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October 31, 2017

Sacramento Bee: Sen. Jerry Hill, a PG&E critic since the San Bruno pipeline explosion in his district in 2010, is among the lawmakers who are calling for an end to a common electric utility practice of recouping costs not covered by insurance through charges to ratepayers.

October 31, 2017

Mercury News: CalFire investigators have not determined what caused the wildfires. But the notion that ratepayers should bear the burden for any PG&E incompetence is unconscionable. The Legislature should guarantee that doesn’t happen by passing the bill Sen. Jerry Hill plans to introduce in January prohibiting the practice.

October 31, 2017

Mercury News: Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, a frequent PG&E critic, said the reports were “intriguing” but too preliminary to draw any conclusions. For one, the reports don’t indicate whether PG&E’s equipment contributed or sparked the fires or were damaged because of them.

October 31, 2017

Courthouse News: A 17-year-old woman has died from burns she suffered fleeing from a forest fire in Mendocino County, becoming the 43rd victim of Northern California’s recent firestorm.

October 30, 2017

NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit: “We’ve got an old system, that is prone to more problems and because of that, we’re in a vulnerable position,” Hill said. “And that’s what can lead to fires.”

 

October 30, 2017

Mercury News: Hill this year introduced legislation requiring law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies for tracking their weaponry. It’s amazing that police departments don’t already have such policies. Even more amazing, the bill stalled in committee, never making it to the Senate floor. How many more cases like Steinle’s will there be before lawmakers act? Bring the bill back next year and get it done.

 

October 30, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle: “This practice is an outrage,” state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said in a news release. “Victims of devastating fires and other customers should not be forced to pay for the mistakes made by utilities. It’s time to stop allowing utilities to push the burden of their negligence onto the backs of customers.”

October 30, 2017

Mercury News: “This practice is an outrage,” Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said in a statement Monday. He along with Democrat Senators Mike McGuire of Healdsburg and Scott Wiener of San Francisco and Assemblyman Marc Levine of Marin County said they will push the bill when the Legislature convenes in early January.

October 30, 2017

Los Angeles Times: "Victims of devastating fires and other customers should not be forced to pay for the mistakes made by utilities," state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) said.

October 27, 2017

CBS Sacramento/KOVR: “It’s an outrage that utilities would want to push the burden of their negligence onto the backs of customers,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo).