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June 08, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle: Cal Fire’s decision to send its findings to district attorneys for possible prosecution, Hill said, showed the company was likely negligent. He scoffed at PG&E’s prior comments blaming the fires on climate change and what the company calls “the new normal.” “Climate change and ‘the new normal’ do not ignite fires,” Hill said. “Fires are started the old-fashioned way: negligence by PG&E.”

June 08, 2018

Marin Independent Journal: State Sen. Jerry Hill said Cal Fire’s conclusions suggest the company is far from a hapless bystander in this instance. “The old normal is still in place, which means PG&E once again is negligent,” he said. “The investigation’s conclusions show that PG&E is still acting in the old-fashioned way of being negligent and violating state law.”

June 08, 2018

Bloomberg: In a Friday interview, California state Senator Jerry Hill challenged the idea that climate change was to blame for the Wine Country fires, saying “climate change and the new normal don’t ignite fires.”

June 07, 2018

Mercury News:  A state senator introduced legislation Thursday to require local fire departments to make annual reports on their safety inspections following a Bay Area News Group investigation, and some departments said the rate of inspections this year was already improving. Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said S.B. 1205, would “help prevent the heartbreaking loss of life and destruction caused by fires in buildings that do not meet safety standards.”

June 07, 2018

Stateline: But advocates for ratepayers and wildfire victims say the current system works just fine, and that it gives utilities an incentive to trim nearby trees and invest in their infrastructure. “They should not get a Get Out of Jail Free card,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill. The Democrat has been a vocal critic of investor-owned utilities since 2010, when a Pacific Gas & Electric pipeline exploded in his Bay Area district, killing eight people.

June 06, 2018

Mercury News/ East Bay Times: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has the right idea. Responding to our reporting, he promises to quickly introduce legislation requiring that fire departments prepare annual reports on how well they are following the law.

June 05, 2018

Mercury News: The proposal from Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, comes in response to a Bay Area News Group investigation that exposed how the region’s biggest fire departments routinely fail to perform the annual inspections in buildings where hundreds of thousands of Californians live and go to school.

June 04, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle: A bill that passed the state Senate last month — SB819 — would prevent utility companies from passing liability costs on to their customers if negligence was involved. One of the bill’s authors, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said a disaster relief fund, if created, must not give the companies a way to evade responsibility for poor performance or violating regulations. “There should not be a bailout if they’re negligent,” he said.

June 03, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle: State Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat whose district includes San Bruno, has warned that if Cal Fire investigators blame the Wine Country fires on negligence by PG&E, he may try to break up the company, which serves nearly 16 million people across Northern and Central California. “That’s a serious consideration,” Hill said Friday. “They may be too big to succeed.”

June 01, 2018

Bloomberg: "It sounds at first like an attempt to diffuse or avoid responsibility on the part of the utilities,” said California State Senator Jerry Hill, a Democrat. “It wouldn’t surprise me if this is their trial balloon they are throwing out.”