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September 18, 2014

San Jose Mercury News: Three political leaders from the Peninsula said Thursday they want the state Attorney General to investigate the Public Utilities Commission and improper communications aimed at influencing which PUC judge would oversee a gas rate case linked to a fatal explosion in San Bruno.

September 18, 2014

Half Moon Bay Review: Earlier this year, state Sen. Jerry Hill signaled that seizing a private dirt road for the public good could be the only way to restore access to the secluded Martin’s Beach. In a controversial step, he made eminent domain a centerpiece of legislation he authored and helped shepherd through the Legislature.

September 18, 2014

The top aide to the head of the California Public Utilities Commission, forced from her post after e-mails showed she intervened in the selection of an administrative law judge to hear a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. rate case, is on paid leave from the agency but retains her current civil service rank - administrative law judge, The Chronicle has learned.

September 16, 2014

Mercury News: PG&E and the state Public Utilities Commission announced the ouster of several top officials as a result of controversial email exchanges that critics charge indicated a troublingly close relationship between the two.

September 05, 2014

San Francisco Examiner: Amid concerns that a significant portion of a $1.4 billion fine levied against PG&E in the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion would go toward the state's general fund, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, plans to introduce legislation to ensure the bulk of the fine is dedicated to pipeline safety measures.

September 04, 2014

UC Berkeley News Center: Last week’s 6.0 Napa earthquake was a wake-up call not only for the wine country. The shaking was also felt in Sacramento and San Francisco, galvanizing a host of politicians to go on record urging immediate funding for a statewide earthquake early warning system.

September 02, 2014

Mercury News: State regulators on Tuesday proposed a $1.4 billion penalty to punish PG&E for its role in a fatal natural gas explosion in San Bruno -- but the amount is far below the $2.25 billion recommended by regulatory staff and consumer groups.

August 30, 2014

Mercury News: Maybe Californians should start calling their Legislature the anti-Congress.

August 30, 2014

Daily Journal: A bill that would put epi-pens in all public schools passed in the state Senate 33-0 despite concerns from the California Teachers Association that the medical devices for allergies would require work beyond the typical scope of training.

August 29, 2014

NBC Bay Area: The state Senate passed a bill Friday that would beef up security for California's electrical grid.