Welcome to Hertzberg’s Heroes! Team Hertzberg periodically highlights individuals and entities that are heroic in their dedication to improving lives in the San Fernando Valley and beyond. If you know someone we should recognize as a Hertzberg Hero, please let us know at Senator.Hertzberg@sen.ca.gov!

A longtime San Fernando Valley resident, Robina Suwol is the founder and Executive Director of California Safe Schools — an organization that advocates for environmental justice — and she is passionate about protecting the health of schoolchildren. Suwol formed California Safe Schools in March 1998, after her young son was accidentally sprayed with pesticides while on…


Welcome to Hertzberg’s Heroes! Team Hertzberg periodically highlights individuals and entities that are heroic in their dedication to improving lives in the San Fernando Valley and beyond. If you know someone we should recognize as a Hertzberg Hero, please let us know at Senator.Hertzberg@sen.ca.gov!

The entertainment industry is a vibrant part of life and business in the San Fernando Valley. We are proud to be home to studios, soundstages, production companies and talent. The economic impact of the industry spreads far beyond those who directly create movies, music and television, including dry cleaners, caterers, and many other local businesses that…


Welcome to Hertzberg’s Heroes! Team Hertzberg will often highlight an individual or organization that exemplifies heroism through their dedication to making life better for the San Fernando Valley. Have a Hero to suggest? Submit your idea to Senator.Hertzberg@sen.ca.gov!

We have all missed a lot during the past fourteen months — visits with friends and loved ones, meals at restaurants, worship services, attending the theatre, going to sporting events and festivals, among many other activities. The common denominator is that we miss being around people, and sharing a sense of community. …


Welcome to Hertzberg’s Heroes! Every month, Team Hertzberg will highlight an individual or organization that exemplifies heroism through their dedication to making life better for the San Fernando Valley. Have a Hero to suggest? Submit your idea to Senator.Hertzberg@sen.ca.gov!

Talented artists like the students at Exceptional Minds are working to make their dreams come true as future animators. Do you remember what cartoons you watched growing up? Some of us watched them on Saturday mornings in front of a television, or read cartoon strips from a newspaper. Since then, technology has evolved to provide seemingly unlimited access to animated entertainment…


Welcome to Hertzberg’s Heroes! Every month, Team Hertzberg will highlight an organization or individual that exemplifies heroism through their dedication to making life better for the San Fernando Valley. Have a Hero to suggest? Submit your idea to Senator.Hertzberg@sen.ca.gov!


Welcome to Hertzberg’s Heroes! Every month, #TeamHertzberg will highlight an organization or individual who exemplifies heroism through their dedication to making life better for the San Fernando Valley. Have a Hero to suggest? Submit your idea to Senator.Hertzberg@sen.ca.gov!


Millie Jones

Welcome to Hertzberg’s Heroes! Every month, Team Hertzberg will highlight an organization or individual who exemplifies heroism through their dedication to making life better for the San Fernando Valley. Have a Hero to suggest? Submit your idea to Senator.Hertzberg@sen.ca.gov!

Millie Jones, a longtime public servant in the San Fernando Valley, discovered the importance of public service from the lessons she learned from her father about giving back to their community. Some may know her from her role as a Deputy for former County Supervisor Mike Antonovich or for her work for former Councilmember Mitch Englander. To many, Millie…


Ira Freeman, Community Pharmacist

Welcome to the final Hertzberg’s Heroes of 2019! Every month, Team Hertzberg has highlighted an organization or individual who exemplifies heroism through their dedication to making life better for the San Fernando Valley. Have a Hero to suggest for 2020? Submit your idea to Senator.Hertzberg@sen.ca.gov!

Ira Freeman is not only a well-established small business owner in the Valley; he is also deeply rooted in the communities he serves. He has owned and served as the pharmacist at Key Pharmacy since it opened in 1964. …


Melissa McQueen & Keith Russell, Hope of the Valley

Welcome to Hertzberg’s Heroes! Every month, Team Hertzberg will highlight an organization or individual who exemplifies heroism through their dedication to making life better for the San Fernando Valley. Have a Hero to suggest? Submit your idea to Senator.Hertzberg@sen.ca.gov!

For San Fernando Valley residents, it’s not uncommon to see sidewalks and underpasses lined with tents and sleeping bags. Our statewide homelessness crisis is heartbreaking to every community and corner it touches, however it has inspired some to simply give back. …


CSUN Student Kenny Uong

Welcome to Hertzberg’s Heroes! Every month, Team Hertzberg will highlight an organization or individual who exemplifies heroism through their dedication to making life better for the San Fernando Valley. Have a Hero to suggest? Submit your idea to Senator.Hertzberg@sen.ca.gov!

On a bustling quad in between classes, Kenny Uong sits outside his favorite campus coffee spot. My staff met with Kenny about a month after he attended a Metro (Metropolitan Transit Authority) Community Meeting in the North Valley. …

Senator Bob Hertzberg

Clean energy entrepreneur and former Assembly Speaker currently representing the San Fernando Valley in the California State Senate

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