January 2, 2018

By Bob Hertzberg & Dr. Laura D. Tyson

Sweeping legislation with arcane and opaque provisions that is barely deliberated always ends badly for the public. When it is agreed solely on a partisan basis favoring the special interests of the ruling party, and aimed at punishing states dominated by voters from the opposition party, it is a mockery of democracy. Yet, just such a calamitous act — the first major overhaul of the U.S. tax system in 30 years — has just been passed by the Republican majority and signed into law by President Trump.

Senator Hertzberg congratulates fellow former California Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins on becoming next Senate Pro Tem

December 7, 2017

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, released the following statement on Thursday regarding the announcement that Senator Toni G. Atkins will succeed Senator Kevin de León as Senate President pro Tempore:

Fire has burned upwards of 11,000 acres in Los Angeles County, with thousands of homes evacuated

December 5, 2017

VAN NUYS – Early this morning, a brush fire erupted shortly before 4 a.m. near Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads in Sylmar. By mid-day, the fire had expanded to more than 11,000 acres with little to no containment. Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, has been in touch with Los Angeles fire and public safety officials, as well as local elected officials, to offer assistance and spread the word about evacuation orders and the latest news on the rapidly evolving situation.

December 4, 2017

SACRAMENTO – This morning, copies of a letter from Glaser Weil regarding accusations of sexual harassment against their client, Assemblymember Matt Dababneh, surfaced in the media and on social media. Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, who is Of Counsel to the firm, released the following statement:

Bill would have significant impact on California taxpayers

December 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Last night, the United States Senate passed a tax reform measure after midnight on a vote of 51-49. The bill, if enacted into law, would consolidate the existing seven tax brackets, cut taxes on the wealthy, and eliminate a number of deductions that typically benefit low and middle income earners. In response to the bill’s passage in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, released the following statement:

November 15, 2017

By The Editorial Board

How much money someone has shouldn’t be the final determinant of whether or not he or she remains behind bars or gets released from jail after being arrested.

Yet that’s all too often how California’s pretrial justice system works, with potentially tens of thousands of people on any given day deemed eligible for release but stuck in jail simply because they haven’t posted monetary bail and might not be able to.

November 15, 2017

By The Times Editorial Board

The gunman who went on a deadly shooting rampage in Tehama County on Monday apparently had been out on bail after being charged with stabbing a neighbor — an aspect of the grisly crime that underscores a huge but little discussed problem with money bail systems like California’s.

Judges echo SB 10 by calling for an end to the cash bail system, creating pretrial services agencies to assess if defendants are safe to be released

October 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, who have jointly authored legislation to reform a pretrial process that keeps many people in jail simply because they cannot afford bail issued the following statements regarding a report released today by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye’s Pretrial Detention Reform Workgroup:   

SB 61 keeps food banks on tax state returns through 2026, provides vital source of funding to feed the hungry

October 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed his legislation to ensure that Californians can continue to mark boxes on their state tax returns to contribute money to food banks.

The Child Hunger Prevention and Fair Treatment Act establishes a process to tackle school lunch debts without publicly embarrassing kids

October 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed his legislation to stop schools from publicly shaming or embarrassing students by either denying them lunch or providing a snack instead because their parents haven’t paid lunch fees.

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