In the News

October 18, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle:  State Sen. Jerry Hill, who has pushed to reform PG&E ever since the San Bruno blast, warned that he will try to break up the utility if its negligence caused the fires. The fires have displaced tens of thousands of people, killed at least 41 and incinerated entire neighborhoods of Santa Rosa. “If we find that in this particular case — and we don’t know the cause yet — then frankly I don’t think PG&E should do business in California anymore,” said Hill, D-San Mateo. “They’ve crossed the line too many times. They need to be dissolved in some way, split.”

October 18, 2017

SFist: A state senator is suggesting that PG&E will have to be broken up if it turns out to be found guilty of negligence in causing the wildfires that ripped through Northern California over the last nine days, and the first of what is likely to be a tsunami of lawsuits has been filed by a couple who lost their home to the Tubbs Fire.

October 16, 2017

EdSource: Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, and Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, negotiated a compromise in Hill’s SB 751.

October 16, 2017

Mercury News: Meanwhile, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-Redwood City, a frequent PG&E and PUC critic, said he plans to hold a hearing on the fire and particularly explore whether there was any shirking of vegetation-maintenance requirements, as has been the case with the utility in the past.

October 13, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, wonders whether the programs that PG&E and California’s other big utility companies use to guard against fires are truly effective, for all the money spent on them. And he wants the California Public Utilities Commission to more closely scrutinize how the companies spend that money, to ensure the utilities are doing everything they should.

October 12, 2017

NBC Bay Area: State Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) said Thursday he hopes to convene a hearing on PG&E’s vegetation management practices. He welcomed the probe, which came as he had written a letter urging state regulators to make sure the utility preserves fire related evidence.

October 12, 2017

Half Moon Bay Review: It wasn’t all good news for open-access proponents, however. On Monday, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation that would have provided a funding mechanism for state agencies to claim a portion of the property by eminent domain. State Sen. Jerry Hill’s SB 42 would have provided a legislative solution to a problem that appears stalled in the courts.

October 12, 2017

Daily Journal: School districts will be able to stash more money for a rainy day in reserve funds through the governor’s signature to create a new law authored by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo.

October 11, 2017

NBC Bay Area: “The utility is supposed to make sure that their lines are safe and their trees are safe and there is no contact or potential for that,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, who has been critical of the way PG&E maintains its equipment and trims trees around power lines.

October 11, 2017

Mercury News: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is the chair of the state Senate Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety. He was already planning a hearing on the extent to which utilities are living up to state maintenance standards.