In the News

April 30, 2013

San Francisco Chronicle: Caltrans' decision to use 1,200 suspect bolts for the new Bay Bridge eastern span drew fire Monday from state legislators and a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

April 26, 2013

San Mateo County Times: Sen. Jerry Hill selected San Mateo painter Kevyn Warnock as Artist of the Year for the 13th Senate District. Her painting, "Fishing at Moss Landing," will hang in the Senate gallery through September 2014.

April 26, 2013

Sacramento Bee: One day after Gov. Jerry Brown called his education financing plan a civil rights issue and promised opponents "the battle of their lives," Senate Democrats said Thursday that their counterproposal is better for low-income students.

April 26, 2013

Palo Alto Weekly: Dancing along with the jubilant Stanford Tree and the university's marching band, 300 people celebrated the 50th anniversary of Abilities United, the Palo Alto nonprofit organization that helps children and adults with developmental and other disabilities. State Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblyman Rich Gordon presented resolutions to awardees...

April 25, 2013

Mercury News: Gov. Jerry Brown has a fight on his hands over his sweeping plan to overhaul the way public education is funded -- and it's coming from fellow Democrats. A day after Brown warned legislators they would face the "battle of their lives" if they challenged his proposal, Senate Democrats offered their own plan, which they characterized as more equitable to all schools.

April 23, 2013

Daily Journal: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has challenged both Pacific Gas and Electric and the agency that governs it, the California Public Utilities Commission, to step up and make the state’s gas delivery system safer after the San Bruno pipeline explosion and fire that killed eight in 2010.

April 22, 2013

Press-Enterprise Editorial: Public safety should not be an afterthought for state regulators. The California Public Utilities Commission needs to change lax institutional attitudes and do a better job of protecting Californians. Ensuring that utility operations do not endanger the public is a fundamental duty of state oversight.

April 19, 2013

Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert: The California Legislature's ongoing public battle with the state agency that regulates oil and gas pipelines continued to escalate this week, with one senator asking CPUC President Michael Peevey to "justify your continued appointment" in front of a Senate subcommittee next week.

April 19, 2013

Sacramento Bee Editorial: Assembly members blasted Paul Clanon, executive director of the California Public Utilities Commission, on Wednesday for tolerating a cozy relationship with utilities while ignoring safety. Lawmakers' anger is clearly justified, but their aim this week was too narrow. Commission President Michael Peevey and the governor deserve to share in the shellacking, as does the Legislature itself.

April 19, 2013

San Francisco Chronicle Editorial: The state Public Utilities Commission is losing credibility big time. An employee survey showed that safety was downplayed and the regulatory agency was too chummy with the utilities it oversees. Remember, this is the state outfit that oversaw the PG&E gas line that exploded in San Bruno, killing eight people.