In My Own Words

May 28, 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012

By Assemblyman Jerry Hill

Memorial Day is a time when all Americans join together in solemn remembrance of the sacrifices of those who answered our nation's call.

Memorial Day brings to mind the great ideals for which so many Americans have sacrificed -- freedom, liberty, democracy, love of country.

This holiday has become misunderstood in our time.

March 19, 2012

Bob and Nancy Hensel are getting ready this week to move back into their rebuilt home that was destroyed during the 2010 PG&E gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. Before their house was incinerated, they were paying PG&E every month for natural gas, assuming they were getting a safe, well-managed service. As it turns out, the money PG&E charged the Hensels was not used to maintain a safe gas pipeline.

August 15, 2011

In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 1A, the $9.95 billion bond measure to provide a portion of the funds the state will need to construct a high-speed rail system from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

I voted for Proposition 1A because it seemed to be good public policy. Done right, high-speed rail has the potential to meet the future transportation demands of California's growing population by providing a green alternative to new freeway lanes and airport runways.

June 14, 2011

By Jerry Hill

The American flag is very special to us. It is a symbol of our national unity. It is meant to be honored each and every day as the emblem of our history, our values and our heritage.


April 28, 2011

Sunday, May 1 is Yom HaShoah, the International Day of Holocaust Remembrance when we all are asked to reflect on the atrocities that occurred during World War II, when more than 6 million Jews — and millions of other individuals — were put to death by the Nazi regime.

March 30, 2011

Thursday March 31 is César Chávez Day of Service and Learning, a holiday established in 2000 to promote service to the communities of California in honor of the life and work of César Chávez.

César Chávez's life story is one of courage and a selfless commitment to justice for all. His example has great significance for Californians today.


February 19, 2011

By Jerry Hill

As parents and grandparents, we all want what is best for our children. Of paramount importance is providing our children with the best education possible.
The California Legislature understands the significance of access to higher education and understands that the search for financial aid sources can sometimes be challenging and expensive. That is why we have designed the Cal Grant program to help you obtain the financial assistance you need.

January 28, 2011

By Jerry Hill

Like many people who have been involved in the discussion over high-speed rail, I was pleased — even relieved — by the decision of the Federal Railroad Administration to require the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to assign federal high-speed rail money to be spent in the state’s Central Valley, rather than along the Peninsula Caltrain right-of-way.

For the CHSRA and local communities, this decision presents the opportunity to put everything back on the table and get the project done right.

September 11, 2010

By Jerry Hill

Nine years ago, when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks upended America’s sense of security, the nation came together.

Brave emergency workers rushed into burning buildings to rescue people who were trapped. Americans opened up their hearts and wallets to comfort mourning families. We have not forgotten the planes that on Sept. 11 crashed into the Twin Towers in lower Manhattan, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. Nor have we forgotten the nearly 3,000 innocent people who lost their lives.

March 29, 2010

By Jerry Hill

Special to the Mercury News

California's budget hole was not dug overnight, and the problem will not be solved by a single action but rather by cumulative efforts. It will require hard work and cooperation on the part of the Legislature and the governor — and an improved economy.