In the News

August 17, 2017

Rewire: “I am concerned about the action by the board and the Department of Consumer Affairs’ response to it, and will be following up on this matter,” said Senator Hill.

August 16, 2017

Sacramento Bee: In the vast majority of instances, Californians can trust their health to their doctors and nurses. Not so the organizations that represent doctors and nurses – or the Assembly Business and Professions Committee, which appears to need a backbone transplant. That’s the lesson Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is learning as he pushes two bills that would allow the boards that license and regulate doctors and nurses to continue operating beyond the end of the year.

August 14, 2017

Daily Journal: Everyone complains about traffic. Highway 101 seems impossible almost any time of the day but especially during peak hours. Even peaceful Interstate 280 gets crowded. The proposed solution is a three-county, eighth-cent sales tax, which would have to be approved by San Mateo, San Francisco, and Santa Clara county voters, to provide that permanent source of funding.

August 03, 2017

Southern California Public Radio/KPCC: Physicians on probation are already required to notify the hospital where they practice and their malpractice insurer. "They're not required to notify the most important person in the health care continuum, which is the patient. And that's ridiculous," says [Senator Jerry] Hill.



July 27, 2017

Los Angeles Times: Before you schedule a physical for your teenage daughter, wouldn’t you like to know if her physician has been put on probation by the state medical board for inappropriately touching young female patients? Similarly, wouldn’t you want to know if the surgeon who’s about to operate on you had been sanctioned for operating while under the influence of drugs? These shouldn’t even be questions. 

July 24, 2017

CALmatters: Three years ago, the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown finally approved a very limited experiment, allowing 15 community college districts to offer one four-year degree each in a field that UC and the CSU system ignored. Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo, introduced a bill this year to expand the experiment to 25 districts and give it longer to prove itself. And the Senate agreed. However, Senate Bill 769 faced tough opposition from UC, the CSU, the California Faculty Association and the California Teachers Association...

July 21, 2017

KRON4: Caltrain says the project is expected to provide substantial economic and environmental improvements to the popular train line. Electrifying the Caltrain system from San Francisco to San Jose, since 1999, has been a lofty goal for the train service. Now, with shovels now in the ground, that is becoming a reality.

July 21, 2017

Los Angeles Times: Over seven years, California has spent $430 million on low-emission vehicle subsidies to help lower the cost for car buyers. Now the state Legislature is looking to extend that by another seven years, but with a price tag of $3 billion.

July 19, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle: Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has authored SB797, which would give the three counties in Caltrain’s domain the authority to ask voters for an eighth-cent sale tax to raise about $100 million a year. That would cover the annual contributions by those three counties, while leaving up to $70 million a year for maintenance and new infrastructure.

July 19, 2017

Mercury News: As current and former chairs of the Caltrain board of directors, we are happy and thankful that state Sen. Jerry Hill has introduced a bill to address Caltrain’s longstanding need for a permanent, dedicated funding source.