Press Releases

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

New Emails Shed More Light on Cozy Ties Between PUC and PG&E, and Involvement of Governor's Office

October 06, 2014

Mercury News: PG&E on Monday released a fresh batch of emails that show top state officials, including a key adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown and two members of the California Public Utilities Commission, were involved in discussions on an array of issues crucial to PG&E, including a controversy over a gas pipeline in San Carlos and a PG&E rate case.

Heat Grows for CPUC President: Protesters Demand Removal after San Bruno Mayor, Legislators Call for Probe

October 03, 2014

Daily Journal: A group of protesters gathered on the steps in front of the California Public Utilities Commission’s building in San Francisco Thursday morning demanding the removal of commission president Michael Peevey.

New California Law Forces Public Access Road to Martin's Beach

October 01, 2014

NBC Bay Area: A movement to reopen a popular surfing beach in San Mateo County was given a boost on Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law requiring the State Lands Commission to negotiate with Martin's Beach owner Vinod Khosla to acquire a public access route.

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.