In the News

June 05, 2013

San Francisco Chronicle: The California Public Utilities Commission legal team investigating Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s culpability for the San Bruno natural-gas explosion was abruptly reassigned this week, sending the agency into turmoil as it made its case for whether the company should be penalized more than $2 billion for violating safety rules.

June 04, 2013

Forbes: When it comes to tax incentives, Sen. Jerry Hill wants to take it off… as in all off… for two strip clubs in California. Sen. Hill has introduced legislation in the Golden State to put an end to a “loophole” that allows certain businesses to take advantage of a tax break meant to encourage economic development.

June 04, 2013

Sacramento Bee: The enterprise zone program was created nearly three decades ago on the assumption that it would encourage businesses to expand into high-unemployment areas and hire locally. But it has morphed into just another way to hand out subsidies with little or no proof that they are generating a net benefit.

June 04, 2013

Sacramento Bee: Two labor union lobbyists working the hallways last week in favor of a bill to cut back on business tax credits added an accessory not often seen inside the Capitol: feather boas.

June 03, 2013

CBS13 Sacramento: Two strip clubs are taking center stage in a tax-policy debate. At issue are enterprise zones. They’re part of a program from the 1980s to spur economic development in troubled areas.

June 03, 2013

Capitol Public Radio: California has used enterprise zones for more than 25 years as a way to encourage business in blighted urban areas. Many lawmakers agree the program has flaws. But few agree about what to do to fix them.

June 03, 2013

KCRA: A KCRA 3 investigation has caught the attention of two California state senators who joined forces Monday to blast thousands of dollars in tax breaks received by strip clubs.

June 03, 2013

Sacramento Bee: A rare glimpse into an embattled California tax credit program shows that Fortune 500 companies – and one casino – are its biggest beneficiaries in Sacramento County.

May 31, 2013

Associated Press/Sacramento Bee: A state agency in charge of environmental cleanup said it has set up a team to go after more than $185 million in costs from companies that were not billed or didn't pay for pollution left behind.

May 30, 2013

San Mateo Patch: A bundle of bills introduced by State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, have cleared the state Senate and are moving on to be heard by the Assembly, Hill's office announced. The bills include legislation that would require individuals convicted of a second driving under-the-influence offense to install and use an Ignition Interlock Device, as well as an increase in protection for mountain lions. Other bills would put to rest concerns that the California High-Speed Rail Authority may revisit a four- track option in the Peninsula that would disrupt communities; and continue Hill’s multi-year effort to reform the California Public Utilities Commission in the aftermath of the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion.