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December 10, 2015

To listen to this interview with Sen. Bob Hertzberg, click on the link below.

December 10, 2015
By Don Thompson
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lawmakers and state agencies on Wednesday began exploring ways to make sure millions of charitable dollars donated annually by California taxpayers aren't stalled for years and don't wind up in state coffers.

By The Editorial Board

December 8, 2015

Many Californians are generous with their donations to charity — in many cases even while they’re paying their taxes. The last thing that should happen to that generosity is for it to go to waste.

But that’s what has gone on with much of the money taxpayers have donated through those check-off boxes on the state Franchise Tax Board’s income tax forms — intending their money to go to worthy causes from efforts to cure Alzheimer’s disease to sea otters to victims of human trafficking. Most of their donations have reached the intended recipients, but too much of the money has not.

November 19, 2015

The NewDEAL New Ideas Challenge named winners today: South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Cook County, Illinois Commissioner Bridget Gainer; California State Senator Robert Hertzberg; and Texas Representative Eric Johnson; Maryland Delegate Andrew Platt; and Arkansas Representative Warwick Sabin.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg part of gala, award

November 14, 2015

NORTHRIDGE >> For nearly six decades, Cal State Northridge has played a vital role in stoking the economic engine of Los Angeles.

That’s why the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation last week presented CSUN with its 2015 Eddy Award, which honors leading contributors to local economy and those who create good jobs.

Senate Bill 405 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg is cited.

November 6, 2015

By Sukey Lewis

California’s amnesty program for unpaid traffic tickets is just over a month old, but already courts have
been swamped with applications from residents eager to get fines forgiven or reduced.

Los Angeles County, which has the largest court system in the state, processed 18,000 participation forms
in the past 30 days, bringing in $1.3 million in fees and revenue.

But there is still a significant backlog in many courts across the state.

By Dana Bartholomew

November 6, 2015

AN NUYS >> When the first Orange Line buses rolled across the San Fernando Valley a decade ago, officials hoped they might pick up 5,000 passengers a day.

Within six months, the “train on rubber wheels” was ferrying four times that — a benchmark not expected until 2020. Ten years later, daily ridership has now hit nearly 30,000.

November 2, 2015


So you introduced a couple of big bills last session that would overhaul California’s tax and energy infrastructures, but they never went anywhere.

What better way to relaunch those efforts and bring your fellow lawmakers on board than to be able to attach “award-winning” to your ideas?

Sen. Bob Hertzberg's vision on taxes, energy cited by Carla Marinucci's daily briefing on politics and government in the Golden State

October 30, 2015


INNOVATION INSIDER: Two of State Senator Robert Hertzberg’s proposals to reform state taxation and energy policies were named finalists Thursday in a competition sponsored by a national group seeking innovative ideas for government.

A group called NewDEAL -- which stands for Developing Exceptional American Leaders -- whose honorary co-chairs are Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Virginia Senator Mark Warner -- Thursday announced the finalists of the group’s “2015 New Ideas Challenge.”

October 30, 2015

WORTH REPEATING "Also known as Mr. El Niño in the state Senate." Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, introducing the gregarious Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, at a Wednesday hearing on El Niño

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