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Ex-Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg heads to Senate with long-term goals
Ex-Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg heads to Senate with long-term goals

The first surprise on a tour of Bob Hertzberg's new house in Van Nuys is the ice cream parlor, with the former state Assembly speaker's nickname on a neon sign: "Huggy's Soda Fountain." Next is a screening room with hot dog, cotton candy and popcorn machines, and then, in the garage, a shiny green 1958 Chevrolet Apache pickup truck. Across the yard by his office — "where I smoke my stogies, as you can smell" — he opens a door, reaches into a red box and pushes a button. A rolling metal grille, painted as false French doors, clanks open. Hidden at the edge of the lawn like a speak-easy is Hertzberg's tequila bar, its shelves lined with...

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