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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 ihat 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.”

March 11, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Inglewood, co-wrote Assembly Bill 1713, which proposes dropping the blood-alcohol limit from 0.08 to 0.05 of a percent. Hill, who has written several bills around impaired driving in the state, said the law was inspired by Liam Kowal, a 5-year-old boy killed by a drunken driver in Southern California.“I feel the pain of the thousands of killed, tens of thousands injured every year. It’s irresponsible for society,” Hill said.

March 11, 2019

Greentech Media: At last week’s hearing, state Sen. Jerry Hill, who represents the district including San Bruno, asked CPUC Executive Director Alice Stebbins whether PG&E’s poor safety record might require the agency to increase its auditing and inspection of the utility’s efforts going forward. Stebbins replied that the CPUC is working on multiple proceedings related to PG&E, including a review that will consider whether it needs to undergo a corporate restructuring to ensure that it can continue to safely provide energy in the future.

March 10, 2019

KCBS: “It will make a difference and we will feel it in our communities and constituents will be so happy when they can get home at a decent hour and spend time with their families,” state Senator Jerry Hill.

March 08, 2019

KTVU: Senator Jerry Hill says, "The economic activity is going to succeed, I think, regardless of what we do. But it's the quality of life for our residents... that's what's important about what we're doing today and starting."

March 07, 2019

Mercury News: “$235 million would go a long way to support the victims of last year’s wildfires,” said state Senator Jerry Hill. “PG&E needs to compensate and help the fire victims instead of awarding bonuses to people who are already being paid for doing their jobs."

March 07, 2019

ABC 10: According to Senator Jerry Hill,  who co-authored the bill, 100 countries already have 0.05 BAC laws. He argues the level is actually recommended by the NTSB to reduce DUI deaths in California. In the recent past, the NTSB has said “levels higher than .05 are viewed by traffic safety around the world as posing unacceptable risk for driving.”

March 06, 2019

Half Moon Bay Review: Coastside state Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblyman Kevin Mullin are among legislators who have signed on to Senate Constitutional Amendment 5, which would change California’s Proposition 13 to lower the percentage needed for passage of a parcel tax from the current 66 percent to 55 percent. “Despite significant increases in state funding for schools in recent years, districts are struggling to maintain quality educational services and programs amid escalating costs and declining enrollment,” Hill said.

March 06, 2019

Half Moon Bay Review: Last week’s widespread power outage on the coast is another reminder for city and state representatives of an ongoing public safety issue. “We’ve seen this occur in other areas of California, in other counties that have no redundancy, and they have been plagued by disaster,” Senator Hill said. “This highlights the need for a robust communication service.”