News Stories

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

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 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.

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 16, 2021

As California continues to lead in a variety of industries, it's important that we stay connected to other corners of the world in order to network, collaborate and grow. My sincere thanks to Arirang News and Global Insight for having me on your program to talk infrastructure, drought resiliency and a lot more!

April 13, 2021

A CalMatters investigation found that at least 1,300 people have been locked in county jails for longer than three years awaiting a trial or sentencing.

“A lot of people…are held in jail just because they’ve got no money, not because they’re a flight risk or a public safety risk,” said state Sen. Robert Hertzberg, a Los Angeles Democrat who also sits on the judiciary committee.

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February 10, 2021

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) scorecard helps you see how lawmakers voted on civil rights and civil liberties issues, including things like education, immigration rights, and more. Every year, they evaluate legislators on nearly 350 bills that we sponsored, supported, or opposed during the 2019-2020 legislative session.

January 28, 2021

SACRAMENTO — Months after California voters overturned a law abolishing cash bail in the state, advocates are trying again with a new approach that would not rely on the risk assessment tools that divided support for their first attempt.

Democratic legislators introduced a pair of identical bills Wednesday — SB262 by state Sens. Bob Hertzberg of Van Nuys (Los Angeles County) and Nancy Skinner of Berkeley, and AB329 by Assembly Member Rob Bonta of Alameda — that would set bail at $0 for misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies.