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Lawmakers Propose Response to 911 Outages, Senate Bill 566 Requirements Come Amid Regulator Silence

March 08, 2017

Half Moon Bay Review: State lawmakers have introduced legislation that may mitigate the effects of the Coastside Comcast and Verizon outages that occurred earlier this winter.

California Could Require Doctors to Tell Patients They’re on Probation

March 03, 2017

Sacramento Bee: At Monday’s hearing, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, emphasized that the patient notification efforts are not directed at the thousands of California doctors who do “excellent” work, but at the relatively few who wind up on probation for misconduct.

Proposed Law Could Halve Fines for Right-Turn-on-Red Violations

March 02, 2017

The Almanac
By Kate Bradshaw

Frank Viggiano of Palo Alto was recently slapped with a $490 fine when a red-light camera caught him turning right at a red light from El Camino Real onto Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park.

PG&E Pressured to Remedy Power Bills That are Shocking Customers

March 01, 2017

Mercury News: PG&E and state regulators should take steps to ease the sting of soaring power bills during the winter — a surge that could be followed by even worse rate shocks this summer and next winter — a key state lawmaker demanded on Wednesday.

How One State May Remove Secrecy That Protects Sexually Predatory Doctors

March 01, 2017

Atlanta Constitution-Journal: In California, lawmakers are trying, for a second time, to remove the shroud that lets doctors hide their transgressions from patients. A state Senate committee in Sacramento released a report last week listing 552 California doctors who are on probation for a wide variety of serious offenses — including 78 who engaged in sexual misconduct with patients. The report renewed an effort by California State Sen. Jerry Hill to force doctors to reveal their disciplinary history to every patient. Last year, Hill’s first attempt failed under heavy lobbying by California doctors.

Emergency Declaration Opens Door to Funding, Not to Quick Fix

March 01, 2017

Half Moon Bay Review: After severe storms in January and February flooded and closed Pescadero Creek Road in Pescadero, San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, and state Sen. Jerry Hill toured the damaged area. Shortly afterward, San Mateo County declared a local emergency for storm-related damage.

Editorial: Stop Hiding Doctors’ Egregious Behavior from Patients

February 28, 2017

East Bay Times: You deserve to know. It’s long past time for state lawmakers to require that doctors reveal their probationary status to patients. These are not physicians who have committed minor transgressions; they’re generally one step away from losing their California licenses to practice medicine after egregious behavior.

California May Limit Secrecy for Sexually Predatory Doctors

February 28, 2017

Atlanta Constitution-Journal: In California, lawmakers are trying, for a second time, to remove the shroud that lets doctors hide their transgressions from patients.

 

 

Ex-Federal Judge to Monitor PG&E's Safety Progress

February 28, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle: A PG&E critic, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, whose district includes San Bruno, said Tuesday that he was somewhat surprised by Filip’s selection. “He seems to have spent more time getting big companies out of messes than working to get them to clean up their messes,” Hill said.

New Bill Introduced to Promote Balcony Safety in California

February 28, 2017

Daily Californian: After a June 2015 balcony collapse in Berkeley, state legislators have introduced a new bill that aims to prevent future collapses by requiring inspections at least once every five years. Senate Bill 721 was authored by state Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and coauthored by state Senator Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley.