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December 14, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle: “The sad part is that we’ve not had a period where you can look toward PG&E and say they’ve done a good job or they can be trusted,” Hill said. “There hasn’t been a period since San Bruno where we can say that, because there is always that next thing that happens.”

December 14, 2018

KCBS: 

KCBS: Under the proposed increase, which would be in effect from 2020 to 2022, the typical gas and electric customer's bill would go up by 6.4 percent  —an average of $10.57 per month. That would add up to almost $127 per year per customer. State Senator Jerry Hill calls it an outrage. "This is an extraordinary amount of money," he said. "They're already charging us almost the highest rates in the country, and to add this to it, I find it obscene." 

December 14, 2018

Mercury News: State Sen. Jerry Hill, East Palo Alto Mayor Lisa Gauthier and Palo Alto Mayor Liz Kniss also attended and spoke at the event. In 1998, creek flooding caused an estimated $28 million in damages and up to 400 residents were evacuated from the Gardens neighborhood. The creek overflowed its banks again in December 2012.

December 13, 2018

Mercury News: “If PG&E can’t get a bailout for the wildfires that occurred this year, it looks like they are going to the PUC to get their bailout from ratepayers anyway,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, whose district includes parts of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, as well as San Bruno. “That is why we need to watch the PUC very carefully during this rate case.”

December 13, 2018

The Atlantic: “It’s time,” said the bill’s lead author, state Senator Jerry Hill, a democrat from San Mateo. “The #MeToo movement has really made it very clear that there are individuals even in the most respected professions who abuse their authority.”

December 12, 2018

KTVU: PG&E critic Senator Jerry Hill says this is the first time PG&E is admitting to possible problems with their equipment. “I think they’re being forthcoming now because they figure, ‘What do we have to lose because we’re going to get a bailout again this year from the Legislature perhaps.’ … After San Bruno, we saw they had not properly tested, they had not properly inspected, they did not have proper records and I think we’re seeing the same thing play out in their electrical system. I think that’s sad and tragic, and we saw the tragedy play out in Paradise and in Butte County this year.”

December 12, 2018

KQED: Senator Jerry Hill: “It certainly does imply…a lack of previous inspections, a lack of appropriate oversight and maintenance on these lines."

December 12, 2018

StateHornet.com: “The life-saving potential of an AED is clear,” Hill said. “The single most effective intervention during sudden cardiac arrest is the use of an AED.”

December 11, 2018

Patch.com: Hill calls into question the whole investment-owned model for a utility company that makes $1.5 billion a year. "What I'd like to see us look at is what is the best, safest way to provide utility services in California," he said.

December 10, 2018

San Diego-Union Tribune: “They have done absolutely nothing in those two years,” state Sen. Jerry Hill, the San Mateo Democrat who introduced SB 1028, said of utility regulators. “The unfortunate thing is we gave them that authority but we did not put a timeline on it,” Hill said. “We assumed it would be prioritized, but sadly it takes a tragedy to realign priorities -- and that’s what we’ve seen -- tragedy and devastation.”