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Senator Seeks Money for Martins Beach

December 06, 2016

Daily Journal: Hoping to maintain the momentum to preserve Californian’s access to the coast, a local legislator is again calling on his colleagues at the state Capitol to potentially support one of government’s most controversial maneuvers — eminent domain.

After Investigation into Missing Guns, New Bill Calls for Cops to Track Weapons

December 05, 2016

Orange County Register: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said he introduced the legislation in response to investigations published this year by the Orange County Register and Bay Area News Group revealing that many law enforcement agencies make little or no effort to inventory their weapons and that officers frequently lose their firearms – some of which end up on the street.

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.