In the News

March 09, 2017

Daily Journal: As efforts to secure public access to the secluded Martins Beach wind through the courts, new legislation could prepare the state to pay the wealthy property owner if officials opt to proceed with eminent domain. Details were revealed Wednesday on a proposal by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, to equip the State Lands Commission with funds to buy an easement at the contended property just south of Half Moon Bay.

March 09, 2017

Mercury News: Because of so many customer complaints, State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, directed his staff to research utility rates, usage, weather data and other information, using PG&E bills that customers provided. “What we saw was that the charges were correct, but we did notice that the system itself was failing us,” Hill said.

March 08, 2017

Half Moon Bay Review: State lawmakers have introduced legislation that may mitigate the effects of the Coastside Comcast and Verizon outages that occurred earlier this winter.

March 03, 2017

Sacramento Bee: At Monday’s hearing, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, emphasized that the patient notification efforts are not directed at the thousands of California doctors who do “excellent” work, but at the relatively few who wind up on probation for misconduct.

March 02, 2017

The Almanac
By Kate Bradshaw

Frank Viggiano of Palo Alto was recently slapped with a $490 fine when a red-light camera caught him turning right at a red light from El Camino Real onto Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park.

March 01, 2017

Mercury News: PG&E and state regulators should take steps to ease the sting of soaring power bills during the winter — a surge that could be followed by even worse rate shocks this summer and next winter — a key state lawmaker demanded on Wednesday.

March 01, 2017

ABC10: There's another rate hike possibly coming your way. Walt didn't forget about this story. He's got the latest in his Blender.

March 01, 2017

Atlanta Constitution-Journal: In California, lawmakers are trying, for a second time, to remove the shroud that lets doctors hide their transgressions from patients. A state Senate committee in Sacramento released a report last week listing 552 California doctors who are on probation for a wide variety of serious offenses — including 78 who engaged in sexual misconduct with patients. The report renewed an effort by California State Sen. Jerry Hill to force doctors to reveal their disciplinary history to every patient. Last year, Hill’s first attempt failed under heavy lobbying by California doctors.

March 01, 2017

Half Moon Bay Review: After severe storms in January and February flooded and closed Pescadero Creek Road in Pescadero, San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, and state Sen. Jerry Hill toured the damaged area. Shortly afterward, San Mateo County declared a local emergency for storm-related damage.

February 28, 2017

East Bay Times: You deserve to know. It’s long past time for state lawmakers to require that doctors reveal their probationary status to patients. These are not physicians who have committed minor transgressions; they’re generally one step away from losing their California licenses to practice medicine after egregious behavior.