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February 14, 2020 More than 2,200 California National Guard servicemembers were the beneficiaries of some special cards made with love by a group of senior citizens in South San Francisco. The South San Francisco Magnolia Center, a recreation center for adults over 50, once again took part in "Operation Valentine."

February 05, 2020 Taking a strong stand to protect the health and safety of California's youth, Kaiser Permanente today announced it is the first major health care provider to support California Senate Bill 793 by state Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products in the state.

February 04, 2020

CalMatters: San Mateo Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill’s pending Senate Bill 793 would prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products — not just pods for vape pens in flavors such as mint, fruit, cotton candy, but also tank-based systems, menthol cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars and hookah tobacco. “This is affecting our youth,” Hill said. “The gateway is the flavored product, and we can’t leave it to the industry to police themselves, because they failed to do that.”

February 03, 2020

Mercury News: The latest plan quickly came under fire from a long-time PG&E skeptic, state Sen. Jerry Hill, whose district in parts of Santa Clara County and San Mateo County includes San Bruno, the scene of a 2010 fatal natural gas blast that PG&E caused.“There is nothing in this new plan that guarantees PG&E can get the resources needed to move PG&E from a third-world utility to a 21st-century utility,” Hill said.

February 03, 2020

CCST Newsroom: This year’s awardees, Dr. Louise Bedsworth and Senator Jerry Hill, will be recognized during the CCST S&T Week 2020 Reception and Leadership Awards Ceremony…(The) Science in Public Service Award (is) given to a public servant with a clear track record of championing science and technology issues and who values efforts to connect science to policy.

January 29, 2020

Palo Alto Online/Palo Alto Weekly: Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, voted against the bill. He did not speak during the Wednesday debate but said in a statement after the vote that he does not believe SB 50 addresses California's crucial need for affordable housing. "We need clearer parameters on the housing creation required for local governments and our communities, and on the flexibility allowed to local governments to locate housing where it works best for our communities," Hill said in a statement. "We also need a realistic view of the parking needs created by new housing. To require none ignores reality and worsens existing parking shortfalls in the very transit corridors where the legislation seeks to foster new housing. I could not in good conscience vote in favor of this bill as presented today." 

January 29, 2020

Palo Alto Daily Post: State Sen. Hill, in an email to the Post, said he voted “no” because the rules cities must follow under SB50 weren’t clear. Hill said: “We should not obligate our local governments and communities to fulfill commitments and undertake solutions that are unclear — that only sets all of us up for failure and promises to make the current crisis worse.”

January 22, 2020

Daily Journal: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has introduced legislation to help prevent excavators from striking underground natural gas pipelines, telecommunications cabling, electrical lines, water mains and other underground infrastructure. Existing law already requires excavators to outline the area where their work is to be done and call 811 before digging occurs. SB 865 adds further requirements for collaboration and communication between excavators, the 811 regional notification centers, and the operators of the infrastructure that lies underground, according to Hill’s office.

January 21, 2020

La Opinion: Los proyectos de ley de atención médica y las iniciativas presupuestarias de los políticos están llenas de ideas y dólares, y se oponen a industrias poderosas. Ponen a California, una vez más, a la vanguardia. (E)l año pasado, legisladores estatales sacaron de la mesa la prohibición en todo el estado después de enfrentar la presión de la industria del tabaco. Ahora, el senador estatal Jerry Hill (demócrata de San Mateo) está de regreso con su propuesta de prohibición a nivel estatal, que puede tener más impulso este año.

January 20, 2020

San Francisco Public Press: Senator Jerry Hill said in a text message that the annual reports submitted to the commission should not be completely confidential, and should be subject to the California Public Records Act. “Transparency should be the underlying premise for these reports,” Hill wrote. Any claims that information must be withheld as ‘trade secret” should be “weighed against the overarching concerns for public safety and public good.”