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November 01, 2019

Los Angeles Times: Gov. Gavin Newsom demanded Friday that Pacific Gas & Electric shareholders and executives, wildfire victims, bondholders and other parties involved in the company’s bankruptcy convene in Sacramento next week to work out a deal — and threatened to craft a government-led plan to restructure the state’s largest utility if an agreement isn’t reached quickly. State Sen. Jerry Hill, a San Mateo Democrat and longtime critic of PG&E, commended Newsom. “California has told PG&E many times, in many ways, that the way it does business is unacceptable and it must change,” Hill said in a statement. “Today, Gov. Newsom told PG&E to get on with it or get out of the way.”

October 31, 2019

KNX News Radio: In 2017, state Senator Jerry Hill, a Democrat, introduced legislation to ban marriage under 18 without exception. But he was met by opposition, surprisingly, from groups traditionally associated with the left. The ACLU Northern California chapters, along with the Children's Law Center of California, opposed the bill, claiming estimates of the scale of the problem were overblown. The groups argued that the new law would strip youth of their right to form their families and eliminate one of the only pathways to exit the foster care system through emancipation.

October 30, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle: PG&E critic and state Sen.Jerry Hill said California has two options in acquiring the utility: a full takeover using eminent domain or purchase of a majority stake of the company’s stock. Eminent domain means a long court battle, Hill said. But whether PG&E is sold, broken up or continues to operate in its current form, the public will likely be asked to assume some of the company’s future liability related to the fires. “Either the ratepayers are going to pay or the taxpayers are going to pay,” Hill said.

October 26, 2019

New York Times: The blackout zone has been expanded to cover up to 2.7 million people. Senator Jerry Hill, a Bay Area Democrat recently appointed to a panel to review PG&E’s handling of the power shut-offs, said the time has come for the courts to take control of the company before more damage is done. “PG&E is a failure at every level,” Mr. Hill said. “PG&E should no longer be allowed to do business in California.”

October 25, 2019

Mercury News: Once again, PG&E’s electrical equipment is under suspicion as the possible cause of a devastating wildfire, even after the embattled utility subjected homes and businesses to widespread blackouts to keep its lines from sparking another inferno amid high winds. Questions are swirling after PG&E disclosed to state regulators that a transmission line, which it had decided not to turn off, malfunctioned as wind gusts over 40 mph buffeted the oaks and dry grasses covering the hills north of the Sonoma County town of Geyserville. “It’s troubling beyond belief,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, whose district includes a neighborhood where a 2010 PG&E gas pipe explosion killed eight people and led to criminal convictions for the utility over safety violations. “You see this accumulation of failures.”

October 25, 2019

Daiky Journal: Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, and state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and a variety of advocacy agencies such as the Committee for Green Foothills and the Sierra Club endorsed the park partially due to its environmental benefits, along with nearly 2,000 locals who signed a petition calling for its selection ahead of the competing proposals.

October 18, 2019

New York Times: Executives of California’s largest power company received withering criticism from state regulators Friday over a pre-emptive blackout that left millions without power, some for days. State Senator Jerry Hill, a Bay Area Democrat who has been a frequent critic of PG&E, issued a statement saying the company was “attempting belatedly to rebuild their support services” to protect customers. “It would have been better for PG&E leaders to detail exactly why it’s going to take them 10 years to build the resilient electrical system we should already have, so that power shutdowns are truly a rare, last resort,” he said.

October 17, 2019

KCRA: State Sen. Jerry Hill, representing the Southern San Francisco Peninsula, has lived in the Bay Area his entire life. He said that extra lead time can make a huge difference in saving lives. "Before it starts shaking where you are, all of the elevators come to a floor and the doors open, the fire stations, the doors open automatically, before the earth shaking where they are. The rapid transit trains stop, machinery stops," said Hill. "If I'm having by some chance an ophthalmologist performing laser surgery on me, I want to make sure he knows and stops before that shaking begins."

October 17, 2019

KRON: The governor said he wanted to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in California through executive order but found he doesn’t have the power to do that. Lawmakers say they will continue to move forward to ban the sale when they come back for session in January. “It’s so critical.  So critical to the next generation, because right now we are addicting that next generation,” said Sen. Jerry Hill, who is behind California’s flavor ban effort. He notes Juul is still keeping harmful flavors on store shelves. “What about the mint, and what about the menthol? Those are the most popular flavors among youth today.”

October 15, 2019

Kaiser Health News: Even though medicinal cannabis has been legal for years in California, it has not been allowed on school grounds. SB-223 by state Sen. Jerry Hill will allow school boards to adopt policies that authorize parents or guardians of students with severe medical and developmental disabilities to administer medicinal cannabis on campus, as long as it is not via smoking or vaping. This allows students to "take their dose at school and then get on with their studies," Hill said.