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Superbug Infections Must Be Listed on Death Certificate Under Proposed Bill

December 05, 2016

Los Angeles Times: State Sen. Jerry Hill introduced a bill Monday that would require doctors to record antibiotic-resistant infections on death certificates if they played a role in the death.

Utilities Commission Reforms: Take 3

December 05, 2016

San Diego Union-Tribune: The bill from state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would impose a series of changes at the California Public Utilities Commission that failed to make it through the Legislature this past summer or were vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year.

Editorial: State Must Fight to Open Martins Beach

December 04, 2016

San Francisco Chronicle: State regulators charged with protecting coastal access need to take a stand against a billionaire bully who is demanding $30 million to allow surfers to reach Martins Beach, a crescent-shaped cove near Half Moon Bay. Venture capitalist and Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla, who has been blocking the only road to the beach since 2010, has shown that he simply cannot be reasonable.

Officials Want Public Utilities Commission Corruption Probe Revived

December 02, 2016

NBC Bay Area: The three officials who lobbied for the the corruption probe back in September 2014 — State Senator Jerry Hill, Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin and San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane — wrote a letter Friday urging Governor Jerry Brown’s replacement for Kamala Harris, Xavier Becerra, to press the effort.

Martins Beach: Will State Use Eminent Domain Against Vinod Khosla?

December 01, 2016

Mercury News: Senator Hill said he will press the commission to choose eminent domain. He is preparing legislation to address the funding gap and expects to make an announcement before the commission hearing. He said he plans to address the commissioners Tuesday and urged members of the public to do the same.

Op-Ed: How Millions in Lobbying Watered Down legislation After Berkeley Balcony Collapse

December 01, 2016

Sacramento Bee: In the 2015-16 legislative session, the building industry spent more than $3 million lobbying on measures, including [Senator] Hill’s bill, and opposed a requirement that licensees notify the Contractors State License Board within 90 days of settling a claim of alleged construction-related misconduct.


Board Wants to Pull Llcense of Firm in Berkeley Balcony Collapse

November 30, 2016

San Francisco Chronicle: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said he would like cities to review other work by Segue to ensure they meet city building standards and are safe. Hill said his office contacted the city of Half Moon Bay and San Mateo County alerting them to a previous project by Segue and to ask whether that work has been inspected for possible defects. Segue was the contractor for a senior affordable housing community that opened in Half Moon Bay last year.

Martins Beach: Key Vote Looms in Public-Access Battle

November 29, 2016

Mercury News: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, whose 2014 legislation prompted the negotiations between the commission and Vinod Khosla, said Tuesday he is still hopeful the commission will opt for condemnation. He said he plans to address the commission at the Capitol Event Center in Sacramento and urged members of the public to do the same.

A Terrible Coincidence: The Risks of Playing on a Synthetic Grass Court

November 22, 2016

Univision 19/KUVS: Sandra Cervantes reports on two studies that are underway in California over the repercussions of the use of synthetic elements in public places.

Autonomous Cars: Calif., DOT in Turf War Over Robocar Regulation

November 22, 2016

Greenwire: Automakers are calling for the state to step aside and let the federal government proceed with its purposely flexible guidance. But safety advocates say neither proposal goes far enough to ensure road safety, and one key California senator said the Golden State should control its own road rules.