In the News

September 03, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown has a piece of legislation on his desk now that is the product of Assemblyman Jerry Hill’s “Ought to Be a Law” contest that would create a pilot program to link the state’s community colleges with local chambers of commerce to promote business development and job creation.

August 31, 2012

SACRAMENTO -- Hoping to keep more than 100 mentally ill violent sexual predators from roaming California's streets, the Legislature on Thursday passed a bill designed to solve a new problem that's tying judges' hands.

August 31, 2012

State lawmakers are set to vote on a pension reform measure today endorsed by Gov. Jerry Brown that labor groups call “horrible” and conservatives say “doesn’t go far enough.”

If Assembly Bill 340 is approved, new formulas will be put in place that will require public employees to work later in life and receive less benefits. The plan will only impact new employees and could save the state nearly $60 billion over a 30-year period.

August 27, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring workers to discuss child-safe car seats when releasing children from hospitals or other medical centers.

The governor's office announced Brown's signature on Monday.

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August 27, 2012

San Mateo and two other counties will not forfeit extra property taxes to the state under a proposal by Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, that tweaks an early redevelopment cleanup bill and means more than $1 million annually for local schools, cities and special districts.

The trailer bill eliminates the provision that counties with excess Educational Revenue Augmentation Funds after funding local schools not receive the balance. For San Mateo, Napa and Marin counties, that part of the redevelopment agency bill passed in June meant the loss of $3.2 million.

August 27, 2012

Sacramento -- Facing a Friday deadline for passing legislation, state lawmakers sent dozens of bills to Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, including one that grew out of the deadly Pacific Gas and Electric Co. pipeline explosion in San Bruno two years ago.

The state Senate also approved a ban on the hunting of bears and bobcats using dogs, a bill that had been strongly opposed by hunters and some rural residents.

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August 23, 2012

California State Parks officials intend to create a hole in the annual sandbar at Pescadero Marsh later this year in hopes of preventing an annual die-off of native fish and endangered species.

Under the plan, the state agency will allow officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dig a channel twice over the coming months. The channel will create an estuary between the marsh lagoon and the ocean, keeping oxygen levels stable and, they hope, averting a mass suffocation of fish.

August 22, 2012

Nearly two years after the San Bruno explosion that killed eight people, PG&E hasn't backed away from its outrageous assumption that ratepayers should shoulder the cost of bringing the utility's pipelines up to acceptable standards.

PG&E maintains that its customers should pay for about 85 percent of the safety work that the utility skimped on to drive up profits. The PUC will make a recommendation soon on who will foot the $5 billion bill. The regulators should make it clear that PG&E shareholders should pick up the bulk of the costs.

August 20, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO -- Assemblyman Jerry Hill said Monday that PG&E's customers should not have to pick up the nearly $5 billion tab for proposed work to fix the company's "gross mismanagement" of its "failed" gas pipeline system.

Instead, state regulators should force Pacific Gas & Electric to use shareholder money to pay for the safety upgrades the company announced in the wake of the deadly San Bruno blast, said Hill, D-San Mateo, standing before the Public Utilities Commission building.

August 07, 2012

City and state leaders, transportation officials and residents gathered at the steps of San Bruno City Hall today to kick off—in old time fashion—the 100th anniversary celebration of the first paving of El Camino Real.

As speakers recalled how far the Peninsula thoroughfare has come since the first segment was paved at El Camino and San Bruno Avenue in 1912 in San Bruno, others joined in the celebration to be part of the historic moment—some with vintage costumes and cars, thanks to the San Mateo County Historical Association and Mid-Peninsula Old Time Auto Club.