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City of Angels ready to carry torch if Boston 2024 bid falters

May 19, 2015

Los Angeles is ready and waiting to grab the Olympic rings away if Boston's bid continues to stumble — while a USOC official said yesterday the Hub's claim to the games is not a sure thing.

“There's no guarantee that Boston will be the city in September," U.S. Olympic Committee member Angela Ruggiero told Boston city councilors. “Right now we need the strong support of Boston, but the USOC is in the phase where we're hand-in-hand, we're partnering. We want Boston to succeed, so we're doing everything possible."

Gov. Jerry Brown should join movement to reform state's outdated tax policy

May 17, 2015

By George Skelton
 

California government is too dependent on the unreliable super-wealthy and their seesawing investments, plus an outdated sales tax that exempts the new economy: services.

The nonpartisan legislative analyst warned about the erratic tax stream Friday in assessing Brown's budget.

Lead, governor, lead.

May 15, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown calls it “the yoga tax,” his doubting phrase for a proposal to modernize California’s outdated tax system that amplifies cycles of boom and bust. The governor is being a glib pragmatist when he should be a bold leader.

Court fines are too high and punish the poor

May 13, 2015

By Bob Hertzberg
Special to the Bee

Whether it’s a broken taillight or late car registration, we all know the deal: pay up. Monetary penalties are embedded in our system of justice.

But we’re not telling the truth about fines and penalties. In California, Ferguson, Mo., and across America, penalties are no longer deterrents, but a primary source of government funding.

Court fines are too high and punish the poor

May 12, 2015

By Sen. Bob Hertzberg

+Whether it’s a broken taillight or late car registration, we all know the deal: pay up. Monetary penalties are embedded in our system of justice.

But we’re not telling the truth about fines and penalties. In California, Ferguson, Mo., and across America, penalties are no longer deterrents, but a primary source of government funding.

California officials join national initiative to reduce the number of mentally ill people in county jails

May 9, 2015

By Abby Sewell

Officials from around California announced Thursday that they will join in a national initiative seeking to reduce the number of mentally ill inmates in local jails.

"You will not find a sheriff in this state or this nation who is not struggling with the growing number of people who are mentally ill in our jails," Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said at a kickoff event for the initiative in Sacramento.

May 8, 2015

On Thursday, state Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) urged support for a bill (SB 621) that aims to bolster California programs that divert inmates with mental health issues from county jails, KPCC's "

Nationwide events recognize crisis

May 7, 2015

SACRAMENTO – As part of a national effort to raise public awareness, Senator Bob Hertzberg (D – Van Nuys), former Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, and officials from counties nationwide today highlighted ways to reduce the number of people suffering from mental illness who are jailed.

May 7, 2015

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