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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Ting Issue Statement on LAO's Fiscal Outlook

 

(San Francisco, CA) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, released the following statement in response to the Legislative Analyst’s Office’s (LAO) fiscal outlook for 2019-20:

California’s strong economy has enabled us to erase budget deficits and make significant progress in affordable housing, education, poverty reduction and other priorities while boosting our rainy day fund. I’m glad to see the fiscal outlook is still bright for the state, but the LAO report also warns we don’t have enough saved up to weather a recession. We must make smart investments and proceed with caution to protect programs for the long-run. No one wants to relive the devastating budget cuts we were forced to make only a short time ago.

The LAO report can be found here.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Assemblymember Phil Ting Featured in Sustainability Leaders Podcast

Assemblymember Phil Ting is pushing the envelope of California environmental legislation; authoring AB 1745, which seeks to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles after 2045. While the bill did not pass this year, he vows to bring it back in 2019. In a conversation with Jobs With Impact, a podcast covers Phil’s early career as a civil rights activist in the Asian community, his views on green job opportunities, and the climate priorities of the California legislature, where he currently chairs the Assembly Budget Committee. Listen here. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Voter Registration Deadline is October 22

Your voice matters! A lot is at stake at the national, state & local levels. Please register to vote by Monday’s deadline (10/22), so you can participate in the November 6 election. The online application is easy to fill out: RegisterToVote.Ca.Gov.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Under Ting Bill, Five More San Francisco Neighborhood Restaurants Approved for Rare, New Liquor LicensesSome of San Francisco’s underserved business corridors are about to get a boost, thanks to five new liquor licenses awarded to restaurants by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control today. Type 87 liquor licenses are made possible by AB 471, which was championed by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and signed into law last year. With three in the Bayview and two in the Sunset, the 2018 recipients are:

  • Java Beach Coffee Roasters: 3620 Wawona Street
  • Word A Café: 5114 Third Street
  • Old Skool Café: 1429 Mendell Street           
  • Corinne Chuitang Pusawong: 2244 Taraval Street
  • Bayview Pasta: 5009 Third Street                             

“I’m excited for the neighborhoods that’ll see more jobs, foot traffic and social spaces,” said Ting. “It’s also an opportunity for a new generation of restauranteurs who previously couldn’t afford a license.”

A Type 87 liquor license differs from a traditional one (Type 47) in the following ways:

  • Location: Restaurants must be located in: the Sunset, along Noriega and Taraval Streets; the Excelsior,  on Ocean Avenue and Mission Street; Visitacion Valley, on Leland Street and Bayshore Avenue; the Portola’s San Bruno Avenue; and the Bayview’s Third Street.
  • Affordability: Cost is about $15,000 instead of the nearly $300,000 that conventional liquor licenses cost on the secondary market. Restaurants in outer neighborhoods typically lack the revenue to recoup such a large investment, placing them at a competitive disadvantage.
  • One-Time Use: These licenses cannot be re-sold or transferred. If a business closes or relocates, it is canceled and a new one is created in its place.

Before Ting’s legislation was enacted, new liquor licenses hadn’t been issued in San Francisco in over 80 years. New restaurants and bars typically have to buy their liquor licenses from other businesses that have closed or want to sell their license.

AB 471 allows for 30 Type 87 licenses total, five awarded per year until 2023. When more than five businesses apply for one in any given year, a random drawing is held. The first wave of restaurants were approved last year. Today’s lottery was the second wave.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Open Enrollment for Covered California Begins

Open enrollment for Covered California begins today! You can shop for private health insurance & compare prices. Financial assistance may be available, if you qualify. January 15, 2019 is the deadline to sign-up or switch to a different Covered CA health plan: http://www.CoveredCA.com.

Friday, October 5, 2018
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Ting Announces $4 Million in State Funding for A.P. Giannini Middle School in San Francisco

A. P. Giannini Middle School, the most populous public middle school in San Francisco, is set to undergo much needed safety repairs and improvements. Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, helped to secure $4 million for the rehabilitation project.

“Students need a safe, modern learning environment in order to succeed. After years of deferred maintenance, we’re at the point where we can no longer postpone making upgrades,” said Ting. “I’m glad the state could step in to help this valuable community asset.”

The scope of the work will include updating the electrical wiring in the gym, repaving the uneven school yard, upgrading the auditorium and fixing the locker room ceiling, which leaks. San Francisco Supervisor Katy Tang first brought the school’s condition to the attention of Assemblymember Ting.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

13 Million in Emergency Homeless Funding Approved in First Wave of Grants from State Budget

The Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council approved more than $113 million this week in the first wave of block grants available under the new Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP). The money is part of a $500 million 2018-19 state budget program championed by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and the Big 11 Mayors, in negotiation with the Governor, to help local governments address California’s homeless crisis.

“This is welcome news. I’ve been a strong advocate of state and local partnerships when it comes to solving our biggest problems. This is the first of many steps in getting people off the streets and into housing,” said Ting, Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee.

Grant Recipients:

            Oakland                                  $ 8.67 million            

            San Diego                               $ 14.1 million            

            Los Angeles                            $ 85 million

            Long Beach                            $  2.8 million

            Bakersfield/Kern

Continuum Of Care (CoC)        $ 2.6 million

In 2017, California’s homeless population was more than 134,000. The council, which is under the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, began taking applications for the HEAP block grant on September 5. Cities and Continuums of Care (CoC) county partners are eligible. Once approved, the money can be spent on services, such as:

  • Emergency housing vouchers
  • Rapid rehousing
  • Emergency shelter construction
  • Temporary shelters in armories

Grant applications are accepted through December 31, 2018. For more information, please visit: https://www.bcsh.ca.gov/hcfc/aid_program.html.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Governor Signs Landmark Bill By Assemblymember Ting Requiring Law Enforcement To Release Body Camera FootageIn a major to move to increase police transparency in California, Governor Brown today signed AB 748 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). The landmark bill requires the release of recordings from body-worn cameras within 45 days of a critical incident, which is defined as the discharge of a firearm or use-of-force that causes death or great bodily harm.

“The Governor’s signature on AB 748 signifies a strong commitment to police transparency in California. Public access to body camera footage is necessary to boost confidence and rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve,” said Ting.

Current California law provides no clear or consistent policy regarding the release of body camera recordings. In April, the Los Angeles Police Commission adopted a policy similar to AB 748. But other departments commonly cite “pending investigation” as a reason to withhold the recordings under the Public Records Act. Such secrecy fosters mistrust after critical incidents occur. The new law does not supersede a department’s ability to set its own disclosure rules, so long as the rules comply with the general guidelines set forth in AB 748.

Footage from body-worn cameras can help shed light and provide clarity when there is confusion in the community after tragic events. The footage can even help clear law enforcement of any perceived wrongdoing. If releasing body camera recordings interferes with an investigation, AB 748 also allows for 30-day delays.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Governor Signs Ting Bill That Could Help Inmates Get a Second ChanceCalifornians serving unjustly long prison sentences may get a second chance under a bill signed by Governor Brown today. AB 2942 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) gives prosecutors the discretion to review cases and recommend a sentence reduction, if warranted. The recommendation is then submitted to a sentencing court, which would make the final determination.

“District attorneys have found that certain prison sentences, upon further review, are no longer in the interest of justice. Let’s give them a tool to revisit cases in which defendants were sentenced under outdated guidelines, have been rehabilitated and would benefit from a second chance,” said Ting, author of AB 2942. Under current California law, only the Board of Parole Hearings may recommend a change to defendant’s sentence.

While public safety remains a key priority, emerging research suggests past policies should be revisited. A University of Chicago report found longer prison sentences have marginal effects on reducing recidivism. In addition, results from a separate study by the Brennan Center for Justice indicate that prison sentences could by shortened by 25% across the board without a negative effect on public safety.