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May 6, 2015

By John Hrabe

Drivers who’ve had their licenses suspended could soon get a reprieve.

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, has introduced legislation that would reduce outstanding penalties and fines for drivers with a suspended license. In addition to reducing penalties, Senate Bill 405 would provide a method for drivers with a suspended license from a nonviolent offense to regain their driving privileges.

May 5, 2015

By Annie Taylor

SANTA MONICA—Sue Himmelrich, City Councilwoman and attorney for the Western Center on Law and Poverty is looking to assist residents who have revoked driver’s licenses.

It is a problem 4.2 million—one in six drivers—Californians face, where a minor, nonviolent infraction can accumulate multiple fines that some are unable to pay off resulting in a suspended license.

By Judy Lin

May 2, 2015

SACRAMENTO, California — His nicknames include Huggy, Herztie and Hugsberg, child-like monikers that when combined with his freshman status in the state Senate might make it seem Bob Hertzberg is a back-bencher.

In fact, the Democrat is a major California political player with more than four decades of experience.

The former Assembly speaker has returned to the Capitol after a 12-year hiatus, bringing his clout and deal-making experience. His mere presence stoked rumors of a challenge to the Senate leader though Hertzberg dismisses any rivalry.

Sacramento Bee editorial supporting SB 405 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg cited

April 30, 2015

WASHINGTON TIMES: Sacramento Bee: Time to put the brakes on add-on fees for minor traffic citations

George Skelton cites SB 8, the Upward Mobility Act, by Sen. Bob Hertzberg

April 30, 2015

The latest numbers are in, and they show that Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase is performing as advertised — generating billions by soaking the rich.

The data also point to the continuing need for an overhaul of California's tax system to make it less dependent on the unreliable super-wealthy.

But very few politicians — especially Brown — want to touch this subject for fear of goring oxen and being accused of kowtowing to the rich.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would force cities and counties to conduct inventories of the systems used to collect and store government data.

April 27, 2015

California could become the first state to require that local governments maintain a list of the technology systems used to collect and store public data.

Senate Bill 272, authored by Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, calls for California’s 58 counties and nearly 500 cities to catalog the software they use that accumulates public information, including how often it is collected and who’s in charge of it. The measure is meant to help local agencies and citizens better understand what data exists and empower them to use it, according to a fact sheet on the bill.

SB 405, Driving Down Debt, by Sen. Hertzberg, is cited

April 27, 2015

Soaring municipal fees are turning traffic tickets into such major expenses that many can’t get their car out of the impound lot. People shouldn’t lose their transportation to work over an illegal left turn. Sen. Robert Hertzberg’s SB 405 aims to fix that.

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By Tammerlin Drummond Oakland Tribune Columnist/Bay Area News Group

April 20, 2015

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By Christopher Cadelago

April 16, 2015

Link to complete original story, including video and charts, HERE

Christina Charles acknowledges she broke the law. 
Between 2011 and 2012, Charles improperly stopped at a stop sign. She drove with a missing license plate and a taillight out.

Her license was suspended when she couldn’t pay for the tickets and failed to appear in court. Charles also was stopped for driving on the suspended license and without car insurance. 
She eventually piled up $6,000 in debt.

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