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Hill, Gray & Hertzberg to Introduce Legislation Launching California’s Earthquake Early Warning System

February 05, 2016

State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo and Santa Clara counties), Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) and Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) will introduce legislation Monday to start funding a statewide earthquake early warning system to help save lives and protect the public before temblors strike.

The Fine Could Go Down For Rolling Right Turns On Red In California

January 20, 2016

KYMX CBS Local: A California Senate committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a bill reducing the $500 fine for rolling right turns on red. State Senator Jerry Hill says it makes sense to reduce the amount of the fine because of how it could financially hurt people in poverty.

State Pushes Bill To Reduce Red Light Fine

January 20, 2016

KABC LA: A state lawmaker is pushing a bill that would sharply reduce the fine for failing to come to a complete stop while making a right turn at a red light. Senator Jerry Hill from San Mateo says SB 681 addresses a fine hike passed into law in 1997 in which driving straight through a red light would result in a 500 dollar fine. Making the rolling right, was supposedly a lesser crime with a lesser fine.

Bay Area Lawmaker Proposes To Cut 'California Stop' Fines in Half

January 19, 2016

ABC 7/KGO: If you drive your car up onto the sidewalk, you can get a $250 fine. If you drive down the wrong way on a one-way street, that's another $250 fine. If you roll through a red light, you can get hit with a $500 fine. One local politician says it is not fair and it is time to change.

Legislation Proposes to Curb Excessive Use with $500 Drought Penalties

January 19, 2016

Daily Journal: As the drought drags on and many communities strive to meet state conservation mandates, one legislator is seeking to crack down on water wasters by publicly identifying and fining those using an excessive amount of the scarce resource.

Proposed Legislation Would Reduce Fine for Rolling Through Right Turns

January 15, 2016

Daily Journal: With more Californians outraged over the increased use of red light cameras to issue pricey tickets, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is reviving his efforts to reduce the fines for drivers who fail to come to a complete stop while making a right turn.

California Bill Focuses on Law Enforcement’s Safe Storage of Guns

January 14, 2016 Francisco Chronicle: A California state Senator is pushing for legislation that would require law enforcement officers to securely lock unattended handguns in their vehicles — a response to the summer shooting of Kathryn Steinle at San Francisco’s Pier 14 and other high profile crimes committed with stolen guns.

PG&E Culture Again Under Fire Amid Allegations of San Bruno Records Dump

January 14, 2016 Allegations that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. tried to dispose of important documents related to the fatal 2010 San Bruno pipeline rupture prompted outrage from public officials and questions about the company's purported progress.

Bid Returns to Restrict Rubber Crumb in Sport Turf

January 13, 2016

Cabinet Report: A California lawmaker is renewing his effort to have schools and other local governmental agencies think twice before installing artificial playing fields made with recycled tires – suspected by some of causing serious health issues among young athletes.

Recalled Limos are Similar to One that Caused Fire Killing Five Bay Area Nurses on San Mateo Bridge

January 13, 2016

Mercury News: In a quiet move stemming from the deaths of five nurses in a horrific fire, a specialty car maker has recalled hundreds of aging limousines similar to one that burst into flames on the San Mateo Bridge in 2013.