|Name||Robert M. "Bob" Hertzberg|
|Address||16633 Ventura Blvd |
Encino, California , United States
|| November 19, 1954
Jan 09, 2017 11:53pm
|Info|| Bob Hertzberg is an attorney, businessman, community leader and former elected official with the breadth of experience necessary to make City Hall work again. |
Hertzberg represented residents of the San Fernando Valley in the California State Assembly from 1996 to 2002, and was unanimously elected by both Democrats and Republicans to serve as Speaker of the Assembly from 2000 to 2002.
During his time in the Assembly, Hertzberg's energetic and bipartisan approach to problem solving earned him widespread recognition and success in addressing some of California's toughest problems, including the economy, education, traffic and crime.
Shortly after Hertzberg arrived in the state Assembly, he formed what later became known as the "Mod Squad," a coalition of moderate Democrats who opened up a dialogue between party legislators and business leaders.
As Speaker, Hertzberg presided over $1.5 billion in tax relief, including reduction of the Vehicle License Fee.
Hertzberg has also served on the boards of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., where he served as chair.
A longtime advocate for public education, Hertzberg spearheaded the nation's largest campaign to build new classrooms and repair older schools. Hertzberg also increased investment in the state's community colleges, and authored legislation that has provided $475 million in new textbooks and school supplies to date.
After leaving office, Hertzberg co-chaired an effort to give every four-year-old access to pre-school, an initiative which will provide new opportunities to over 100,000 children in Los Angeles County.
Understanding first hand that traffic congestion is one of the most pressing challenges facing the San Fernando Valley, Hertzberg delivered $145 million for the Orange Line and secured $10 million to improve the 101/405 interchange - the worst bottleneck in the nation. Hertzberg also brought home $16 million to synchronize traffic lights along Ventura, Victory and Sepulveda boulevards.
To support local law enforcement in the battle against increasing gang crime, Hertzberg overcame years of bureaucratic bickering to deliver funding for a regional crime lab which will give Los Angeles police and sheriffs the state-of-the-art tools needed to convict violent offenders.
Hertzberg also sponsored the legislation creating CLEAR, an effective anti-gang program. More than 90% of the CLEAR-related jury trials have resulted in convictions. District Attorney Steve Cooley called CLEAR "the most successful gang prevention program in California history."
For these efforts and others, Hertzberg was honored by the California Journal as a legislator representing "a pattern of conduct, an outlook and demeanor that exemplifies the best kind of public service."
After leaving the state Assembly, Hertzberg returned to the private sector, joining the law firm of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. He also co-founded Solar Integrated Technologies, a startup firm located in South Los Angeles, developing the next generation of roofing materials to convert sunlight into environment-friendly power.
And when Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor in an historic recall election, Hertzberg served as a key member of the governor-elect's transition team.
Hertzberg was born in Los Angeles and attended public elementary school in the City. Hertzberg received his J.D. from University of California's Hastings College of the Law in 1979 and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Redlands in 1976. He lives in Sherman Oaks with his wife, Dr. Cynthia Telles, a faculty member at the UCLA School
of Medicine. Together they have three children.