Press Releases

Senators Hill & Wolk Introduce Bill to Provide Emergency Response Funding for Accidents Involving Trains Carrying Crude Oil and Other Hazardous Materials

June 13, 2014

State Senators Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and Lois Wolk, D-Yolo, today introduced legislation that will levy a fee on railroad tank cars transporting crude oil and other hazardous materials in California to provide funding for developing and maintaining an emergency response system to deal with accidents and spills involving these materials.

Senator Hill’s Bills Face Crucial Votes As Deadline Looms

May 27, 2014

As Friday’s deadline approaches for bills in the Legislature to clear their house of origin, powerful interests are flexing their political muscle to try to kill legislation by state Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, that would enhance consumer protections, protect individual privacy, re-open Martins Beach and reduce pollution from automobile metal shredders.

Hill, City of San Bruno and Consumer Advocates Call for Limits on Utility-Funded Travel by CPUC President & Other Public Officials

April 10, 2014

State Senator Jerry Hill – joined by San Bruno City Manager Connie Jackson and Mark Toney, executive director of The Utility Reform Network (TURN) – will announce that with the filing of the latest statements of economic interests California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey has now accepted gifts totaling more than $230,000 in international travel and spent more than 200 days on these trips since he was appointed commission president in 2003, according to the filing of statements of economic interest with the Fair Political Practices Commission.

In the News

Nearly Four Years After Deadly Explosion, San Bruno Continues to Recover

July 31, 2014

The Examiner: It has been nearly four years since the deadly disaster, but its aftereffects have not passed. The explosion affected pipeline safety, sparking a series of new laws, procedural changes and fines.

PG&E, Our Indifferent Regulators, and the 8 Dead of San Bruno

July 30, 2014

Los Angeles Times: If you're curious about how Pacific Gas & Electric managed to flout gas line safety rules for years, and why there's reason to doubt that the California Public Utilities Commission will hold the company fully responsible for the explosion that destroyed a California neighborhood in 2010, here's the answer.

Editorial: Emails Show Brown Must Fire PUC Chief Peevey

July 30, 2014

Oakland Tribune: We knew Michael Peevey was PG&E's biggest ally in fending off accountability for the deadly San Bruno explosion. We knew the president of the California Public Utility Commission placed his cozy relationship with the utility above any responsibility to the public. We've been calling for his head for three years.

In My Own Words

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.

Information on Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

November 19, 2013

The heartfelt sympathy of all Californians is with the people of the Philippines in this time of crisis. The California Office of Emergency Services and the U.S. State Department have set up web pages where they are posting up-to-date information on Super Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda.

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.