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SF Standard: ‘The Pain Will Just Kill Me’: Newsom Blasted For Cutting Acupuncture In State Budget

... The latest state budget proposal excludes acupuncture from the state-subsidized Medi-Cal services for low-income and vulnerable individuals, sparking a furious backlash from patients and the Chinese American community—especially in San Francisco.

... Phil Ting, a Chinese American Assembly Member from San Francisco, was a major supporter of restoring acupuncture benefits to Medi-Cal in 2016. He said he will push for acupuncture during the state budget process again.

CA Assembly Approves Ting’s Legislation To Consolidate, Close Some Prisons Amid State’s Budget Crisis

At a time when California is facing a large budget deficit, the state Assembly today approved AB 2178 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), which could save billions of dollars in prison costs. The bill sets a threshold of how many empty beds the state can have, paving the way to consolidating – even closing – some prisons, while promoting fiscal responsibility and enhancing community safety.

“The passage of my legislation comes at a crucial time, as California grapples with severe budget constraints. It’s fiscally irresponsible to maintain such high levels of unused prison beds at taxpayer expense when schools, social safety net programs, transportation and other priorities are on line,” said Ting. 

CA Assembly Approves Ting’s Legislation To End Legacy Admissions Practices So That College Access Is More Fair & Equitable

California is another step closer to ending preferential treatment in the college application process, after the state Assembly today approved AB 1780 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco).  The proposal prioritizes equal opportunity by banning “legacy admissions,” which heavily tips the scales in favor of accepting someone related to a donor or alumni of the university or college. It often results in a wealthier, less racially diverse student body. Continuing this practice could result in financial consequences for the school.

“Everyone should be considered fairly. If you work hard, get good grades and have a well-rounded background, your spot should not be taken by someone else just because their family can write a big check or is a graduate of that school,” said Ting. “If we value diversity in higher education, we must level the playing field. That means making the college application process more fair and equitable.”

Assembly Approves Ting’s Legislation to Improve Public Safety When Autonomous Vehicles Operate On CA Streets

With the bi-partisan approval of AB 1777 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), the California State Assembly took steps today to strengthen public safety where autonomous vehicles (AVs) are operating. Following reports of several incidents in the last few months, the legislation ensures safety protocols and traffic laws are followed statewide to protect passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers.

“Our regulations need to catch up, as this technology becomes increasingly commonplace. I’m glad to see lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that we can provide a trusted ride service to residents and visitors without slowing innovation,” said Ting, who rode in an AV last Fall and found it safe.

After months of engaging industry representatives and local transportation leaders, AB 1777 addresses two areas to increase accountability and oversight of robo-taxis, so that rides and roads are safer:

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LA Times: Lawmakers Grill Newsom Officials on Homelessness Spending After Audit Causes Bipartisan Frustration

Democrats and Republicans expressed frustration Monday as they grilled Gov. Gavin Newsom’s top housing officials in a tense legislative hearing about how billions of state dollars have been spent on the worsening homelessness crisis.

The hearing by the Assembly budget subcommittee on accountability and oversight came after a state audit released last month found that California has failed to adequately track the outcomes of its vast spending on homelessness programs, raising questions about efficacy and transparency.