In the News

July 17, 2014

Mercury News: A state agency recently criticized for weak investigations and soft penalties has quietly slashed by 75 percent its fine against a limousine company whose car burned on the San Mateo Bridge last year, killing five women on their way to a wedding party..."Those fines should have been much higher," said state Senator Jerry Hill.

July 10, 2014

Contra Costa Times: After years of scathing criticism over failures to make sure PG&E natural gas pipelines don't blow up and passengers can get out of burning limousines, a state agency on Thursday adopted a "safety-first" policy.

June 21, 2014

Daily Journal: The battle to reopen Martin’s Beach to the public will proceed in Sacramento Tuesday, despite a near hostile legislative amendment induced by politicians’ fear of using eminent domain and alleged lobbying efforts afforded by the billionaire landowner.

June 19, 2014

Fresno Bee: As part of the budget they approved Sunday, legislators added seven rail-safety inspectors. They also included a 6.5-cent fee proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown on each barrel of crude oil that comes to California by rail. The $11 million or so raised annually will be used to prevent and clean up oil spills, especially in inland waterways.

June 05, 2014

Los Angeles Times: In classic detective novels, a plucky investigator sometimes spots the license number of a suspicious car and wheedles his pals at the DMV to "run the plate" and match it with a name and address. But modern technology has exponentially increased the amount of license plate information available to law enforcement and to a thriving private industry of license plate scanners. A bill that would have set privacy standards for the collection and storage of license plate data has stalled in the state Senate, but the issue isn't going away.

May 02, 2014

Capital Public Radio: Two bills dealing with credit card security will be taken up over the next week in California legislative committees. Recent data security breaches at Target and other big retailers prompted the legislation.

May 01, 2014

Los Angeles Times: The state Senate on Thursday approved a measure aimed at preventing the nonmedical use of antibiotics in farm animals in California to make them grow bigger.

April 30, 2014

NBC Bay Area: The multibillion dollar metal recycling industry may finally see some changes when it comes to the regulation of metal shredder waste — the byproduct of destroyed cars and recycled appliances. State senator Jerry Hill’s proposed legislation to rescind special privileges granted to the industry by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) passed through the senate Environmental Quality Committee on Wednesday.

April 28, 2014

Los Angeles Times: The state Senate on Monday approved a measure that would crack down on the growing number of Internet websites that post booking photos of those arrested until a fee is paid to take them down.

April 26, 2014

Daily Journal: A “deep commitment to art” in the local community is the reason Ruth Waters, founder and executive director of the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame, is what landed her as the woman of year for the 13th Senate District.