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Friday, July 20, 2018

Ting Sets Hearing Date To Find Solutions To Long Waits at the DMVCountless numbers of Californians have been complaining about the extraordinarily long wait times at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Even those with appointments are not being seen in a timely manner. To see how the Legislature can make improvements, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) has called a hearing to be held on August 7th at the State Capitol.

“I experienced long lines myself when I visited the San Francisco office last week. They were unbelievable. What Californians are experiencing at our DMVs is unacceptable,” said Ting. “It’ll get worse if we don’t fix it now because more and more Californians will be switching from their current driver license or state ID to the new federally-compliant Real ID card.” (This picture show the line I encountered at the DMV in San Francisco.)

Beginning October 2020, a Real ID is necessary to board a domestic flight or enter a federal facility. In anticipation of a growing demand to meet the deadline, the new California state budget allocated $16 million to the DMV to:

  • Hire about 400 new people by mid-Fall
  • Increase the number of offices offering Saturday service & expand those hours to every Saturday starting August 4 (currently 43 offices are open every 1st & 3rd Saturday)
  • Upgrade the self-service kiosks
  • Allow customers to start application process online for driver licenses and state IDs

“I’ve heard of people waiting seven hours to be seen as walk-ins. Online appointments are two months out with slots often available after their license or car registration has expired. This hearing will help us determine the best course forward and whether this year’s state funding is adequate,” said Ting, who is Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee.

While August 7th at 11:00 a.m. has been set for the DMV hearing, a room number at the Capitol has not yet been assigned. More information to follow as the date gets closer.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Saturday hours aim to cut down long lines at DMV officesIn a continuing effort to address wait times at field offices throughout the state, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is increasing the number locations offering Saturday service. Starting August 4, 17 offices, including the one in Daly City, will be added to the current list of 43 sites open an extra day. Click here to see a complete list of locations open on Saturdays. Most transactions can be performed, except behind-the-wheel exams.

The DMV began Saturday service in June at select offices on every first and third Saturday of the month.  The San Francisco location was on that initial list. But Assembly District 19 will now have two offices open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every Saturday:

  • 1377 Fell St, San Francisco
  • 1500 Sullivan Ave, Daly City

Online appointments may be made up to 90 days ahead of time here. This is a good opportunity for Californians to upgrade their driver license to a Real ID. To see what documents you need to bring for this new, federally-compliant identification card, please click here.

Monday, July 9, 2018

New State Budget Helps Local Projects and ProgramsAs Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, I am pleased that the $200 billion spending plan makes the right investments and reflects our community's values to address our state's homelessness crisis, invest in our youth and help lift families out of poverty. Plus, we're able to do all that while still setting aside sizable reserves, in case of an economic downturn.

In our district, which encompasses the Westside of San Francisco, along with the communities of Broadmoor, Colma and Daly City, the latest state budget includes funding for:

  • Homeless Emergency Aid: As part of $500 million in matching grants going to our state's cities, San Francisco will receive $27 million for homeless services, including shelters and supporting housing. At least 5% of those funds must be spent on homeless youth. If we can arrest the cycle of homelessness when a person is younger, it is more likely that we can keep him or her housed long-term.
     
  • Seawall Rehabilitation: The crumbling seawall that runs from Fisherman's Wharf to AT&T Park was built in 1879. This budget includes $5 million for renovations so it can better withstand an inevitable earthquake and the effects of sea level rise due to climate change.
     
  • Diaper Program: San Francisco will receive $2.5 million to provide diapers to low-income families with infants or toddlers. In the fifth-largest economy in the world, no family should ever have to go without essentials like diapers.
     
  • Education Infrastructure Improvement: San Francisco Unified School District will receive $4 million, and San Francisco City College will receive $2.4 million to upgrade aging infrastructure.
     
  • New Community Center in the Richmond: $2 million will help finish a new community center in the Richmond District which will provide services for immigrant youth and parents, house several non-profits and host neighborhood meetings.
     
  • Daly City's Doelger Senior Center and Pacelli Event Center: $1.5 million will fund the much-needed replacements of the roofs of the Doelger Senior Center and Pacelli Event Center in Daly City's Westlake Park, enabling these facilities to continue serving the community far into the future.
     
  • SF LGBTQ Museum of History and Culture: The budget includes $250,000 to help jumpstart an important project combining the museum and archives of the GLBT Historical Society into one building. The museum's current space is far too small to mount more than a few small exhibits, and creating a new space for the Historical Society's archives will allow them to be accessible to even more researchers from around the world.
Monday, July 2, 2018

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, joined Governor Brown as he signed the 2018-2019 State Budget. The budget makes the right investments and reflects many of California’s values, yet there is still a sizable reserve set aside for unexpected emergencies. “In California, we are now the fifth largest economy in the world, and at the same time, we have the largest number of people in poverty and this Budget really tackles both of these issues," stated Ting. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

My statement regarding the passage of AB 1838/SB 852It’s a terrible dilemma: choose either a temporary halt to taxing grocery items or a permanent requirement mandating a two-thirds vote on local tax increases. Given the difficulty in reaching the 66% threshold and the importance of retaining flexibility to raise revenue for ever-growing local needs, we had no choice but to take the lesser of two evils. Without a way to meet the rising costs of critical services, necessities like public safety, education and transportation would surely suffer cuts. For instance, San Francisco’s Prop G, a parcel tax that funds pay raises for teachers, passed earlier this month with 60.76% of the vote. If the restrictive initiative bankrolled by billionaire corporations became law, Prop G would be invalidated even though the majority of voters agreed with it, resulting in more hardworking teachers leaving our expensive city. AB 1838/SB 872 is our only option for a viable future. But that doesn’t mean our work against diabetes, obesity and other negative effects from sugary drinks is over. We will continue to fight for a healthy California.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Governors Signs Historic Budget for California

I’m honored to stand with Governor Brown, as he signed his last California budget as governor. This spending plan:

  • Combats homelessness
  • Invests in youth
  • Helps struggling Californians
  • Boosts reserves to historic levels

It makes the right investments & reflects California values. Watch remarks from me and Governor Brown here.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Ting Names Iana Lim as Veteran of the Year

It’s my honor to name Iana Lim as my district’s Veteran of the Year. She served in the U.S. Navy from 2010-2014 as a Machinist Mate Third Class, servicing steam powered ships. She was sent all over the world for the global war on terrorism, including Haiti, Guantanamo Bay, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the Mediterranean, among other locations. Iana was awarded several medals during her service. She just graduated from San Francisco State with a degree in International Business. While a student, she supported hundreds of student veterans with her advocacy work, seminars & outreach. Congratulations Iana & thank you for serving our country!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Assembly Leaders React to Passage of State BudgetAssemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, released the following statement about the State Legislature’s passage of the 2018-2019 budget for California.  An Assembly Budget Committee overview of the spending plan is available here. Ting’s statement is as follows:

This budget makes the right investments and reflects many of California’s values. Not only does it address our homeless crisis with unprecedented funding, it also devotes resources to our youth with a mission to end deep poverty for children, record per-pupil spending for K-12 education and no tuition hikes for UC & CSU students. In addition, we’re laying the foundation for universal health care and will continue fighting for increased access and coverage. And still, we are able to set aside a sizeable reserve. That’s a spending plan we can be proud of.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Hate crime reporting in California will improve under a law just signed by Governor Brown. AB 1985 from Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) sets minimum standards for hate crime policies adopted by local law enforcement agencies. Because California does not require agencies to have a hate crime policy, how such incidents are handled or reported can vary or be inconsistent throughout the state. This leads to inaccurate data. The new law comes on the heels of last month’s State Audit that found hate crimes are under-reported by 14%  in California due, in part, to outdated policies, if any existed at all.

 “We can’t stop the problem unless we know how big it is,” said Ting. “My bill requires law enforcement to use the same language and follow the same reporting procedures so that we can get an accurate picture of the prevalence of hate crimes in California. We live in a divided America these days, and a policy like this is important now more than ever.”

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Ting Names His District's Nonprofit of the Year

Assemblymember Phil Ting has named Richmond District Neighborhood Center as his district's Nonprofit of the Year, a valuable resource to the 3,000+ residents who rely on this organization. Kids can get involved in after-school programs and recreational activities there. The Center also hosts wellness classes, neighborhood festivals and food distribution services. It's hard to imagine that the site was slated for demolition in the 1960s. Thanks to dedicated community members, they saved the building and transformed it into the asset it is today. Congratulations!