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Senator Hill, Assemblymember Mullin & San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane to Deliver Letter to State AG Calling for Investigation of Back-Channel Communications Between CPUC & PG&E

September 18, 2014

Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin and San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane hold a news conference calling upon state Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate apparent violations of law involving the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and its communications with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. regarding the penalty case for the fatal 2010 explosion of a PG&E gas pipeline in San Bruno, as well as other cases that affect PG&E rates.

Supporters of Public Access to Martins Beach Join Senator Hill for News Conference Urging Governor to Sign SB 968

September 11, 2014

State Senator Jerry Hill – joined by San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley and members of the Surfrider Foundation and Sierra Club – will hold a news conference outside the closed gate to Martins Beach to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign Senate Bill 968. Hill’s bill would require the State Lands Commission to enter into negotiations with Silicon Valley billionaire and Martins Beach property owner Vinod Khosla for one year, in an effort to re-open the beach near Half Moon Bay to the public.

Hill to Introduce Bill Earmarking Bulk of Proposed $1.4 Billion Fine Against PG&E to Gas Pipeline Safety

September 04, 2014

State Senator Jerry Hill will announce he is introducing ratepayer protection legislation to ensure that the bulk of the $1.4 billion fine against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for the deadly 2010 San Bruno explosion is spent on pipeline improvements and related safety measures. State regulators announced the proposed fine this week, just days before the fourth anniversary of the disaster.

In the News

California State Senator Jerry Hill Demands Investigation Into California Public Utilities Commission

September 19, 2014

NBC Bay Area: There is no mincing words in the matter: California State Senator Jerry Hill is demanding the state’s top law enforcement official open a criminal investigation into the California Public Utilities Commission.

Officials Demand Attorney General Probe PUC for Improper Emails in Case Linked to San Bruno Blast

September 18, 2014

San Jose Mercury News: Three political leaders from the Peninsula said Thursday they want the state Attorney General to investigate the Public Utilities Commission and improper communications aimed at influencing which PUC judge would oversee a gas rate case linked to a fatal explosion in San Bruno.

Hill: Martin’s Beach Bill Still Has Bite

September 18, 2014

Half Moon Bay Review: Earlier this year, state Sen. Jerry Hill signaled that seizing a private dirt road for the public good could be the only way to restore access to the secluded Martin’s Beach. In a controversial step, he made eminent domain a centerpiece of legislation he authored and helped shepherd through the Legislature.

In My Own Words

Time to Negotiate a Solution to Martins Beach Access

August 12, 2014

San Francisco Chronicle Guest Editorial: It’s time for everyone involved with the Martins Beach public access issue to sit down and negotiate a solution. The public has been deprived of this natural treasure since 2010 and it could be several more years before the court battles get resolved.

Guest Perspective: Dalip Singh Saund, Inspiring Leadership

May 05, 2014

Daily Journal: A couple of years ago, I met a constituent whose family history now reminds me how inspiration comes from all corners. Sometimes we discover it anew. Sometimes it’s purely by coincidence.

California Democrats Propose Universal Preschool for 4-Year-Olds

January 08, 2014

Mercury News:In a move that would broadly expand public education, California Democrats on Tuesday proposed creating universal preschool for 4-year-olds, to try to enroll more children from immigrant and low-income families.

Past Press Conferences

Hill to Introduce Bill Creating Oversight of PUC Giveaways

December 18, 2012

PUC Will Vote Thursday on $150 Million Grant Funded by Ratepayers

Hill to Urge CPUC to Reject PG&E's Proposal to Saddle Ratepayers with 95 Percent of Costs to Repair Gas Transmission System

August 20, 2012

Assemblyman will also accuse utilities of trying to kill his legislation that would prohibit ratepayer money from being used to give utility executives bonuses for cutting maintenance costs and, according to Hill, compromising safety

Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and Mark Toney, executive director of The Utility Reform Network, call on California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to reject Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s ratepayer-gouging proposal.