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May 29, 2012

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — In an attempt to save PG&E ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars over the next 50 years, state Assemblyman Jerry Hill introduced legislation Tuesday morning that aims to use fines levied against the utility to reduce costs associated with upgrading its pipeline system.

PG&E executives said earlier this year that the company expects to pay at least $200 million in fines associated with three separate investigations by the California Public Utilities Commission into the deadly

May 22, 2012

Fifty years after a California Highway Patrol officer was gunned down in a Burlingame restaurant, a rest stop off of Interstate 280 in San Mateo County is being renamed in his honor.

Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, Monday joined relatives of the late CHP Officer Dale Krings and dozens of law enforcement officers from throughout the county to announce that the Crystal Springs Safety Roadside Rest Area near Hillsborough will be renamed the Dale M. Krings Memorial Rest Area.

May 15, 2012

Legislation introduced Monday in Sacramento would hold executives at PG&E Corp. and California's other big utility companies personally responsible for corporate wrongdoing that happens during their tenure, revoking their bonuses and subjecting them to million-dollar fines.

May 14, 2012

Jerry Hill represents San Bruno in the state Assembly, and he wants to make sure that executives of PG&E and other public utilities pay personally if their companies are guilty of safety violations that lead to disasters.

Eight people died in San Bruno, dozens were injured, and more than 30 homes were destroyed in September 2010 when a PG&E natural gas pipeline blew up in the Peninsula suburb. Subequent investigations have faulted the company for numerous violations of pipeline safety regulations.

May 14, 2012

Assemblyman Jerry Hill held a news conference outside PG&E's annual shareholders' meeting in San Francisco to discuss legislation that could change the way the utility's executives are paid bonuses.

Hill -- whose district includes San Mateo and San Bruno - claims that former PG&E CEO Peter Darbee retired in 2011 with a $39 million bonus, just months after a natural gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, killing eight people and destroying dozens of homes.

May 13, 2012

A state lawmaker is expected to introduce a bill Monday that targets the bonuses of PG&E executives.

Democratic Assemblyman Jerry Hill's bill will prohibit ratepayer money from beings used to pay for bonuses based on coporate earnings or share price.

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May 02, 2012

A year ago, Caltrain was considering draconian service cuts to address a $30 million shortfall. But now it plans to add more trains.

With a balanced budget projected for the upcoming fiscal year, the agency is recommending introducing six more trains to its schedule, increasing the daily total from 86 to 92.

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May 01, 2012

Since the California High-Speed Rail Authority has no way to verify whether its consultants have real or perceived conflicts of interest, according to the Bureau of State Audits, Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, will amend a proposed bill to require all subcontractors to file statements of economic interests.

The statements will help bring greater transparency to the rail project, he said.

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April 21, 2012

With the recent dissolution of more than 400 redevelopment agencies across the state, support for affordable housing will be diminished by at least $1 billion annually.

To make up the shortfall, a Bay Area lawmaker is proposing to impose a $75 fee on documents recorded by real estate agents in the state to raise about $700 million annually.

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April 06, 2012

When most of us think about solar power, we think of homes with rooftop panels saving homeowners money while generating clean energy in the California sun. Yet residential customers are far from the only users contributing to the rapid growth of solar power in our state. Many schools and school districts are turning to solar to slash their utility bills.