Former Assemblywoman Linda Halderman alleged that he gave her an unwanted embrace in 2010 that she considered to be assault.
Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, was reprimanded by the state Senate for hugging fellow legislators and staffers, according to documents released Thursday, and he said that while there was no illicit intent behind his actions, he will respect the reprimand.
“Even so, I understand that I cannot control how a hug is received, and that not everyone has the ability to speak up about the unwelcome behavior,” Hertzberg said. “It is my responsibility to be mindful of this, and to respect the Rules Committee’s request to not initiate hugs.”
An investigation into Hertzberg’s behavior began in December when a former Assemblywoman, Linda Halderman, alleged that he gave her an unwanted embrace in 2010 that she considered an assault. That led two other legislators to express concern about Hertzberg’s penchant for hugging.
Hertzberg noted the investigation found that “the claim brought forward in December was not supported.” He also sent a letter to his Senate colleagues, explaining that hugging “has been my way of greening friends and colleagues” his whole life, and he considers them “a gesture of warmth and kindness and a reflection of my exuberance.”
L.A. City Council to impose new fines in crackdown on ‘party houses’
On Wednesday, February 21st, the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to rein in out-of-control party houses in Los Angeles. The ordinance creates a series of escalating fines against the homeowners or those who rent from them, who use their homes for massive gatherings that disturb neighbors, block the public right-of-way, and threaten public safety. It includes increasing fines of up to $8,000. The ordinance also requires those who violate the ordinance to post a public notice for 30 days notifying neighbors of their unlawful conduct.
The new law, first proposed by Councilman David Ryu in 2016, expands the definition of “loud and unruly conduct” to include loud noises, obstruction of a street or public right-of-way, public intoxication and more.
The ordinance, which was supported by a variety of neighborhood councils and community organizations, is meant to dissuade property owners from renting out their homes to professional party-throwers and reduce the likelihood of future violations, freeing up law enforcement personnel for other purposes.
“Too often, we have seen people renting out their homes for the express purpose of turning it into a venue for elaborate events,” Councilmember Paul Koretz noted. “These aren’t barbeques or birthday parties, these are massive events with cover fees and throngs of people tossing cigarette butts in fire prone areas. Trying to control them has been a challenge for the City because the laws and jurisdictional authority have not been clear. This ordinance changes that.”
The new ordinance provides the City with a focused set of procedures and punishments to better address the phenomenon.
“With this new ordinance, the party is over for these completely out-of-hand neighborhood headaches,” said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. “With escalating fines into the thousands of dollars, this ordinance has the teeth to help us continue our house party prosecutions with greater effectiveness.”
Call and Email L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger TODAY!
It’s time for Supervisor Barger to do more, and call on Gov. Jerry Brown to shut down Aliso Canyon before he leaves office.
CALL her TODAY! (213) 974-5555
Supervisor Barger has agreed that:
Aliso Canyon is not safe
Residents are too sick
AND we don’t need it for energy reliability.
She worked to keep Aliso Canyon closed to gas injections when Governor Brown push to open it. Now we need her to make a final stand in Brown’s last year. Call on Governor Brown to use his authority to shut down Aliso Canyon now, not in ten years!
We want Supervisor Barger to pass a resolution like LAUSD did to call on Gov. Jerry Brown to #ShutItALLDown!
Save Porter Ranch Monthly Meeting Wednesday, February 7, 7-9pm
Are you sick of all the latest leaks? Want to do more to help us shut down Aliso Canyon? Join us at the next Save Porter Ranch monthly meeting to get more involved with our campaigns to shut down Aliso Canyon, get a health study, Dr. Nordella’s study, and more.
Mark your calendars for the first Wednesday of every month for the Save Porter Ranch monthly meeting.
And please bring your checkbook, cash or credit card so you can donate to SPR! Ask your neighbors to help even if they can’t be at the meeting.
What:Save Porter Ranch Monthly Meeting When: Wednesday, February 7, 7:00-900pm, social/food from 7:00-7:30, meeting from 7:30-9:00pm Where:9666 Lemona Ave, North Hills, CA Bring: small dish of food to share, notebook, pen
IF YOU ARE SICK OR SMELL GAS, take these steps to report it!
Call 1-800-CUT-SMOG or 1-800-288-7664 and report odors to the South Coast Air Quality Management District
Our own Devonshire division of LAPD has published an app specifically tailored to our community so you can stay informed and connected with important public safety information. The app has info on real time crime data, filing a police report, youth programs, and much more.
It’s important that our public safety personnel remain connected to the people and communities they serve. I want to thank the Devonshire Division leadership for developing this app and using modern tools to better communicate with the people they protect and serve.