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At Issue: Electoral College Reform

November 20, 2016

CBS San Francisco, KPIX: Phil Matier and state Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) discuss ways to improve the Electoral College.

PG&E Loses Ruling in San Bruno Explosion

November 17, 2016

Mercury News: “This affirms what we saw during the trial, what we have known all along, which is that PG&E was guilty of criminal activities and actions,” said state Senator Jerry Hill said. “The fact that PG&E is a convicted felon is the most significant part of this entire legal episode.”

Editorial: Abolish the Electoral College

November 16, 2016

Mercury News: The Electoral College is no way to pick a president. California Sen. Barbara Boxer knows it, and so should any American voter interested in stopping the distorted way in which the United States elects its president.

Drought Policies, Price of Water Lands in Court: Hillsborough Residents Sue Town Over Charging Penalties for Excessive Water Use

November 16, 2016

Daily Journal: Hillsborough, like many others throughout the state, responded to state mandates by setting up allotments for customers and issuing penalties for those who went over — also known as excessive use charges. For each 748 gallons a customer went above their allotment, they were issued a $30 penalty, according to the city. The concept stems from the State Water Resources Control Board and local state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, recently had legislation signed by the governor that affirms providers can set up excessive use charges.

Lawmakers Consider More Community College Bachelor Degrees

November 02, 2016

San Diego Union-Tribune: At the end of the hearing, Senator Hill indicated that he was ready to face obstacles that may be ahead ... "We’ll fight the politics when the time comes,” he said.

Gun Stores in Northern California Getting Hit Harder by Thieves

November 01, 2016

NBC Bay Area: The number of guns stolen from gun shops in California nearly doubled between 2013 and 2015. Last year, more than 400 guns were reported stolen from California gun stores, according to ATF data. And those are just a fraction of all guns stolen in California.

Tour Bus Crash That Killed 13 Underscores Gaps in Safety Regulations

October 26, 2016

Los Angeles Times: The 43 people who headed out on a motor coach earlier this week to play slot machines at a Salton Sea casino likely had no idea they were betting their lives on what some consider an inadequate patchwork of federal and state protections.

Local Agencies, Organizations to Participate in 'Great California Shakeout' Earthquake Drill

October 20, 2016

Lake County News: The Great California Shakeout comes just weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown signed new legislation to help California be more prepared in the case of large earthquakes.  SB 438 by State Sen. Jerry Hill establishes the California Earthquake Early Warning Program and Advisory Board within the Office of Emergency Services to advance the implementation of the program and spur further investment in the early warning system. 

Martins Beach Owner Sues State Panels, County

October 17, 2016

Mercury News -- Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla has opened yet another front in the long-running legal war over public access to his coastal property, Martins Beach, this time accusing a pair of powerful state agencies of violating his constitutional rights.

Reporters' Notebook

October 14, 2016

Daily Journal: The Burlingame City Council unanimously approved the request of Jerry Hill to have the city become the Kettle Corn Capitol of Kansas, it was reported Oct. 8 by the Osage County Herald-Chronicle. Before your brow stays crinkled like it is right now after reading that, it is not our Burlingame, and not our state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo.