“Abuse pollutes state environmental law”

March 11, 2013

By George Skelton

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Jerry Hill grew up in San Francisco and vividly remembers the rare suffocating days of late summer when the fog fled and people sweltered.

The city’s natural air conditioner clicked off, temperatures soared into the 90s and — back then — the skies boiled into a toxic soup.

“There’d be four or five hot days, around 1963 and 1964, when I was playing high school football and the smog was so thick I couldn’t run 10 yards without stopping and choking to get air,” remembers Hill, 65, new chairman of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

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