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 State Assemblymember Jerry Hill
(former CARB member)

State Assemblymember Jerry Hill has ignored messages sent to him and thus is deemed a CARB supporter.  Of course he could get the red mark removed by showing support for putting an end to this rogue state agency.  If you live in his district be sure to make a sign for your car or truck with the message do not re-elect Jerry Hill.

In addition, Jerry Hill:

On July 14, 2011 this letter was sent to Jerry Hill.  His reply is listed below
July 14, 2011  Senator Leland Yee State Capitol Sacramento, CA 94248-0001  Dear  Senator Yee:  Assemblyman Richard S. Gordon State Capitol Room 5175 Sacramento, CA 94249-0021  Dear Assemblyman Gordon:  Senator Joseph S. Simitian State Capitol Sacramento, CA 94248-0001  Dear Senator Simitian:  Assemblyman Jerry Hill State Capitol Room 3160 Sacramento, CA 94249-0019  Dear Assemblyman Hill:  In 1981 my wife and I purchased a 3 acre parcel of land in unincorporated San Mateo County near La Honda. We built our house there and have lived in this heavily wooded area ever since.  Because of the location of our home we have found that electrical power outages are not only more frequent than in the “flat land” but also last longer. For this reason, we have always felt like an auxiliary generator was a necessity. Recently we found that our 14 year old generator was not working (during a 7  hour power outage). We decided to upgrade from the 5,000 watt generator to a 10,000 watt unit.  I found a 10,000 watt generator in a Northern Tool catalog that was listed for $1,000 and included a $300 transfer switch free with this purchase. I called Northern Tool and asked several questions. I received good answers until I asked for a freight quote. The sale clerk asked for my zip code and when I responded with “94062” he said, “Oh, that’s in California isn’t it?” I said “Yes” and he responded “Well, we can’t sell that generator to you. It’s not CARB approved.”  At that time, I had no idea what CARB was but when I asked what generator he could sell me in California, he directed me on-line to a 10,000 watt generator for $1,300 without the free $300 transfer switch. I said, “Let me make sure I’ve got this straight. Because I live in California, it’s going to cost me $600 more than it would cost someone in any other state to buy this generator and transfer switch. He said, “Yeah, and the irony is that this is all built in California”.  Having no other options, I bought the generator but became very curious as to what kind of an organization CARB was. The more I read the more convinced I became that California would be much better off without CARB. I’m sure CARB must have done something right, but I can’t find it documented anywhere, can you? In the meantime, all the CARB documentation I find is grotesquely bad. To name just a few:  MTBE – 20 billion dollar clean-up of ground water contaminated by CARB mandated gasoline additive.  Hien Tran – bought his PhD from UC Davis – and still works for CARB!  CARB Chairwoman Mary Nichols – knew about Hein Tran’s false credentials before the December 2008 vote on diesel emissions, but did not tell the other Board members!  If any of the above reasons for termination of CARB are incorrect, I would welcome a response from you. If they are correct I trust that you will, in your capacity as a California assemblyman, support the effort to get rid of CARB.  Thanks,

July 14, 2011  Senator Leland Yee State Capitol Sacramento, CA 94248-0001  Dear  Senator Yee:  Assemblyman Richard S. Gordon State Capitol Room 5175 Sacramento, CA 94249-0021  Dear Assemblyman Gordon:  Senator Joseph S. Simitian State Capitol Sacramento, CA 94248-0001  Dear Senator Simitian:  Assemblyman Jerry Hill State Capitol Room 3160 Sacramento, CA 94249-0019  Dear Assemblyman Hill:  In 1981 my wife and I purchased a 3 acre parcel of land in unincorporated San Mateo County near La Honda. We built our house there and have lived in this heavily wooded area ever since.  Because of the location of our home we have found that electrical power outages are not only more frequent than in the “flat land” but also last longer. For this reason, we have always felt like an auxiliary generator was a necessity. Recently we found that our 14 year old generator was not working (during a 7  hour power outage). We decided to upgrade from the 5,000 watt generator to a 10,000 watt unit.  I found a 10,000 watt generator in a Northern Tool catalog that was listed for $1,000 and included a $300 transfer switch free with this purchase. I called Northern Tool and asked several questions. I received good answers until I asked for a freight quote. The sale clerk asked for my zip code and when I responded with “94062” he said, “Oh, that’s in California isn’t it?” I said “Yes” and he responded “Well, we can’t sell that generator to you. It’s not CARB approved.”  At that time, I had no idea what CARB was but when I asked what generator he could sell me in California, he directed me on-line to a 10,000 watt generator for $1,300 without the free $300 transfer switch. I said, “Let me make sure I’ve got this straight. Because I live in California, it’s going to cost me $600 more than it would cost someone in any other state to buy this generator and transfer switch. He said, “Yeah, and the irony is that this is all built in California”.  Having no other options, I bought the generator but became very curious as to what kind of an organization CARB was. The more I read the more convinced I became that California would be much better off without CARB. I’m sure CARB must have done something right, but I can’t find it documented anywhere, can you? In the meantime, all the CARB documentation I find is grotesquely bad. To name just a few:  MTBE – 20 billion dollar clean-up of ground water contaminated by CARB mandated gasoline additive.  Hien Tran – bought his PhD from UC Davis – and still works for CARB!  CARB Chairwoman Mary Nichols – knew about Hein Tran’s false credentials before the December 2008 vote on diesel emissions, but did not tell the other Board members!  If any of the above reasons for termination of CARB are incorrect, I would welcome a response from you. If they are correct I trust that you will, in your capacity as a California assemblyman, support the effort to get rid of CARB.  Thanks,
Jerry's Reply as reported by the author of the letter
 
This is to update you on the response I received from Jerry Hill on my letter of 7/14/11. We played phone tag a little before we actually connected on the phone.
 
         On recorder 7/26 @ 5:11pm  "Hi Mr. T....blah, blah, blah...I certainly agree with a lot of what you wrote here, and we are actually working on some of the issues that you are talking about and trying to make some improvements. We're not going to be able to get rid of the Air Resources Board but we're trying to do some things that would make some improvements on it's operations."
 
         Jerry gave me his cell phone number and I left him a message on Wednesday 7/27  " Hi Jerry..blah,blah, blah... like to talk with you about the improvements you are working on for CARB. You have my phone # and email address on the letter I sent you".
 
         On Thursday 7/28 about 5:10pm, Jerry called and we talked for about 10 minutes. (Talking with a politician on the phone is not a good idea and in the future, I think I will leave my phone number off my letters and/or emails. I waited for Jerry to take a breath and jumped in with my comments.)
 
         (JH) "You wanted specifics-- I am co-sponsoring with an assemblyman from across the aisle, a bill to put an Independent Review Board between CARB and the legislature. (Jerry sounded dismayed that there was no review function in place. He mentioned the co-sponsor of this bill and I think he said it was Bill Berryhill.)
 
         (DT) " I don't think anything will salvage the credibility of CARB until Hien Tran and Mary Nichols are OFF the board".
 
         (JH) "Hien Tran is not a board member, he only works for the board and I am not even sure he is still there. Mary is O.K."
 
 
Jerry finished by talking about the independent research organization (no ties to CARB) that had deduced that the 5 X Cancer death rate in Oakland was due to the heavy Diesel truck emissions from Port of Oakland and Nimitz Freeway especially. He also said he spent 2 years on the local CARB.
 
We wrapped up this call by agreeing to disagree. He wants to improve CARB and I want to hand them blindfolds and line them against a wall. I told Jerry that, in my opinion, it was too late to "tweak" CARB and make it all better. 
 
I am going to wait a couple more weeks and see if I get any more responses. My next letter (without a phone number) will probably go to Governor Brown.
 
 
Regards,
 
Dave T


On October 1, 2009, Jerry Hill asked constituents to meet with him at a coffee shop to express their thoughts.
Frank A. reports on his experience:

I attended Representative Hill's 'coffee' this morning.  There were two of us there wanting to know his stance on CARB and the new regulation, out of an estimated 20 people.

I cited the letter written by our representatives to CARB asking them to rescind the new regulation, and mentioned that I noticed that he didn't sign it.  He said he was not aware that such a letter had been written, and then said that he would not have signed it anyway because he supports the new regulation on diesel emissions.  He claims that there was a study done that shows people in Oakland have a death rate from cancer that is four times higher than the norm, and it was linked to the diesel emissions from trucks servicing the Port of Oakland.  He mentioned proudly that he worked for CARB, and I think he said that he was there when the cancer study came out.

My position was that this a bad time to impose what amounts to a huge tax on Californians, as the costs are passed on to the consumers.  He said that it is unfortunate that this regulation hits in a time of economic crisis and he wishes it could have been handled in a way that would have had lesser impact on those affected, but he feels it needs to be done anyway.  I believe you can put him firmly in the "thumbs down" category.

He said the study showing the higher cancer incidence can be found on the bay area air resources board website (or something like that) so I will look for it and read it over to see if it is believable.

Frank A.

Letters to the Assemblymember:

Sent: 08/06/09Reply: NONE

From: XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2009 7:56 AM
To: 'Assemblymember.Hill@assembly.ca.gov'
Subject: C.A.R.B.

 

C.A.R.B. have polluted us and ripped us off for many years.  Time to abandon this abusive and useless entity.  I will not vote for anyone who votes to keep these overpaid phonies in existence.

 

Charles XXXXXXX, CPA

Foster City, CA

From: E Angelich 
Subject: C.A.R.B.
To: Assemblymember.Hill@assembly.ca.gov
Date: Monday, September 28, 2009, 9:02 PM

Dear Assemblyman Hill,
  I am a 4th generation Californian. Why at time when millions are out of work and our state's economy is it's worst since the Great Depression a fraudulent parasitic agency like C.A.R.B. is allocated a budget of 850 million dollars?
  This is the agency responsible for forcing inadequately tested reformulated diesel fuel on consumers that ruined thousands of diesel engines and cost the state over 10 million dollars to replace,C.A.R.B. is also responsible the MTBE debacle that added a 20 to 30 cents extra per gallon at  the pump for Californians over a 10 year period and at the same time poisoning the groundwater that will cost an estimated 10 BILLION to clean up.
  Passing legislation that will further impact every single person who lives in the state by requiring operators of diesel engines to replace them will further devastate the economy of California by higher costs of consumer goods and by furthering unemployment by driving those who can't comply out of business C.A.R.B. is again blindly rushing into a proposal,this time written by a researcher publicly documented as providing false credentials to the agency.
  The 850 million given to C.A.R.B. would have gone quite a distance in retaining a few teachers or keeping a few fire houses open.The 3000 to 4000 grand we all would have in our pockets without paying for MTBE would have gone pretty far in providing a little more for our families as well.
  Assemblyman Hill I would appreciate a response from you and hope you wthdraw your support for C.A.R.B. I voted for you in the last election and I am sure you seek higher office,your positive position on C.A.R.B. will reflected by my negative position at the ballot box along with as many other working class residents of San Mateo county that I can muster.
Sincerely,
Michael Angelich