‘Just the facts’; HEAT of the Valley; SFV budget wins part 5

September 9, 2022

 

Hello neighbors.

Some of you may recall the 1950s TV series Dragnet, starring Jack Webb. A classic series following the ventures of LAPD detective Joe Friday, the show is perhaps most famous for the main character supposedly using the phrase, “Just the facts, ma'am.”

While Webb’s straight-shooting character never actually used those exact words, I mention this because the Los Angeles Police Historical Society recently presented me with its Jack Webb Award. William Shatner hosted the event and Maria Salinas, president of the LA Chamber of Commerce, presented me with a beautiful plaque.

I would be understating the obvious to say that receiving this award was an honor. The award recognized, specifically, the recent budget grants of $24 million to dozens of San Fernando Valley community organizations and nonprofits (see part five, below); prioritization of public safety (including Gov. Newsom recently signing Senate Bill 1327), my first-in-the-nation gun-safety bill; and my leadership on environmental legislation. 

Perhaps the most heartwarming part of the ceremony was the video in which colleagues and close friends said kind words about my career.

A few excerpts: 

  • Sen. Ben Allen of Santa Monica, in reference to me being one of the lead authors, the broker and ardent supporter of our recent world-leading, pro-environment law SB 54, said: “I learned so much from him. His relationships, his tactical thinking, his willingness to put in the work and spend time on details. He was able to quickly pick up enough details to be able to make key judgment calls that proved incredibly valuable in getting what was a very difficult bill and a massive negotiated settlement across the finish line.”
  • LA 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger said: “Bob is the definition of ‘from the community, for the community’…Starting out in the private sector, he has a real grasp of what residents face each and every day. That makes him especially effective when representing our communities because he knows how government decisions affect them.”
  • Sen. Anthony Portantino of Pasadena said: “Bob Hertzberg is beyond being the energizer bunny. I don’t think he sleeps. He has so much on his plate and so many balls in the air at all times, and he somehow gets them where they’re supposed to be and doesn’t drop them.”

Finally, former LA Police Protective League President Tyler Izen said: “You are deserving. Your commitment to public safety culminates with this award. I appreciate our friendship, your passion, your commitment and the way you serve your constituents.”

As a statewide policymaker about to conclude 14 years of public service in the Legislature, I cannot express my gratitude enough to these speakers and the hosts of this wonderful event. Throughout my career, I have tried my hardest to create the best, most safe conditions for our constituents. Although my Senate term is coming to an end, I promise that I will continue to make this one of my top priorities, irrespective of the position I may hold.

And believe me when I say, precisely, that those are “just the facts.” 

Sen. Bob Hertzberg and LA Chamber of Commerce President Maria Salinas. (PHOTO CREDIT: Dr. Katharine Tellis)

For additional news you can use, scroll down to read the fifth installment of some of the sizeable checks I helped provide to the San Fernando Valley, looming mass-transit improvements 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

The Heart of the Valley, for now, is the Heat of the Valley. This is because climate change is causing extreme heat. As temperatures soar this week, everyone needs to do their part to save energy. Pre-cool your home to 70 degrees before 4pm, and turn your thermostat up to 78 degrees and avoid use

of major appliances after 4pm. Visit flexalert.org for more energy saving tips.

We need YOU to help your community keep the lights on.

  • Reduce energy use during peak hours
  • Raise your AC to 78 after 4pm
  • Turn off unnecessary lights & appliances

Learn more at flexalert.org.

(PHOTO CREDIT: MTA)

SFV LIGHT RAIL & BUS COMMUTERS TO BENEFIT FROM NEW PROJECTS

In a unanimous vote, the LA Metro Board of Directors has awarded two mass-transit projects – a combined $110 million for light rail and bus line improvements – to better serve San Fernando Valley commuters. About $66 million will go toward construction of the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Line, a 9.2-mile project that is the first light rail in the Valley. It will run from the Van Nuys Metro G Line station to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station and include 14 at-grade passenger stations. The ESFVLR will serve 35,000 weekday passengers. Construction will start at the end of this year, and the line is expected to be operational in June 2028. More HERE.

The remaining $44 million will be for improvements to the existing Metro G Bus Rapid Transit Line, known as the Orange Line. Buses will be converted to electric-battery power and take passengers on exclusive, dedicated lanes to avoid traffic at major intersections. Other renovations include the construction of grade separations over Van Nuys and Sepulveda boulevards and the addition of signal-priority technology and railroad crossing-type gates to ensure the safety of pedestrians and passengers. More HERE.

(PHOTO CREDIT: PLASTICSCORECO)

SEPARATE FOOD FROM TRASH TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

Due to the state’s new green waste recycling mandate, many cities are starting to implement the separation of food scraps from the garbage in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In recent news, L.A is finally moving to take part in this stride toward reducing individual carbon footprints. The program encourages residents to separate food scraps such as coffee grounds, egg shells, moldy bread, fruit, and many other types of kitchen leftovers to the green waste bins. Los Angeles residents can have a real impact in the diversion of food waste due to the city’s scale and size.

(PHOTO CREDIT: CCRC)

FREE CHILDCARE ENROLLMENT FOR SAN FERNANDO VALLEY RESIDENTS

As prices are ubiquitously increasing across the nation, it has become difficult for millions of families to afford all of their expenses, particularly child care. There is hope for families in the San Fernando Valley area, though, as a significant increase in funding for the Alternative Payment Program and Child Care Resource Center created new opportunities for enrollment. CCRC can pay for child care at all hours of the day, irrespective of parents' reason for needing the assistance. More HERE or call 1-866-67-4KIDS.
 



VALLEY ACTIVITIES

HELP KEEP SFV CLEAN AT SEPT. 17 STREET-CLEANING EVENT

Volunteers Cleaning Communities is holding a street clean-up event from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 on Devonshire Street, from Topanga Canyon Boulevard to Sheldon Arleta Park. Free bags, grabbers, and t-shirts will be provided, but participants should bring their own gloves and water. After the event, there will be a celebration at the Oakridge Estate in Northridge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring awards, ice cream, games, music, food trucks, face painting and more. RSVP for the clean-up and learn more HERE or email jill@VCC.world

 (PHOTO CREDIT: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health)

LA COUNTY NOW IN LOW COVID ACTIVITY LEVEL

Now that LA County's new case rate is 192.8 per 100,000 residents, the county is officially in the CDC's low transmission category regarding COVID-19 activity. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials do want residents to know, however, that the new case rate is likely low due to the widespread use of at-home COVID rapid tests, the majority of which are not reported to the county. The category shift has no tangible effect on residents; it will not trigger any changes in public health protocols.

(PHOTO CREDIT: Laser Jacks Co.)

818 NIGHT MARKET FEATURES LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES

The 818 Night Market will be held from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays each month at the Mission Hills Christian Church, 14941 Devonshire St., Mission Hills. The market originally started with the goal of creating opportunities for local vendors and small business owners by allowing them to connect with members of their community. The event has grown to feature local vendors, music, art, fashion, food, jewelry, games and more. Admission is free and open to all ages. More HERE.

(PHOTO CREDIT: Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs)

FREE GUATEMALANWORRY DOLLS’ WORKSHOP

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the San Fernando Library is holding a workshop on how to create Guatemalan ‘worry dolls,’ which are said to remove children’s worries. The one-hour workshop will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Registration opens tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 10. Also discussed will be the legend of the doll and its prevalence in Guatemalan culture. Children ages 5-12 can attend with a parent or caregiver. More HERE.
 



BRINGING MONEY TO THE SFV

LOCAL BUDGET WINNERS REFLECT, SERVE SFV DIVERSITY

Here is part five on new funding for 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 and part four HERE. All are a result of an annual budget process where I seek funding for worthy San Fernando Valley projects, and a combined $24 million will be shared. Part six next week! (Photos by Steve Fukushima).

SKIRBALL RECEIVES $2M FOR REFUGEES, TRANSLATIONS AND EXHIBIT

From left, Jessie Kornberg and summer intern Nia of the Skirball Cultural Center receive a $2 million check from Sen. Bob Hertzberg for refugee services, Spanish translations and Noah’s Ark exhibit.

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES OF LOS ANGELES RECEIVES $700K TO EXPAND FREE ACCESS TO LEGAL HELP

From left, Lambreni Waddell, Neal Dudovitz, Sen. Bob Hertzberg, and Yvonne Mariajimenez receive from Hertzberg a check for $700,000 to Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles for research on community-driven equitable development.

TIA CHUCHA’s CENTRO CULTURAL GETS $800K FOR HIGH-TECH WELLNESS

From left, Andrea Lopez, Mayra Zaragoza, Melissa Sanvicente, Michael Centeno, Sen. Bob Hertzberg, Luis J. Rodriguez, Trini Rodriguez, Rebecca Gomez and Karen Ugarte receive $800,000 for Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural’s Arts-based Community Wellness programming.

REMEMBER, WE ARE A TEAM

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