ACCOMPLISHMENTS

HOUSING

Throughout his time in the State Legislature, Bob has advanced impactful solutions to our affordable housing and homelessness crises, including:
 

  • Introducing the largest housing bond in California history to increase production of housing, expand affordability, and create new opportunities for young families and first-time homebuyers.

  • Authoring a law expanding eligibility for California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) homeless assistance benefits in the wake of increased needs brought by the pandemic (SB 1065).

  • Writing a bill that ensures qualified nonprofit housing corporations are able to purchase for-sale units in an approved housing development project to preserve the continued affordability of these units.

  • Supporting streamlined approval processes for housing developments in cities not meeting their state-mandated requirements (SB 35).

  • Helping the Housing Crisis Act of 2019, which prevents local governments from downzoning and the demolition of housing that results in a net loss of units (SB 330).

PUBLIC SAFETY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Throughout his career, Bob has been at the forefront of ensuring safe communities, including:
 

  • Securing $100 million to build LA County’s largest crime lab at CSU — which eliminated the backlog of rape kits and ensured rapid prosecution of sexual and violent offenders.

  • Drafting ground-breaking legislation targeting dangerous assault weapons and ghost guns that creates a first-in-the-nation private right of action for citizens to use against those who manufacture, distribute, transport, import into California, or sell assault weapons, .50 BMG rifles, ghost guns, or ghost gun kits.

  • Tightening gun laws to require that a serial number be on a modern handgun as a condition of transfer of ownership.

  • Authoring a 1997 law establishing a statewide "Witness Protection Program" (WPP) to be run by the Attorney General's (AG) office.

  • Creating the Community Law Enforcement and Recovery (CLEAR) Demonstration Project to combat gangs in Los Angeles County.

  • Expanding stalking, harassment and extortion laws to be encompassing of the realities of the internet and electronic communication.

  • Voted for billions in critical funding for 911 emergency response, firefighters, law enforcement, and paramedics.

  • Writing a law defining weapons of mass destruction and establishing tough penalties for its use or attempted use.

Bob has also been a leader on criminal justice reform, including:
 

  • Spearheading the five-year effort to take on California’s unfair and unjust cash bail system with his bill that would’ve allowed judges to base their. decisions on the defendant’s risk using a non-monetary pretrial risk assessment tool rather than their ability to pay.

  • Authoring a 2000 law that required the establishment of a continuing education classroom training course regarding law enforcement interactions with persons with developmental disabilities or mental illness.

  • Authoring a law to train firefighters on interacting with persons with mental disabilities.

ENVIRONMENT

Throughout his career as a state legislator, Bob Hertzberg has been an unparalleled leader in California’s fight against climate change and its impacts like drought and wildfire, including: 
 

  • Helping pass California’s landmark law ensuring 100% clean energy by 2045.

  • Shepherding through the legislature groundbreaking vehicle emissions reduction standards that were later adopted nationally by the Obama Administration. 

  • Championing resource conservation standards as Chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water that addressed nearly seven decades of California-Colorado River water disputes and will guide our state for generations.

  • Protecting the Santa Monica Mountains as President of Mulholland Tomorrow.

  • Authoring legislation to avoid future drought by establishing permanent water efficiency standards across the state, making water efficiency a way of life for Californians.

  • Fighting for clean water for all in his 2021 legislation strengthening the state’s drought response in rural and small communities.

  • Helping pass 2020 legislation that greatly enhanced the financial penalties for oil spills.

  • Supporting a critical law that increased public oversight over the Air Resources Board and directed the Board to prioritize local emission reductions for greenhouse gas emitters.

  • Helping pass key legislation that mandated at least 35% of cap and trade funds go to disadvantaged communities.

  • Overseeing the passage of an historic parks bond to improve and safeguard state and local parks.

  • Championing the most significant changes to forestry protection laws in decades.

  • Enhancing protections in the California Endangered Species Act.

  • Writing 2021 legislation that improves drought preparedness for small and rural communities by making various changes to local drought and water shortage contingency plans and by enhancing coordination between local and state governments, small water suppliers, and rural communities.

  • Authoring a series of bills to enhance water management planning and enforcement, including requiring businesses to demonstrate enrollment with storm water discharge permits and ordering sewer services to disadvantaged communities that have inadequate onsite sewage treatment systems.

Additionally, after he termed out of the Assembly in 2002, Hertzberg became a global clean-energy entrepreneur, helping create one of the first solar manufacturing companies in South Los Angeles on Martin Luther King Boulevard, and later co-launching another solar company that produced inexpensive, lightweight solar panels used around the world. In recognition of his clean energy efforts in Rwanda, Bob received the “World Bank Award for Lighting Africa,” and the United Kingdom-based Guardian Magazine named him one of the “50 People Who Could Save the Planet”, among many other recognitions for championing clean energy throughout the world.

EDUCATION

A longtime believer in the power of a quality public education, Bob has been a consistent fighter for more investments in K-12 schools and affordable, accessible higher education for every Californian, including:
 

  • Co-authoring a 2000 bill that expanded California’s existing Cal-Grant program, guaranteeing funding for every qualified student who applied. 

  • Authoring a law establishing the Instructional Materials Funding Realignment Program (IMFRP), which provided funding to school districts to purchase instructional materials.

  • Creating a framework for school bonds to enhance funding for local schools that resulted in California voters passing multiple school bonds in 2000, 2002 and 2004 that provided over $70 billion to relieve overcrowding and repairs older schools.

  • Provided critical funding for the modernization of 38 new local schools in LA County, most in predominantly Latino communities.

  • Authoring a 2017 law ensuring every child has access to quality meals at school by requiring local educational agencies to ensure that a student who has unpaid school meal fees is not shamed, treated differently or served a meal that differs from what a pupil would ordinarily receive.

  • Having a major role in making the University of California’s 10th campus in Merced a reality.

PROTECTING WORKING PEOPLE

Bob Hertzberg has been an unrelenting champion for working people throughout his career, including:
 

  • Authoring a bill that maintained and enhanced occupational safety and health standards.

  • Writing a 2001 law establishing a system for the verification of farm labor contractor (FLC) licenses, with criminal penalties for specified wage violations.

  • Championing a 2017 bill that granted the Labor Commissioner authority to seek an immediate and temporary injunction when workers face retaliation for reporting violations of the law, as well as the direct authority to issue citations and penalties for retaliation claims.

  • Authoring a 2016 bill that enhanced requirements for employer payments on public works projects regarding prevailing wages.

  • Helping pass stronger protections for garment workers, requiring hourly wages over piecework, and penalizing manufacturers and brands for wage theft.

  • Supporting a law that regulates the use of quotas in warehouse distribution centers.

GOOD GOVERNMENT

Bob has also been a champion for good government laws throughout his career, including:
 

  • Writing the law that mandated the development of a user-friendly online filing and disclosure system for campaign finance and lobbying for the State Legislature.

  • Authoring a bill that enhanced transparency for state mailers.

  • Writing a law targeting the use of online bots used for political purposes.

  • Championing a law that enhance online transparency for filing campaign and lobbying reports.

  • Authoring a law that mandate stage agencies to make publicly available a list of all grants administered by that agency.

  • Championing a 2000 bill reducing the voter registration deadline.

EQUALITY

Bob has consistently received a 100% rating from Equality California, as well as the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. In addition, Bob authored the Women’s Contraceptive Equity Act, which required health care service plans to cover contraception.

DELIVERING FOR HIS DISTRICT

Over the course of his career, Bob has delivered over $1 billion in investments to his constituents, including:
 

  • Helping allocate over $100 million to purchase vital PPE for hospitals in LA County during the COVID-19 pandemic, including making COVID-19 testing more accessible, and protecting renters & homeowners.

  • Working on the MTA Orange Line, which provides transportation for working people.

  • Delivering sound walls along the freeways.

  • Helping to deliver the CSUN Performing Arts Center and transportation to CSUN.

  • Delivering critical funding to develop the Skirball Cultural Center.