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State Senator Says PG&E Gas Rate Hikes Should Be Delayed

October 19, 2014

CBS SF Bay Area: State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) told Phil Matier on Sunday that gas rate hikes scheduled to take effect should be postponed.

Palo Alto to Ponder Its Lobbying Priorities, City to Discuss Strategy for Seeking Help from Its State, Federal Representatives

October 14, 2014

Palo Alto Weekly: Faced with pressure to build more housing, improve flood protection and plan for high-speed rail, Palo Alto officials will consider tonight their strategy for lobbying state and federal officials for help.

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.

Governor Brown Signs Martin’s Beach Law

October 01, 2014

Daily Journal:The public’s love affair with Martin’s Beach and efforts to reopen the contested property earned another supporter Tuesday as Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law requiring the wealthy owner to negotiate open access or potentially face a piece of his land being seized by the state.

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

October 01, 2014

Everything South City: Jerry Hill has authored 18 bills this past year - and Gov Jerry Brown has signed 16 of them.

Governor Brown Signs Limo Safety Bill After Bridge Tragedy

September 30, 2014

SF Chronicle/SFGate.com: In the wake of a limousine fire on the San Mateo Bridge that trapped and killed a bride and four other women, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that he had signed legislation requiring fire extinguishers on board and inspections by the California Highway Patrol.

Community Colleges Allowed to Give Four-Year Degrees

September 30, 2014

Daily Journal: Students at community colleges will soon be able to earn four-year degrees, as Gov. Jerry Brown just signed legislation to allow 15 college districts to take part in a pilot program for bachelor’s degrees, and San Mateo County’s community college district is striving to be one of those districts.

Judge Rules for Beach Access: Surfrider Prevails in Martin’s Beach Case

September 25, 2014

Daily Journal: The environmental activist group Surfrider Foundation succeeded Wednesday in its hotly contested case to compel the billionaire owner of Martin’s Beach to reopen his property to the public until the California Coastal Commission permits otherwise.