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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.

California State Senator Jerry Hill Demands Investigation Into California Public Utilities Commission

September 19, 2014

NBC Bay Area: There is no mincing words in the matter: California State Senator Jerry Hill is demanding the state’s top law enforcement official open a criminal investigation into the California Public Utilities Commission.

Officials Demand Attorney General Probe PUC for Improper Emails in Case Linked to San Bruno Blast

September 18, 2014

San Jose Mercury News: Three political leaders from the Peninsula said Thursday they want the state Attorney General to investigate the Public Utilities Commission and improper communications aimed at influencing which PUC judge would oversee a gas rate case linked to a fatal explosion in San Bruno.

Hill: Martin’s Beach Bill Still Has Bite

September 18, 2014

Half Moon Bay Review: Earlier this year, state Sen. Jerry Hill signaled that seizing a private dirt road for the public good could be the only way to restore access to the secluded Martin’s Beach. In a controversial step, he made eminent domain a centerpiece of legislation he authored and helped shepherd through the Legislature.

CPUC President's Ousted Aide May Come Back as Judge

September 18, 2014

The top aide to the head of the California Public Utilities Commission, forced from her post after e-mails showed she intervened in the selection of an administrative law judge to hear a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. rate case, is on paid leave from the agency but retains her current civil service rank - administrative law judge, The Chronicle has learned.

PG&E and the PUC Oust Several Key Officials in Wake of Email Flap

September 16, 2014

Mercury News: PG&E and the state Public Utilities Commission announced the ouster of several top officials as a result of controversial email exchanges that critics charge indicated a troublingly close relationship between the two.

Senator Jerry Hill to Propose Legislation Allocating Pipeline Explosion Fine Toward Safety Measures

September 05, 2014

San Francisco Examiner: Amid concerns that a significant portion of a $1.4 billion fine levied against PG&E in the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion would go toward the state's general fund, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, plans to introduce legislation to ensure the bulk of the fine is dedicated to pipeline safety measures.

Political Leaders Agree: The Time for a Statewide Earthquake Early Warning System is Now.

September 04, 2014

UC Berkeley News Center: Last week’s 6.0 Napa earthquake was a wake-up call not only for the wine country. The shaking was also felt in Sacramento and San Francisco, galvanizing a host of politicians to go on record urging immediate funding for a statewide earthquake early warning system.

PG&E to be Penalized $1.4 Billion for San Bruno Explosion

September 02, 2014

Mercury News: State regulators on Tuesday proposed a $1.4 billion penalty to punish PG&E for its role in a fatal natural gas explosion in San Bruno -- but the amount is far below the $2.25 billion recommended by regulatory staff and consumer groups.

Bipartisanship Rules This Year in Sacramento

August 30, 2014

Mercury News: Maybe Californians should start calling their Legislature the anti-Congress.