In the News

September 30, 2017

Los Angeles Times: A responsible board should never wait for the Legislature to pass laws before performing its maintenance duties and addressing potentially dangerous conditions in its association. That said, this year Senate Bill 721, written by Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), was introduced to address the issue of unsafe decks, balconies and elevated walkways.

September 27, 2017

Mercury News: We are advocating that specific, large scale solution. SB 797, introduced by Senators Jerry Hill, Jim Beall, Bob Wieckowski and Scott Weiner, would allow voters in the three “Caltrain Counties” of Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco to hold a joint election to permanently fund the operations, maintenance and expansion of the popular Caltrain commuter rail service.

September 27, 2017

Daily Journal: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, noted the need for continued financial support from the state as cities look to mitigate potential effects of high-speed rail. “We need more grade separations, this is the first down payment. We hope, expect, to partner more with the High-Speed Rail Authority as time moves on and as that train gets closer to our area of San Mateo and San Francisco,” Hill said.

September 26, 2017

KRON 4: Senator Jerry Hill wants maximum penalties against any officer who fails to follow the rules on gun storage. He already put a law on the books that require police officers take the same precautions as civilians when handguns are left unattended in vehicles.

September 26, 2017

The Almanac: SafeSpace held a two-day grand opening on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16, when organization co-founder Susan Bird named Ms. Martin as the new managing director. State Sen. Jerry Hill made an appearance at the Saturday event, as did Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith.

September 25, 2017

Valley Center Happenings: There are good bills amidst the hundreds of bills awaiting the Governor’s signature. Helping local school districts save for special projects or financial emergencies was impacted by a cap that was placed on school reserves in 2014. This year, I supported SB 751, by Senators Jerry Hill, (D – San Mateo), and Steve Glazer (D – Orinda), simplifying restrictions and exempting many districts from the cap.

September 24, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle: In the mind of state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, the officers’ unique position only heightens their responsibility. And in some cases, he said, the “irresponsible behavior” is clear. “A carpenter has a tool belt that carries his tools all day and he doesn’t think much about it when he tosses it in his car, but there’s a major difference between a gun and a hammer,” Hill said. “It becomes a custom that they follow, but they need to wake up to the fact these are dangerous weapons, especially in the wrong hands, and when they are stolen, they invariably wind up in the wrong hands.”

September 23, 2017

Daily Journal: This weekend is about celebrating the achievements supporters of Self-Help for the Elderly have made at the Central Park senior center. Rosalyn Koo tracked down as many of the original councilmembers that approved their lease more than 25 years ago as she could. Current San Mateo and Millbrae councilmembers; state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo; supervisors Carole Groom and David Canepa; as well as U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, are expected to join in the celebration.

September 23, 2017

Daily Journal: Caltrain and San Mateo officials will be holding a special celebratory event Tuesday to kick off the 25th Avenue grade separation project, which aims to ease traffic congestion by raising the tracks above the road. As part of the improvements, Caltrain will also build a new elevated Hillsdale Station at East Avenue. The ceremony will be at 31st Avenue and Delaware Street, and will feature state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, Mayor David Lim, Councilwoman Maureen Freschet and City Manager Larry Patterson, among other officials.

September 22, 2017

NBC Bay Area: Through it all, state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) wonders whether the utility has learned its lesson. “These are pretty damning and damaging,’’ he said of the latest emails, adding that he is concerned about the three year delay in their release.