In the News

February 25, 2013

San Francisco Examiner: A Peninsula state senator has introduced legislation that would require the California Public Utilities Commission to separate its judicial and prosecutorial functions in the wake of its handling of the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.

February 25, 2013

San Bruno and Belmont Patch: State Senator Jerry Hill presented Carolyn Hoskins, the founder of The Domini Hoskins Black History Museum & Learning Center, with a Quiet Hero Award [Friday] at a community gathering in Redwood City. Hoskins is the driving force behind the traveling exhibit she started 15 years ago and now encompasses hundreds of items – enough to fill 11,000 square feet of space.

February 24, 2013

Mercury News: Just when Californians are finally feeling upbeat again about where the state is heading, here comes a fresh downer: The federal sequester cuts set to kick in this week could cost California billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs while making most of our daily lives more difficult.

February 22, 2013

San Carlos Patch -- State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) publicly unveiled a new piece of legislation Friday that would close up a number of legal loopholes associated with the state’s high-speed rail initiative and Caltrain’s plans to fully electrify their lines by 2019.

February 22, 2013

Almanac News: As Caltrain prepares to embark on its long-stalled voyage toward electrification, Sen. Jerry Hill on Friday unveiled a bill that would bring to the project the funding it needs while, at the same time, ease local anxieties about the controversial high-speed rail line.

February 21, 2013

Oakland Tribune: A state legislative committee intends to hold hearings in early March on potential flaws in how the Public Utilities Commission handles billions of dollars in accounts for California's major power companies, including PG&E.

February 21, 2013

KGO-TV/ABC 7: About half the Californians who could receive food stamps, don't. That means California is missing out on billions of dollars in federal money that could be used to support local businesses.

February 20, 2013

Oakland Tribune: The state legislative analyst recommended Tuesday that state auditors probe whether regulators are properly overseeing special accounts for utility projects totaling trillions of dollars, raising the possibility that gas and electric ratepayers may have been overcharged for the programs. In question is how the California Public Utilities Commission manages and audits "balancing accounts" for California's three biggest utilities -- PG&E, Southern Cal Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric.

February 18, 2013

Redwood City Patch, San Carlos Patch and Belmont Patch: Because all politics is local, and because everyone enjoys a free cup of coffee now and then, California State Senator Jerry Hill hosts an informal community meeting with constituents this Friday, Feb. 22, in Redwood City.

Click here to see the Java with Jerry invitation.

February 15, 2013

Palo Alto Online News: California's high-speed rail project may have left the station last year, when the state Legislature approved funding for the first segment by a single vote, but Palo Alto officials still have plenty of concerns about the locally unpopular project, and they hope their newest representative in Sacramento can help. The city is now working with its newest representative, Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, to clean up Senate Bill 1029, the bill that authorizes funding for the first segment of high-speed rail, in Central Valley.