Philanthropy Now podcast: California Senator Bob Hertzberg: Reforming the state's system of traffic fines

With our Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

Californians pay the highest traffic fines in the country. For many, these fines can lead to cycles of debt. A recent report has shown that these fines disproportionately affect low income communities and communities of color. California Senator Bob Hertzberg joins Gina Dalma, vice president of government relations for SVCF in a conversation about how California got here and how reforms are beginning to help individuals. The discussion closes with advice from Sen. Hertzberg on how organizations can effectively push for policy reform.

Gina Dalma, vice president of government relations for SVCF,
and California Senator Bob Hertzberg.


What you will learn:

  • Why California has the highest traffic fees and fines in the country.
  • The staggering number of Californians who have lost their licenses.
  • How this is affecting communities of color.
  • Why Senator Hertzberg says incarcerating people for offenses related to failure to pay is a waste of resources.
  • What SB-185 aims to do, and why it’s been difficult to push through.
  • Critical things organizations can do to influence legislation.

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