In the News

May 02, 2012

A year ago, Caltrain was considering draconian service cuts to address a $30 million shortfall. But now it plans to add more trains.

With a balanced budget projected for the upcoming fiscal year, the agency is recommending introducing six more trains to its schedule, increasing the daily total from 86 to 92.

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May 01, 2012

Since the California High-Speed Rail Authority has no way to verify whether its consultants have real or perceived conflicts of interest, according to the Bureau of State Audits, Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, will amend a proposed bill to require all subcontractors to file statements of economic interests.

The statements will help bring greater transparency to the rail project, he said.

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April 21, 2012

With the recent dissolution of more than 400 redevelopment agencies across the state, support for affordable housing will be diminished by at least $1 billion annually.

To make up the shortfall, a Bay Area lawmaker is proposing to impose a $75 fee on documents recorded by real estate agents in the state to raise about $700 million annually.

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April 06, 2012

When most of us think about solar power, we think of homes with rooftop panels saving homeowners money while generating clean energy in the California sun. Yet residential customers are far from the only users contributing to the rapid growth of solar power in our state. Many schools and school districts are turning to solar to slash their utility bills.

March 30, 2012

Local politicians, community leaders, educators, parents and students all turned out to Westborough Middle School on Friday afternoon to watch the ceremonial switch get thrown that will turn on the new solar panels that were purchased with funds from the Measure J bond.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Assemblyman Jerry Hill joined members of the South San Francisco School District and City Council, as well as representatives from Chevron, in speaking to the crowd before the solar panels were turned on.

March 20, 2012

The bill to upgrade Pacific Gas and Electric Company's aging network of natural gas pipelines will cost $2.2 billion. The utility didn't need to look far to find someone to pay for it.

It's you.

The utility plans to bill its customers for 84 percent of the fixes mandated by regulators, charging ratepayers for all but $370 million of the work, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

March 19, 2012

It was a landmark event when the California Public Utilities Commission fined Pacific Gas & Electric Co. $16.8 million in late winter for its failure to conduct required surveys of possible gas leaks on about 14 miles of pipelines in Contra Costa County.

That figure ought to be multiplied exponentially when the PUC gets around to fining the big utility company for similar failings that led to the massive 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno and leveled 38 homes.

March 14, 2012

Menlo Park residents have a big transportation decision to make in the coming months: whether to support the electrification of Caltrain.

Joined by Caltrain and San Mateo city officials, Assemblyman Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) held a news conference at the downtown San Mateo Caltrain Station on Tuesday morning to encourage residents to get on board with the electrification of Caltrain.

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March 11, 2012

In the coming weeks and months, the California Public Utilities Commission will assess penalties against PG&E for the gas explosion that killed eight people and leveled 38 homes in San Bruno in 2010, and decide how much PG&E customers must pay to test and replace hundreds of miles of old gas pipelines.

Michael Peevey will be in the middle of it all.

February 17, 2012

SAN MATEO (KCBS) – Mark Harvin was 18, and high on crystal meth and alcohol, when he broke into a garage that turned out to belong to a state assemblyman a decade ago.

“To call me a burglar is to give me too much credit. When I ended up in Jerry’s backyard, I was in a drug induced psychosis,” Harvin said Friday, sitting beside the man he now credits with saving his life.

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