In the News

December 10, 2018

Daily Journal: With legislation just proposed, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is seeking to close a tax loophole which he claims property heirs are exploiting to the detriment of city and county budgets...Hill claimed his proposed Senate Constitutional Amendment 3 is necessary to prevent those who rent inherited properties from enjoying the lower tax rate passed down with the land.

December 07, 2018

NBC Bay Area: “It needs to be checked, and it needs to be checked soon,” said State Senator Jerry Hill about the company’s high voltage system — including the 100 year old vintage towers at the origin of the Nov. 8 fire.

December 05, 2018

East Bay Times: State Sen. Jerry Hill, a harsh critic of PG&E, was pleased with the court’s latest demand. “It looks like it will take a federal judge to get the state’s Justice Department to look seriously at PG&E and its safety culture,” Hill said.

December 03, 2018

Los Angeles Times: Senator Jerry Hill is introducing a ballot measure to require children who receive the state’s property inheritance tax break to live in their parents’ homes. Doing so would rein in what Hill called “abuses” of a policy established more than three decades ago designed to help children retain ownership of family property.

December 03, 2018

Capitol Weekly:  So let’s crunch some numbers: We’ll look at the Senate first...The most bills introduced during the 2017-18 session were 49 by Jerry Hill, followed by Ricardo Lara with 45.

December 03, 2018

Los Angeles Times: Some believe the timing is inappropriate, so soon after the catastrophic Camp fire in Butte County. Others see the effort as tantamount to punishing utility customers — particularly those of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. — through higher bills. “All of this conversation is premature,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), a frequent PG&E critic. “There is a major cost to ratepayers that I think is outrageous.”

November 29, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle: Six California lawmakers said Thursday they plan to introduce a bill next week that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco — including fruit-flavored nicotine pods made by Juul — in retail stores and vending machines. The legislators, led by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, say the measure is meant to curb e-cigarette use among teens, which is on the rise.

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.