In My Own Words

PG&E Fine Is Entirely Appropriate

October 10, 2013

Letter to the Editor of the Wall Street Journal: I am a representative of San Bruno in the California legislature and it pains me that your editors buy PG&E's cynical argument that a proposed $2.25 billion fine for a fatal 2010 gas-pipeline explosion is proof that the state's regulatory climate has soured.

Viewpoints: California Should Update Policy on Biosimilar Medicines

October 08, 2013

Guest Op-Ed in the Sacramento Bee: A bill now on the governor’s desk – Senate Bill 598, which I authored – not only will save lives of patients with serious illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease, but also will grow California’s economy by expanding access to a new class of more affordable medicines called biosimilars.

OP-ED: PG&E and the PUC Exposed

September 24, 2013

Senator Jerry Guest Op-Ed, San Mateo Daily Journal: Facing a $2.25 billion penalty for safety lapses that led to the fatal 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is raising the specter of bankruptcy in an effort to scare state regulators into cutting the utility a break.

Why the Federal Government Should Indict PG&E

August 08, 2013

San Francisco Chronicle Guest Op-Ed: As the third anniversary approaches of Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s deadly gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, the clock is ticking for the U.S. attorney and the San Mateo County district attorney to indict PG&E and its executives on criminal charges. The Sept. 9 anniversary is the deadline to file charges in connection with the blast, which killed eight people, injured 58 others and destroyed 38 homes.

Gavin Newsom and Jerry Hill: Mills High Students Should Get AP Credit for Tests

August 01, 2013

Mercury News Guest Op-Ed: Thousands of California high school students take standardized tests each year. Colleges and universities rely upon the integrity of the results of these examinations. For the 280 students who attended Mills High School in Millbrae and took more than 650 Advanced Placement examinations in May, however, Educational Testing Services has put form over substance.

Jerry Hill: Don't buy PG&E's patronizing ad campaign; look at its actions

July 21, 2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012

By Jerry Hill
Special to the Mercury News

In an effort to spruce up its tattered image, Pacific Gas & Electric has mounted a $10 million ad campaign, including a television spot in which CEO Tony Earley concedes the company "lost its way."

We are supposed to be comforted. I'm not buying it and neither should you.

Literacy and Democracy

June 12, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

By Jerry Hill

The season of graduation celebrations is upon us.

And while we revel in the excitement of receiving a diploma, or take pride in watching a loved one march to Pomp and Circumstance wearing a cap and gown, we also know that education does not end with graduation.

Memorial Day

May 28, 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012

By Assemblyman Jerry Hill

Memorial Day is a time when all Americans join together in solemn remembrance of the sacrifices of those who answered our nation's call.

Memorial Day brings to mind the great ideals for which so many Americans have sacrificed -- freedom, liberty, democracy, love of country.

This holiday has become misunderstood in our time.

PG&E, not ratepayers, should fund pipeline safety

March 19, 2012

Bob and Nancy Hensel are getting ready this week to move back into their rebuilt home that was destroyed during the 2010 PG&E gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. Before their house was incinerated, they were paying PG&E every month for natural gas, assuming they were getting a safe, well-managed service. As it turns out, the money PG&E charged the Hensels was not used to maintain a safe gas pipeline.

The future of high speed rail in California

August 15, 2011

In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 1A, the $9.95 billion bond measure to provide a portion of the funds the state will need to construct a high-speed rail system from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

I voted for Proposition 1A because it seemed to be good public policy. Done right, high-speed rail has the potential to meet the future transportation demands of California's growing population by providing a green alternative to new freeway lanes and airport runways.