Bay Area Reporter: LGBTQ Asians Push To Stem Hate Crimes Tide

LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Californians are part of a coalition of community groups and state lawmakers pushing to stem a tide of hate crimes against API individuals and others that has been rising since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are focused this week on advancing two bills in the California Legislature collectively called the No Place for Hate Campaign.

Ting Signs On To Letter Urging Feds For Funding Flexibility To Address Monkeypox

Ting joins ten other state lawmakers in urging Health & Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to allow flexibility in the use of Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) funds so that California can respond to monkeypox. With quick action, the spread of this contagious disease can be stopped. Read the full letter here. 

Ting Announces $4 Million From California Budget To Help With San Francisco’s Portsmouth Square Project

The exciting redesign of Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square got a boost today with an announcement from Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) that the project will receive $4 million in state funding. The investment is part of a continued effort to prioritize Asian American Pacific Islanders communities, complementing last year’s $166.5 million API Equity Budget.

“It’s important that residents in this densely populated neighborhood have a place to enjoy the outdoors within walking distance of their homes. A more open and inviting layout will better serve seniors and multigenerational families who enjoy using Portsmouth Square,” said Ting. “I’m happy to lead the efforts to partner with the City in making sure we address the needs of API communities, and they get the investment they deserve.”

SF Chronicle: Bridge Toll Penalties Can Be Crushing For Low-Income Drivers. A State Bill Aims To Ease The Burden

For many Bay Area residents, driving across one of the region’s eight bridges is routine. These roadways serve as a crucial connection to the East Bay and elsewhere.

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The new system left many residents confused about how to pay their toll fees, and some of them accumulated debt through toll evasion penalties. In February 2020, a month before the pandemic triggered nationwide shutdowns, BATA saw 201,371 toll violations. In February 2022, there were 880,759 — an increase of over 400%.

Inside CA Politics Show:

California Assembly member Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, joined Inside California Politics co-host Nikki Laurenzo to discuss the signing of AB 1594. WATCH here

 

SacBee: Newsom Signs New Gun-Control Law Allowing Lawsuits Against Firearm Manufacturers

Californians will soon be able to sue gun manufacturers if they experience harm from their products, under a law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday. Assembly Bill 1594 specifically authorizes individuals, the California attorney general or city or county attorneys to bring civil actions against firearms manufacturers “for an act or omission in violation of the firearm industry standard of conduct,” according to the legislative digest write-up of the bill. The law goes into effect July 1, 2023.

Governor Signs Ting’s Bill Allowing Private Citizens & Others To File Civil Lawsuits Against Gun Industry

In a move to hold firearms manufacturers and retailers more accountable in California, Governor Newsom signed AB 1594 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). The bill empowers residents, the state Attorney General, and local governments to sue the gun industry for the harm their products cause when they don’t follow our state’s strict gun laws. The threat of civil litigation aims to push the gun industry to be more responsible and improve their practices.