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June 15, 2018

CBS Sacramento/KOVR 13: It wouldn’t be the first time PG&E has filed for bankruptcy protection. The company filed in 2001 during California’s energy crisis. State Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Francisco) says PG&E executives have been at the Capitol threatening bankruptcy to get lawmakers to bail them out. “In this Capitol, they keep talking about the sky is falling, that they’re going to go bankrupt and what are we going to do, and they’re creating a lot of fear in the Capitol,” Hill said.

June 15, 2018

KCRA: Sen. Jerry Hill said Friday lobbyists with the utility have been in the Capitol and talking to lawmakers since January, claiming that if the company takes liability for the deadly wildfires, PG&E will go bankrupt. “They’re just trying to get a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card,’” Hill said.

June 12, 2018

Mercury News & East Bay Times: PG&E is a convicted felon with a reputation as the least-trusted utility in California. Cal Fire’s announcement Friday blaming the company for multiple Northern California fires last October adds to the outrage. It’s imperative that the California Public Utilities Commission and the state Legislature hold Pacific Gas & Electric Co. financially responsible for any failure to prudently maintain its power lines. 

June 11, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle: The latest damning revelations about Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s role in a dozen Wine Country wildfires should extinguish any attempt to preemptively pardon the company. With every completed fire investigation pointing to PG&E equipment, and criminal probes proceeding in two-thirds of them, the lobbying to limit the company’s liability looks even more inappropriate than it did before.

June 11, 2018

CBS Sacramento: “Climate change or any new normal doesn’t ignite a fire. It takes a spark. And when you have a utility that has been negligent, that has broken the law, that causes the spark,” said Hill.

June 11, 2018

KQED: State fire officials on Friday shed new light on the causes of the deadly October wildfires in Northern California. And they are blaming PG&E equipment for many of them. Twelve of the fires were caused by electrical problems, officials said.

June 11, 2018

Greentech Media: State Sen. Jerry Hill, a vocal critic of PG&E in the wake of the San Bruno disaster, issued a statement Friday calling for prosecutors to view the new report “in context with PG&E’s long history of falling short on system safety and maintenance.”

 

June 11, 2018

Cision / PRWeb: Study.com is proud to announce that Senator Jerry Hill has selected its Working Scholars program as the Nonprofit of the Year for California’s 13th Senate District. The program gives residents of select Bay Area cities the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree at no cost. The award was given as part of California Nonprofits Day on June 6.

June 11, 2018

Natural Gas Intelligence: Senate Bill (SB) 819, which is pushed by utility critic state Sen. Jerry Hill, would prevent utilities from passing any liability costs to customers if utility negligence is involved. The bill passed the full Senate last month.

June 09, 2018

ABC 6: “Climate change and the so-called new normal do not ignite fires. The Cal Fire findings today show that suspected negligence by PG&E did,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, a Redwood City Democrat, a longtime critic of the utility.