Applications Now Open For State Grants To Address Hate Against Asians & Pacific Islanders

California organizations that have been supporting Asian/Pacific Islander (API) victims of hate or pursuing ways to prevent such incidents can now apply for a Stop The Hate grant to ensure their impactful work continues. The Department of Social Services’ Request For Applications makes $20 million available starting today. The funding is part of the historic $166.5 million API Equity Budget championed by Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and the California API Legislative Caucus this year. It aims to address the alarming spike in hate crimes and incidents against the API community members, who have been wrongly blamed for the pandemic.

California Now Limits Medical Parole To Those On Ventilators

A new California policy could send dozens of quadriplegic, paraplegic or otherwise permanently incapacitated inmates from nursing homes back to state prisons.

Prison officials say a change in federal rules led them to limit medical parole to inmates so ill they are hooked to ventilators to breathe, meaning their movement is so limited they are not a public danger. The state previously included a much broader range of permanent incapacities allowing inmates to be cared for in nursing homes outside prison walls.

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Ting Statement on the Legislative Analyst’s Fiscal Outlook

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, released the following statement about California’s latest Fiscal Outlook from the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO):

Our historic 2021-22 budget has allowed us to make tremendous strides in improving the lives of so many Californians. Whether it was stimulus checks, rent relief, greater educational opportunities, or expanded safety net programs, including healthcare, we have helped millions navigate through some pandemic-driven hardships. Our strong financial standing also made it possible for us to reimagine the state’s future, helping us create new programs, such as transitional kindergarten, climate resiliency, more housing and universal school meals. It’s our job now to provide oversight, making sure we follow through on those commitments and that these new investments are working.

Police Have a Tool to Take Guns From Potential Shooters, But Many Aren’t Using It

The most broadly adopted gun-control measure in the U.S. in recent years is rarely being used in many cities and counties, government data show. Nineteen states and Washington, D.C., now have red-flag laws, which allow authorities, and sometimes family members or co-workers, to ask judges to order the temporary seizure of guns from people threatening violence. But many jurisdictions have used the laws to take away few or no guns, a Wall Street Journal analysis of the data shows.

Community Youth Center Breaks Ground on Richmond District Hub

The Community Youth Center of San Francisco broke ground Wednesday on a Richmond District community hub that will help the organization expand on programs and services in the neighborhood.

The 7,160-square-foot, two-story building located at 952 Clement Street will offer workforce development programs, a shared community room for workshops, administrative offices and space for other programs once crews finish construction. The facility will also feature a state-of-the-art computer club and rooftop garden.

Nov 13: Assemblymember Phil Ting Holds Virtual Town Hall

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) will hold his final Virtual Town Hall of the year on Saturday, November 13, from 10:00 to 11:30 am. He'll update constituents on new laws taking effect on January 1; plus attendees are encouraged to give input on ideas regarding what Sacramento's legislative and budget priorities should be for 2022. RSVP or submit a question here.