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February 20, 2020

Mercury News: 

Like millions of U.S. taxpayers, PG&E anticipates tax deductions for certain events — but a state senator wants to bar tax breaks for wildfire-linked settlements conducted by the embattled utility. “It’s obscene for PG&E to contemplate a billion-dollar-plus tax break on the financial obligations the company agreed to shoulder as its penalty for the deadly wildfires its equipment caused,” state Sen. Jerry Hill said on Thursday.

February 20, 2020

Daily Journal: Local lawmakers largely lauded Gov. Gavin Newsom’s resolute commitment to solving the state’s homelessness crisis. Assemblymen Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, and Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, as well as state Sen. Jerry Hill-D San Mateo, roundly applauded the sentiments shared in Newsom’s State of the State speech, Wednesday, Feb. 19.

February 19, 2020

Mercury News: PG&E could lose its license to operate in California if the embattled company fails to run a safe utility and take detailed actions in the wake of a catastrophic wildfire or explosion, a top regulator has proposed. “The PUC president left no stone unturned in the recommendations and the changes that will be required of PG&E,” state Sen. Jerry Hill said Wednesday in an interview. “PG&E is a unique private corporation that has continuously failed California. Extreme measures are needed if PG&E is to exit bankruptcy and keep operating.”

February 19, 2020

KQED News: Under new state legislation announced Tuesday, California's attorney general and local district attorneys would be able to pursue legal action against utility companies that violate safety regulations. State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, who co-authored the legislation, called the CPUC an "under-resourced” and “sometimes compromised" agency. In 2010, a natural gas pipeline owned by PG&E exploded, killing eight people in San Bruno, part of Hill’s district."California utilities have been able to get away with lax enforcement of their work," he said.

February 18, 2020

NBC Bay Area: A group of state legislators and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced the introduction of a bill Tuesday that would give the state attorney general and local district attorneys the power to reprimand utility companies for failure to comply with safety regulations. Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, D-Orinda, and Sens. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, and Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, introduced the Utility Accountability and Wildfire Prevention Act of 2020 in an effort to hold utility companies like PG&E accountable when their equipment is found to have started a wildfire due to improper safety practices. Currently, only the California Public Utilities Commission has a similar authority.

February 17, 2020

Action News Now: A bill designed to lift barriers for customers who cannot or don’t want to pay with credit card. It's called SB 926. San Mateo Senator Jerry Hill introduced and authored the bill. SB 926 would protect people who pay with bills or coins.

February 15, 2020

KQED News: The cash-free trend has raised concerns that such shops exclude customers who rely exclusively on cash. Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo, says this amounts to discrimination against people without credit cards or bank accounts, who tend to be low-income. “I don’t think it’s intentionally discrimination. But that’s in fact what they’re doing,” Hill said. Cashless stores “may be the thing of the future, (but) it’s not there yet.” That’s why Hill introduced a bill to require that all brick-and-mortar businesses in California accept cash.

February 15, 2020

Everything South City: California National Guard servicemembers overseas and at home received 2,200 handmade valentines this week from the South San Francisco Magnolia Center, the community’s recreation center for adults over 50 and headquarters for the crafts project South City seniors citizens call “Operation Valentine.”

February 14, 2020

Patch.com: More than 2,200 California National Guard servicemembers were the beneficiaries of some special cards made with love by a group of senior citizens in South San Francisco. The South San Francisco Magnolia Center, a recreation center for adults over 50, once again took part in "Operation Valentine."

February 05, 2020

Patch.com: Taking a strong stand to protect the health and safety of California's youth, Kaiser Permanente today announced it is the first major health care provider to support California Senate Bill 793 by state Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products in the state.