News Stories

June 20, 2016

By George Skelton

If California applied the sales tax to Dodgers tickets and other sporting events, it could raise $320 million a year.

And why would the state do that? To lower the overall sales tax rate, rely less on the roller-coaster income taxes of rich people and overhaul California’s rickety, archaic revenue system. Lift it out of the mid-20th century and into the 21st.

It would have to do much more, of course, than merely tax spectator sports.

June 17, 2016

What if you had $120 billion for a transportation plan but didn’t include the largest college campus in your area?

That’s what state senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, is concerned about in the San Fernando Valley. He issued a call for the Los Angeles County Metro Board to consider amending its plan for a proposed sales tax measure that’s scheduled to be placed on the November ballot. The board is going to make a final decision on June 23, but it’s not too late.

May 5, 2016

By Bob Hertzberg, Jim Heerwagen, Kathay Feng and Rob Lapsley

Californians face a presidential election year with a ballot full of important decisions to make. Timely information and transparency will be essential to making good decisions, but one key tool, the state’s official website responsible for tracking campaign contributions, is outdated and starting to break down just as we enter our election season.

March 7, 2016

By Dana Bartholomew, Los Angeles Daily News

POSTED: 03/04/16, 5:01 PM PST 

NORTHRIDGE -- As bus and rail ridership sags across the region, the drumbeat rose this week for a likely sales tax measure that could fund transit projects into the middle of the century — with a “fair share” finally devoted to the San Fernando Valley.

January 21, 2016

To listen to this interview with Sen. Bob Hertzberg on his two new bills, SB 881 and SB 882, click on the link below.

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.
 
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.