In the News

August 21, 2018

Electronic Frontier Foundation: Like S.B. 21 in the 2017 session, S.B. 1186 was a straightforward measure that would have simply required police to respect public oversight before gaining access to powerful surveillance technology. S.B. 1186 differed from its predecessor in that it did not require annual transparency reports, a compromise accepted by the author, Sen. Jerry Hill, that should have alleviated the Appropriation Committee’s fiscal concerns.

August 20, 2018

Mercury News: State Senator Jerry Hill, a Democrat whose district includes parts of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, suggested another mechanism for repaying secured bonds so utility customers wouldn’t be burdened. “There may be some securitization assistance for PG&E, but possibly offered through other funding mechanisms rather than secured by ratepayers and the state,” Hill said. “It could be a fund established by the utilities that they pay into.”

August 17, 2018

Mercury News: [Assemblyman] Low, whose brother is an SJPD officer, was joined by other South Bay legislators that included a group of former San Jose city council members like state Sen. Jim Beall and Assemblymembers Kansen Chu and Ash Kalra, and current member Lan Diep. State Sen. Jerry Hill, from San Mateo, and Assemblyman Marc Berman, from Palo Alto, also attended the three-hour visit that began with classroom instruction on SJPD’s use-of-force policies.

August 17, 2018

Courthouse News: Congestion, immigration, affordable housing, homeless problems all consume much of the oxygen in the Bay Area’s public debate these days. But [Senator] Hill said the environment remains important and could become even more so as the dire effects of climate change continue. “It’s one of those things that once we start losing some of the benefits – whether it be air quality or water quality – it will rise to the top of the priority list again pretty quick,” he said.

August 17, 2018

LAW360: PG&E's threat of filing for bankruptcy is a "red herring," said Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo, also a Bay Area Democrat, claiming the company has used that warning since the beginning of the year "to try to get us to change the liability issue." He does not believe the law needs to be or even can be legislatively wiped away because it stems from a court ruling, but said he does support apportioning damage liability when a utility dutifully followed the rules. Hill said that calls to upend the law are reactionary and premature since PG&E's full bill for damages is not yet even clear.

August 16, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle Op-Ed: 

To the delight of utilities, Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a proposal that would ease utilities’ burden of strict liability and change the criteria for courts when considering inverse condemnation in civil suits. In contrast, Senate Bill 819 by state Sen. Jerry Hill does not alter the existing protections to property owners under inverse condemnation or change the standards California regulators use in determining whether utilities acted unreasonably or imprudently in cases involving damages caused by electrical or gas companies.

August 15, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle: “Everyone is focused on making their cases in the loudest possible way,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo, a longtime critic of PG&E’s safety practices and record.

August 13, 2018

Daily Journal: With few signs that the wildfires raging across Northern California will slow any time soon, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is hoping legislation he has proposed will prevent the costs of the damage they will cause from passing onto ratepayers.

August 13, 2018

Bloomberg: Some California lawmakers insist PG&E hasn’t even met the reasonable standard, pointing to signs that in some cases PG&E allegedly violated fire safety rules, according to reports by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. “Climate change and the so-called new normal do not ignite fires,” said California State Senator Jerry Hill, a frequent PG&E critic. “The Cal Fire findings show that suspected negligence by PG&E did.”

August 10, 2018

Daily Journal: Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, was joined by Assembly Minority Floor Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, in calling for an audit of the agency, a request that was answered with unanimous support from the Joint Legislative Audit Committee at its Wednesday hearing.