In the News

March 27, 2018

Daily Journal: The project before officials is a product of exhaustive bargaining between council members and state legislators. The range of residential development is about half the size of the builder’s initial proposal. Draft legislation authored by state lawmakers last year (was) designed to force housing development at the Baylands. Though the bill spearheaded by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, was never formally proposed, it was seen by Brisbane officials as a shot across the bow in the battle over local control.. 

March 27, 2018

Comstock's: Senator Hill says the utilities are trying to cast the problem as fallout from climate change so they can put the costs on customers instead of cutting into their profits.

March 21, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle: Several of the steps mirror those taken by San Diego Gas and Electric Co. after devastating wildfires swept through its territory in 2007. “San Diego Gas and Electric learned those lessons in 2007, and they’re following those practices, but it looks like PG&E is late to the game,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, who chairs the Senate subcommittee on utilities. “This is an outstanding effort, and it’s a pity these steps weren’t taken sooner, such as after the Butte Fire in 2015.”

March 21, 2018

CALmatters: “If the utilities get the governor and the Legislature to change the liability rules, then what stake will they have in the game? There’s no reason for them to use best practices, to act responsibly, because they’re going to get bailed out,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, a San Mateo Democrat.

March 18, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle: PG&E lobbyists are seeking state legislation that would exempt utility companies from the doctrine [of inverse condemnation], said Sen. Jerry Hill. “They want it done before the investigations are complete and the causes have been identified,” said Hill, D-San Mateo.

March 15, 2018

Los Angeles Times: Asking the highest court to declare the California Coastal Act unconstitutional doesn't just threaten a cherished and sound law that establishes the public's access to its beaches, it could erode efforts to provide that kind of coastal access across the nation.

March 15, 2018

ABC 7/KGO-TV: Last October's massive wildfire desvastated parts of Sonoma and Napa counties. Because of these increasing wildfires and extreme weather events, PG&E announced a comprehensive Community Wildfire Safety Program.

March 15, 2018

East County Today: SB 822 is co-authored by Senators Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), Bill Dodd (D-Napa), Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg), Bill Monning (D-Carmel), and Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), and Assemblymembers Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), David Chiu (D-San Francisco), Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco), and Phil Ting (D-San Francisco.)

 

March 14, 2018

Lexology.com: Senator Jerry Hill authored SB465, and his office is presently now drafting legislation on settlement reporting based in part on this study.

March 12, 2018

Climate Liability News: “I’m finding that utilities are trying to confuse the issue,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, who chairs the subcommittee on gas, electricity and transportation safety. “Climate change might have spread the fires more quickly, but it didn’t start the fires.”