Press Releases

Senator Jerry Hill Opens 8th Annual Bill Idea Contest

November 27, 2015

Have a terrific idea for a much-needed new state law? Or maybe there’s a real turkey that you think should be off the books? State Senator Jerry Hill is accepting entries for his eighth annual “Oughta Be A Law…Or Not” contest for bill ideas from constituents, and encourages Peninsula and Silicon Valley residents to participate.

Senator Hill Celebrates La Honda Fire Brigade and the New Law Inspired by the All-Volunteer Force

November 20, 2015

State Senator Jerry Hill celebrates La Honda Fire Brigade and the new law inspired by the all-volunteer firefighting force at a “Java with Jerry” community coffee.

Hill Holds Safety Hearing on Wirefires Ignited by Power Lines

November 17, 2015

The California Senate Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety, chaired by State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo/Santa Clara Counties, holds an oversight hearing on wildfires in California. The hearing comes in the aftermath of September’s Butte Fire, which burned 70,868 acres in Amador and Calaveras Counties, destroyed 818 structures, and caused two fatalities.

In the News

Power Cuts Power Security

November 25, 2015

Gil Gross - Talk 910: The California legislature cut funds to the CPUC, and the CPUC cut security to power plants despite a new law mandating them. What's going on here, and why are we playing politics with our electricity?

Watchdog Group Says Californians Suffer as Lawmakers Punish the Public Utilities Commission

November 24, 2015

NBC Bay Area: State lawmakers' attempts to reign in the California Public Utilities Commission are not working as they had hoped. It appears that rate payers and California residents are going to bear the brunt of the legislators' punishment.

San Bruno: PUC Orders Fresh Investigations into PG&E's Conduct

November 24, 2015

San Jose Mercury News: - Regulators said Monday they have are investigating whether to punish PG&E for an array of improper communications with the state Public Utilities Commission regarding multiple proceedings linked to the company's electricity and gas systems, a fresh controversy for the embattled utility in the wake of a fatal explosion in San Bruno.

In My Own Words

La Honda Fire Brigade Wins “Oughta Be a Law” Contest

February 28, 2015

Half Moon Bay Review: The livelihood of the La Honda Fire Brigade relies exclusively on volunteers, from the 14 individuals who serve as firefighters to the board members who organize fundraising efforts like the annual pancake breakfast and crab cioppino dinner. Those events contribute toward the brigade’s annual $40,000 budget, which is all fundraised dollars.

Another View: SB 24 Will Be Good For Kids

February 05, 2015

Sacramento Bee Guest Op-Ed: In 1994, as mayor of San Mateo, I authored one of the state’s first anti-smoking ordinances. In 2012, my Assembly Bill 1301 was signed into law, requiring the state to suspend and revoke a store’s tobacco license if it repeatedly sells tobacco products to minors. This year, I’m authoring Senate Bill 24 to ensure that vapor shops and e-cigarette stores comply with California’s youth smoking-prevention laws.

Guest Op-Ed: What California Needs from the New CPUC President

December 16, 2014

Guest Op-Ed in the Daily Journal: The California Public Utilities Commission is a vital state agency, overseeing electrical, gas, telecommunications, water and transportation industries that together collect $50 billion in revenue from Californians each year.

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.