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By Bob Hertzberg, Edward Kleinbard and Laura Tyson

January 2, 2015

As the new Legislature settles in after the election and Gov. Brown prepares his State-of-the-State address, students are protesting over tuition increases while the state faces yet another funding crisis for higher education. This has set lawmakers in Sacramento abuzz with debate about what tax plan should replace Brown’s temporary increase that will soon begin to wind down — and which he vows not to renew.

Gov. Brown and the Legislature should grow some spine to take on special interests and curb gifts

December 24, 2014

We can all dream, so here's my wish list for Christmas gifts.

If none show up under the tree, that's OK. I can wait. But I won't hold my breath.

I've wished for some of these presents previously but pretty much been blown off by Santa.

At the top of the list is a state Capitol with courage — the guts to confront head-on the state's most difficult and pressing problems. Examples:

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Arthur Gardner championed underdogs, hired blacklisted writers

December 20, 2014

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, who represents the Eastern portion of the San Fernando Valley and is a distant cousin of Gardner's — though the two were very close personally — called the producer, who swam every day until his mid-90s, "an institution."

"For all his successes, the Hollywood stardom stuff never got to his head," Hertzberg says. "He was down to earth and decent, just an elegant guy. And fun — he threw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium in honor of his 100th birthday!"

Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León announced assignment this past Wednesday

December 19, 2014

Posted by George Thomas

SACRAMENTO – California State Sen. Bob Hertzberg released the following statement upon his appointment this past Wednesday by Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance.

Hertzberg's one guy who's not afraid to talk about what's needed, even if unpopular.

December 18, 2014

By George Skelton
State Political Columnist

He's a freshman state senator showing no fear, no hesitation and seemingly no political sense. His first bill is a huge, historic tax hike.

Sen. Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), of course, is no ordinary babe-in-the-woods, backbench freshman.

He's a former Assembly speaker and lifelong political junkie who grooves on public policy.

A quake early warning system took a significant step forward with $5 million in funding from Congress

December 16, 2014

Earthquake early warning could start becoming available to the public in California as soon as two years, according to system coordinator Doug Given.

But there's a big prerequisite first, Given said: "full funding." It took a significant step forward over the weekend when Congress, for the first time, allocated federal funds for the system, $5 million.

By Joel Fox

December 3, 2014
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

While much attention has been paid to potential tax measures on the 2016 ballot, working in the background is an effort to overhaul the state’s tax system. The recently released Public Policy Institute of California poll shows how difficult a task that could be.

November 22, 2014

The first surprise on a tour of Bob Hertzberg's new house in Van Nuys is the ice cream parlor, with the former state Assembly speaker's nickname on a neon sign: "Huggy's Soda Fountain."

Next is a screening room with hot dog, cotton candy and popcorn machines, and then, in the garage, a shiny green 1958 Chevrolet Apache pickup truck.

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