May 16, 2018

After testing the waters for the last three years, state Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) is making his strongest push yet to pass legislation that would impose a tax on services provided to businesses.

Hertzberg says Senate Bill 993 would better align the state’s tax code with the shift toward a more service-based economy. By 2022, the bill would create a new 3 percent tax on services — such as legal representation, accounting, design work and consulting — delivered to businesses in California.

After a year and a half of negotiations, the Senate and Assembly pass SB 606 and AB 1668, partner bills that would establish statewide water efficiency standards

May 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) today announced that Senate Bill 606 (Hertzberg) and Assembly Bill 1668 (Friedman), which would establish permanent water efficiency goals across the state for the first time, passed on the Assembly and Senate Floors, respectively.

Senator from Van Nuys encouraged by Governor’s commitment to tax reform, bail reform, and other key policy priorities

May 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, released the following statement today in response to the release of the May Revision to the Governor’s 2018-19 Budget:

May 11, 2018

By Dylan Svoboda

What’s in a name? When it comes to social media, maybe a lot more than you think.

There is a move in the Capitol to force social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook to identify “bots,” those robot-like, automated accounts that move through the internet and interact with real people — and each other.

Skirball’s Jocelyn Tetel to testify about need for funding to maintain and expand Center’s educational activities and cultural programs

May 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that Jocelyn Tetel, Vice President of Advancement of the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, will testify this morning in the Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Education in support of a budget augmentation for the Center that he authored.

April 28, 2018

By Olga Grigoryants

A massive San Fernando Valley transit project is poised to get a piece of $1.7 billion in state funding, officials said.

The East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor and a few other Valley transit projects might receive the funding in the form of grants if they are approved by the California Transportation Commission next month.

The funding comes from Senate Bill 1, overseen by the California State Transportation Agency in partnership with the Local Partnership Program and Solutions for Congested Corridors Program.

Over $1 billion is committed to LA Metro, paving the way for the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project

April 26, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), committed over $1 billion to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) for new transit corridors, as well as $36 million to the City of Los Angeles (LA DOT) for improving fuel efficiency of the city’s busses.

April 25, 2018

by Catherine Ho

A second state Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would make it easier for California cannabis businesses to write checks — instead of using hoards of cash, as is common practice now — to pay taxes, rent and fees to vendors.

Bill focuses on increasing transparency and accountability of current cash bail practices

April 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, advanced a bill today that furthers his ongoing examination of the state’s bail industry, which includes SB 10, the Bail Reform Act of 2018.

SB 913 would ensure continued support for graffiti removal services in Los Angeles

April 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that his bill to ensure the continued funding and operation of graffiti abatement programs in the City of Los Angeles cleared the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee and is headed to a vote on the Senate Floor.

Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in Los Angeles have provided graffiti abatement services for almost three decades connecting people to their neighborhoods, empowering youth who benefit from employment experience, and community investment.

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