In the News

July 05, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle: Whether it’s due to climate change, sprawl, negligence or all of the above and more, the growing threat of wildfires certainly warrants legislative attention. But lawmakers should, as a coalition of insurers put it this week, “resist pressure to bail out at-fault utilities.”

June 29, 2018

KSBW: State Senator Jerry Hill of San Mateo introduced SB 1448 back in April. It requires doctors to notify patients if they're on probation for serious offenses like sexual misconduct. No profession is immune to abuses of trust and authority. But physicians hold a special place of respect and compensation. That Oath of Hippocrates guides them: “First, do no harm.” Hiding misconduct only allows perpetrators to continue.

June 29, 2018

Half Moon Bay Review: With sweeping ocean views and a check in hand that was large both literally and figuratively, state and local leaders celebrated at what will be the trailhead to the Tunitas Creek Beach County Park on Friday.

The gathering commemorated the state’s allocation of $6 million to increase the public’s access to “coastal treasures” Tunitas Creek Beach and Martin’s Beach. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state budget on Wednesday.

June 29, 2018

East Bay Times: Efforts to restore a stunning mile-long stretch of remote oceanfront property seven miles south of Half Moon Bay that has been marred in recent years by rowdy overnight beach parties and piles of trash received a major boost this week: $5 million in Gov. Jerry Brown’s new state budget.  The funding was inserted into the state budget by State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Los Altos, and Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-San Mateo. It will be distributed by the state Coastal Conservancy.

June 29, 2018

CBS 5/KPIX-TV: State and local officials have been locked in a years-long battle with a landowner over access to Tunitas and Martins beaches on the San Mateo coast. Now, money in the new state budget just signed by Gov. Brown could change all that. Devin Fehely reports.

June 29, 2018

KRON-TV: California has budgeted $6 million to help San Mateo county protect and improve access to two scenic beaches.One of the spots is Martin's Beach. The subject of a long-running legal battle between the billionaire who owns the land surrounding it and the Surfrider Foundation. 

This beautiful slice of the California Coast is known as Tunitas Creek Beach, and in the near, future it will become a county park.

June 29, 2018

ABC 7/KGO-TV: New facilities are coming to a San Mateo County beach known for big parties and the mess left behind. At a press conference Friday morning, State Sen. Jerry Hill, Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin Mullin, and Assembly Member Marc Berman announced $5 million in state funds will go to creating the Tunitas Creek Beach County Park. They also announced funding to establish a public right-of-way to nearby Martins Beach.

June 29, 2018

NBC Bay Area: San Mateo County is ready to spend millions to give people access to beaches along the pacific coast. The money will open access to a new beach, Martins Beach, and end a years-long battle over access to Tunitas Creek Beach.

June 29, 2018

Courthouse News: “Our goal is to have the gate at Martins Beach open from sunup to sundown every day of the year,” said state Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo. “The entire public should be able to enjoy it and not just some billionaire.”

June 28, 2018

Mercury News: The new state budget that Brown signed on Wednesday contains three paragraphs that would create a new $1 million account within the State Lands Commission, giving the agency a key tool to acquire a public easement over the road that runs from Highway 1 through Khosla’s property to the sand. Most important, the language, inserted by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, in a budget trailer bill SB 854, also allows the commission to acquire the easement using eminent domain if Khosla refuses to sell.