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Hill to Unveil Legislation Removing Michael Peevey as a Member of the Public Utilities Commission

October 08, 2014

State Senator Jerry Hill – joined by San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane and San Carlos Mayor Mark Olbert – will hold a news conference to announce he will introduce a measure when the Legislature reconvenes Dec. 1 that would remove California Public Utilities (CPUC) President Michael Peevey should he be reappointed. A new set of emails released this week disclosed quid pro quo arrangements between Peevey and a top Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executive.

Governor Signs Senator Hill's Bills to Protect Consumers, Improve Oversight of Utilities and Reopen Martins Beach

September 30, 2014

Governor Brown has signed 16 bills by Senator Jerry Hill including legislation to protect consumers, improve oversight of utilities and reopen Martins Beach on the San Mateo County coast.

Governor Signs Martins Beach Legislation

September 30, 2014

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed Senator Jerry Hill’s legislation to 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.

In the News

Peninsula District Officials Concerned About Losing Money from ‘Rainy-Day Fund’ Initiative

November 24, 2014

Daily Journal: The passage of Proposition 2 in November was heralded by supporters for its creation of a state rainy day fund, but language within capping reserves for individual school districts in certain years is generating concern among administrators who contend the money held there helps get through periods of uncertainty.

Editorial: New Community College Bachelor’s Degree Serves California Well

November 23, 2014

San Francisco Chronicle: The UC Regents’ controversial tuition increase has just made it harder for the state’s struggling middle class to get a four-year degree from California’s most renowned public university, but there is some good news.

State Senator Says Bay Area Not Prepared For Crude Oil Trains

November 23, 2014

CBS San Francisco: Phil Matier talks with state Senator Jerry Hill who believes that Bay Area emergency crews are not properly prepared to handle the hundreds of tanker trains bringing shale crude oil from the Dakotas to local refineries.

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.