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October 16, 2017

Mercury News: Meanwhile, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-Redwood City, a frequent PG&E and PUC critic, said he plans to hold a hearing on the fire and particularly explore whether there was any shirking of vegetation-maintenance requirements, as has been the case with the utility in the past.

October 13, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, wonders whether the programs that PG&E and California’s other big utility companies use to guard against fires are truly effective, for all the money spent on them. And he wants the California Public Utilities Commission to more closely scrutinize how the companies spend that money, to ensure the utilities are doing everything they should.

October 12, 2017

NBC Bay Area: State Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) said Thursday he hopes to convene a hearing on PG&E’s vegetation management practices. He welcomed the probe, which came as he had written a letter urging state regulators to make sure the utility preserves fire related evidence.

October 12, 2017

Half Moon Bay Review: It wasn’t all good news for open-access proponents, however. On Monday, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation that would have provided a funding mechanism for state agencies to claim a portion of the property by eminent domain. State Sen. Jerry Hill’s SB 42 would have provided a legislative solution to a problem that appears stalled in the courts.

October 12, 2017

Daily Journal: School districts will be able to stash more money for a rainy day in reserve funds through the governor’s signature to create a new law authored by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo.

October 11, 2017

NBC Bay Area: “The utility is supposed to make sure that their lines are safe and their trees are safe and there is no contact or potential for that,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, who has been critical of the way PG&E maintains its equipment and trims trees around power lines.

October 11, 2017

Mercury News: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is the chair of the state Senate Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety. He was already planning a hearing on the extent to which utilities are living up to state maintenance standards.

October 11, 2017

Daily Journal: On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 793, authored by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, enabling San Mateo County to take advantage of a process that allows public entities to ensure the best value in construction project contracts — a move that would expedite the county’s five-year, $444 million capital improvement plan.

October 11, 2017

Palo Alto Weekly: Senate Bill 797, which was authored by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, authorizes a measurefor a sales tax of no more than one-eighth of a cent. The measure would have to be approved by Caltrain's partner agencies in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and then by at least two-thirds of the voters in the three counties.

October 10, 2017

Merrcury News: “If it turns out that PG&E is responsible for this fire and negligent for not putting in the resources or for diverting the resources,” Hill said, “then I will be the first one to stand up and say we need to dissolve PG&E as a private company and form a public utility. We would not have the confidence or trust in them in the future. Nor should we.”