In the News

May 10, 2019

Daily Journal: 

State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, was impressed with the Newsom administration’s examination of a range of line items and was glad to see the revisions affirm the governor’s commitment to education and housing and homelessness. From a focus on early child care education to a proposal to provide two years free community college tuition, Newsom’s revised budget represented an investment in all levels of education — a breath of fresh air for Hill.“Education has been underfunded for so long,” he said. “If we don’t do something soon, we’ll never maintain our status as the innovation capital of the world.”

April 01, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle: “Over and over, PG&E has perverted the public’s perception of a public utility,” state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said in a statement after Newsom’s letter came out. “It’s high time for new leadership on PG&E’s board, but it does not appear that the company is capable of making sound selections.”

April 01, 2019

NBC News: Hill discovered that child marriages occur in California because, like in many states, there was no minimum age to wed, and in still other states, the laws set the age below age 18, even if one spouse is years or decades older. Often, sometimes all it takes for the child to marry is the permission of a parent or a judge. “One parent said it was OK, a judge checks the box, and it was done,” Hill explained.

March 29, 2019

NBC Bay Area: NBC Bay Area showed the exemption to State Sen. Jerry Hill, who wondered whether it could explain regulatory inaction in the North Bay fires in 2017, despite Cal Fire having blamed many of them on trees hitting power lines in high winds. PG&E has argued those winds were unforeseeably fierce – an assertion Hill suspects could be tied to the loophole. “A free pass, is what it looks like to me,” Hill said about the exemption. “A branch within six inches of a high voltage wire -- that could easily, by wind or other conditions, cause a catastrophe or disaster.”

March 29, 2019

Ventura County Star: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, a co-author of the legislation, notes the difference between between the .08 percent and the .05 percent limit in simple terms. “If you have four drinks in an hour and you weigh about 160 pounds, that will bring you to .08,” said Hill. “If you have three drinks, you will be at .05. I know if I had three drinks in an hour, much less four, I shouldn’t be driving.”

March 29, 2019

Palo Alto Weekly: 

Hill, for his part, said he is sensitive to the concerns of the communities he represents about losing discretion on designating housing sites. But he also praised Wiener for being responsive to input and noted that the bill continues to evolve. Hill said that he learned last Friday about some new amendments in the works that would give the cities more discretion on zoning, a change that may address some of his (and his constituents') most significant concerns. "The best use of my efforts at this point is to work with the author and to work with communities and legislators and mold it in a way that works best for all the communities," Hill said.

March 28, 2019

National Catholic Reporter: Our identity as a Catholic school was challenged when we discussed Sen. Jerry Hill's bill proposing that clergy's penitential privilege be removed so that information about child abuse shared within the sanctity of confession is no longer protected. My perspective is biased towards wanting a safe and life-giving environment to explore faith, ethics and morality. I think Jesus may very well disregard protecting the hierarchy when there are lives at stake. I wonder if he would call the penitential privilege a convenient cover-up. Yes, this may sound extreme, but my experience of Jesus is not the sanitized, goody-two-shoes white Jesus in the portraits that hang in some churches. My experience of Jesus is the "roll-your-sleeves-up-because-this-is-complicated-and-we-must-stand-for-the-whom-the-system-has-failed" brown Jesus who lived by fig and olive trees.

March 27, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle: Concerns about youth vaping are growing at the state level as well. On Wednesday, the Senate Health Committee will hold a hearing on two billsintroduced by State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, that together would ban the sale of flavored tobacco in California stores, and also take steps to restrict online sales to adults. San Francisco voters banned flavored tobacco sales last June, in an effort to keep kids from getting ahold of products like candy-flavored nicotine cartridges.

March 18, 2019

NBC Bay Area: State Sen. Jerry Hill, a frequent critic of the utility and state regulators, had a similar response. "It’s disgusting," he said, shaking his head. Hill, who is pushing for legislation mandating more inspections, says what’s clear from all the breakdowns that there needs to be more regulatory oversight by the state Public Utilities Commission and federal regulators. "They leave it to the utility. To inspect their own towers and make their own decisions, and judge the reliability and the safety," he said. "That’s wrong; we see that it’s wrong, and it takes people’s lives. This is a problem."

March 11, 2019

Daily Journal: “We have the economic growth and the stability and the vitality, but what our residents have lost is the quality of their life [because of congestion],” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo. “That will change with the construction of these lanes. It will make a difference and we will feel it in our communities and our residents will be so happy when they get home at a decent hour and spend time with their families.”