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PG&E Gets Poor Marks in Natural Gas Safety Report

October 08, 2015

Fox 2 - KTVU: According to a scathing report commissioned by the California Public Utilities Commission that was released Thursday, PG&E continues to violate many laws related to the safety of its natural gas system.

PG&E Still Failing to Maintain Adequate Records, Investigation Finds

October 08, 2015

Mercury News: "PG&E still has a lot of problems," said state Sen. Jerry Hill, whose San Mateo County district includes San Bruno. "They claim their culture has changed, how they operate has changed, but it's still business as usual at PG&E."

California Poised to Be 1st State to Outlaw Human Antibiotics in Livestock

October 08, 2015

San Francisco Chronicle: This has been the year of antibiotics awareness in the food industry. Giant food corporations like McDonald’s, Tyson, Foster Farms and Costco all announced plans to phase out meat raised with antibiotics.

BAYMEC Honors Hill at Annual Gala

October 08, 2015

The Bay Area Reporter: The Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee, or BAYMEC, held its annual gala October 3 at the Fairmont San Jose. The event drew hundreds of Peninsula and South Bay political leaders, LGBT community members, and supporters. BAYMEC leaders and honorees included state Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), who received the Richard Gordon Legislator of the Year Award.

Hill Seeks Traffic Relief Through Tax

October 07, 2015

Half Moon Bay Review: Among the bills awaiting a signature from California Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk is one that could prompt action to address worsening traffic in San Mateo County. [Note: Gov. Brown signed SB 705 after this article had gone to press.]

CEQA Litigation Abuse Undermines Purpose of Landmark Environmental Law

October 06, 2015

Davis Vanguard: The California Environmental Quality Act, better known as CEQA, was landmark legislation passed in 1970 in order to create a statewide policy of environmental protection. While CEQA does not directly regulate land use, it requires local agencies in particular to follow a specific protocol of analysis and public disclosure of environmental impacts of a proposed project – and to study potential mitigation measures to reduce the environmental impact.

California Governor Considers Landmark Law To Limit Antibiotics In Livestock

October 01, 2015

CBS SF Bay Area: California may be about to get another first-of-its kind law that could dramatically change the way farm animals are treated.

Feds Won't Say If Artificial Turf on Your Kid's Soccer Field Is Safe

September 30, 2015

NBC News: "I think the federal government should step up to the plate," said Jerry Hill, a California state senator who proposed legislation this year that would have postponed the installation of new fields until a comprehensive study was performed. "We want to know, 'Is this a product that is safe for our children, and protecting their health, or is it not?'"

State to Return $320K Tax Funds to LAH

September 30, 2015

Los Altos Town Crier: While Mayor Courtenay Corrigan thanked the governor, Senators Beall and Jerry Hill and State Assemblyman Rich Gordon, Los Altos Hills City Manager Carl Cahill and the city council also credited Corrigan for her steadfastness.

East Bay Cellphone Surveillance Plan Gets Attorney General’s Support

September 30, 2015

Reveal: The use of cell-site simulators is under heightened scrutiny both in California and nationally. The U.S. Department of Justice recently issued nonbinding guidelines requiring its law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant to use cellphone tracking technology and barring them from collecting call or data content without express written approval. But the rules do not cover local law enforcement, which is governed by a patchwork of state laws.