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May 02, 2017 All surveillance is political. Nowhere is this more evident than on the local level when law enforcement acquires new surveillance technology. Too often, the political process advantages police over the public interest. In California, a new bill—S.B. 21—offers the rare opportunity to shift the balance in favor of privacy. 

May 02, 2017

Capitol Weekly: If the DMV proceeds on its current course, there may be another answer. State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has introduced S.B. 145, which would remove the 180-day waiting period from statute. Should the bill become law, permit applications for safety updates would require only the usual modest delays associated with administrative review.

May 01, 2017

NBC Bay Area: Blaming state regulators for allegedly violating a court order, BART lawyers want a regulatory judge’s blessing to seek sanctions against the safety enforcement arm of the Public Utilities Commission that it believes provided NBC Bay Area with the in-cab video of the 2013 accident that led to two worker deaths. One critic of BART, State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, says the transit agency should not be devoting a half million dollars or more to fight a state regulatory agency over the accident. BART should, instead, focus on improving safety in light of the deaths four years ago.

May 01, 2017

Peninsula Press: The Opportunity Center celebrated its 10-year anniversary on April 29 with a gathering at its Palo Alto location. Guest speakers, including Sen. Jerry Hill of the California 13th District and Mayor Greg Scharff of the City of Palo Alto, congratulated the center on its achievements.

April 27, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle: Courtroom foreign-language interpreters walked off their jobs in Alameda County on Wednesday and plan another one-day walkout Thursday in San Francisco, saying regional court officials are refusing to negotiate over changes in benefits that will cut into their paychecks. The California Federation of Interpreters union held its first walkout last week in San Mateo County. More walkouts in the 15-county coastal Northern California region are likely if the impasse continues. The protest has drawn support from six Bay Area legislators, who urged court officials to increase interpreters’ pay and said the state has made funding available for interpreter services. “At a time when immigrant communities are vulnerable ... this issue is more critical than ever,” the lawmakers said in a letter to Yuen last week. It was signed by state Sens. Nancy Skinner, Jerry Hill and Scott Wiener and Assembly members Rob Bonta, David Chiu and Mark Stone.

April 27, 2017

KPBS: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said he is frustrated that the commission is likely to again refuse to make the records public during a meeting Thursday. “What we need to see are the facts that were used to make the decision of that allocation for the closure and then the public will either accept it or be able to argue against it,” Hill said.

April 27, 2017

Ed Source: The organization representing California’s school boards has had a gripe since 2014, when Gov. Jerry Brown surprised it by imposing future limits on how much districts can set aside annually as a budget reserve. Frustrated until now by its inability to get the restrictions removed, the California School Boards Association may have a better chance this year – if it’s willing to compromise. “A compromise is better than a battle,” state Senator Jerry Hill said.


April 26, 2017

NBC Bay Area: Before his term ended, President Obama designated Lee and other Bay Area students who helped him, a President's Volunteer Service Award for their earlier work benefiting disadvantaged students — and they hope EpOpTech will help even more students in need. Sen. Jerry Hill presented the students with a Congressional Award Gold Medal for volunteerism in April and commended the group on their achievement in the Inspire Mountain View challenge so far.

April 23, 2017

Sacramento Bee: Today, the Board of Equalization is back on the hot seat. It’s under tight spending controls from Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers are calling for investigations to get to the bottom of the messy accounting and lax oversight that a recent audit from the Department of Finance disclosed. “There’s enough evidence and information to question the existence of the Board of Equalization,” said state Senator Jerry Hill.

April 22, 2017 California would become the first state in the nation to track antibiotic-resistant infections under legislation by Senator Jerry Hill.