In the News

November 29, 2018

NBC Bay Area: State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) reviewed photos in the PG&E report showing the 18 damaged lines in October, which did not spark a single fire. “When you look at those pictures, it’s terrifying – the extent of the damage to that equipment,” he said.

The data in the assessment, he said, showed the shut off program clearly worked in October. “We protected a lot of people by turning that power off,” Hill said, “and by not turning the power off in November, we put a lot of lives, 88 to be precise, at risk, who lost their lives.”

November 29, 2018

Consumer Reports: CR first helped bring this issue to public attention in 2015, when we petitioned the Medical Board of California to require patient notification. When the petition was turned down, CR joined Sen. Jerry Hill and patient safety advocates to urge state lawmakers to support legislation.

November 27, 2018

East Bay Times: “It is refreshing to see that the federal courts are taking an active role in possibly criminal behavior by PG&E in connection with the wildfires,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, a long-time PG&E critic whose district includes San Bruno and parts of San Mateo County and Santa Clara County.

November 26, 2018

The Trace: “There is something wrong here,” said Hill, who also authored the legislation cracking down on California officers who store firearms in vehicles. A gun “needs to be protected, it needs to be secured, and it needs to be out of the hands of those who will use it for the wrong reasons.”

November 12, 2018

KCRA 3/NBC: “It takes a spark to cause a fire and that seems to always be coming from PG&E lines -- and that's the problem," state Senator Jerry Hill said. “Every year it’s another disaster. Another loss of life…thousands of people who lose their homes.” 

November 12, 2018

KQED: Michael Krasny interviews State Senator Jerry Hill live on KQED Forum.

November 11, 2018

KQED California Report: "At some point we have to say enough is enough," Hill said. "And I think we need to seriously look at whether an investor-owned utility model is good for California because the incentive is really the critical issue ... when profits are the reason that you're doing your job, that creates a question especially in light of the safety aspect of it."

November 09, 2018

ABC 7/KGO: "These are things that should not be happening," State Sen. Jerry Hill told ABC7 News. "I anticipate if these fires are shown to be PG&E's responsibility, they will be right back to the legislature and the governor," Hill said. "Trying to get another bailout as they did last year."

November 07, 2018

CMAJ News: Alberta is not alone in pursuing stiffer penalties for sexual misconduct. Hoffman’s bill is modelled on a similar law in Ontario that came into effect in May 2018, making those two provinces the only ones to introduce laws aimed specifically at protecting patients from sexual abuse. A bill signed into law in California in September requires doctors on disciplinary probation for sexual misconduct and other offences to notify their patients, making it the first state in the US to introduce that requirement. Jerry Hill, the California State Senator who sponsored the bill, says proactive patient notification is necessary because 30% of physicians put on probation in California reoffend.

November 07, 2018

Los Altos Town Crier: State Sen. Jerry Hill, whose 13th District includes Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, noted, “All people of goodwill are grieving with you.” Hill said this latest tragedy is reflective of a growing trend of hate and bigotry. “This is the consequence of our political polarization and hate messages in social media,” he said, in addition to the relatively easy access to semiautomatic weapons. “We must demand our political leaders address all these issues and more.”