SAN FERNANDO – Governor Newsom, joined alongside Senate Majority Leader Hertzberg, has signed AB 80 into law. California businesses that took part in the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) should soon receive some welcome tax relief. As a longtime steward of economic development in the Golden State, Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) has provided the following statement: