Monday, May 21, 2018

Senator Wiener & Assemblymember Ting join Students, Legislators, Community Leaders to Announce New Bill to Prevent Gun Shows at the Cow Palace in Daly CityDaly City –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) joined students, elected officials, and gun violence prevention advocates to announce a new effort to ban gun and ammunition sales at the Cow Palace, a state-owned venue located in Daly City. The Cow Palace hosts gun shows a few times a year, most recently in April of this year. At that event, a group of high school students protested the gun show in hopes of ending gun sales in their community. Student leaders from that protest joined the announcement today, which took place at the Bayshore Community Center in Daly City.

Senate Bill 221 will ban the sale of guns and ammunition at the Cow Palace. There is an exemption for gun buyback programs run by law enforcement, which are essential programs for removing guns from the community. Gun shows are only a small number of the events held at the Cow Palace, and the speakers at today’s press conference expressed their support for the Cow Palace and their hopes that the event space will continue to serve as a vital part of the local and Bay Area community.

Monday, May 14, 2018
Celebrating Asian Pacific Island Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific Island Heritage Month. The California State Assembly celebrated the accomplishments of several Californians, including author & fellow UC Berkeley alumni/classmate, Viet Thanh Nguyen, whose New York Times best-selling novel “The Sympathizer” won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction & numerous other awards. In addition, we honored former Asian Law Caucus Executive Director and my former Board Chair at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Law Caucus, Peggy Saika, who has been a big influence in my career. Long-time leaders and honorees, Dave Low Amanda Nguyen, Maeley Tom, Ron Wong and Vincent Zhou, were also recognized for their contributions.

Friday, May 11, 2018

(Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, released the following statement about the May Revision of Governor Jerry Brown’s state budget proposal for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, which starts on July 1. The Assembly Budget Committee released a preliminary analysis of the proposal. Ting’s statement is as follows:

"With May Revise revenues higher than expected, our economy and job market are clearly healthy. In these times of prosperity, we need to make sure we bring all Californians along for the ride. I’m pleased to see the Governor prioritize emergency grants to local governments to address the state’s homeless crisis and look forward to working with the Administration to make sure the need is met.  However, more still needs to be done to expand health care to put us on the path towards universal coverage and ensure students have access to higher education that’s affordable, as prioritized by the Assembly. When we craft a spending plan that addresses these issues, we make our state stronger and build a brighter future with opportunity for all – while still saving for a rainy day. Whatever differences the governor and the Legislature have will get ironed out in the coming weeks. In the end, we will have a budget that moves California forward.”

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Record number of Californians Claim State Earned Income Tax CreditA record number of hard working individuals and families -- over 1.2 million -- have already claimed their earned CA Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), an effective anti-poverty program in the state with the highest poverty rate in the nation. These numbers have tripled from last year and are expected to continue to rise given the credit can be claimed after tax day through the end of the year.  

“Record numbers of Californians are benefitting from the Earned Income Tax Credit thanks to the outreach efforts of government agencies and advocates like CalEITC4Me,” said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood). “That means more money in the pockets of working families and more money going into local stores and businesses.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Assemblymember Phil Ting discusses B proposal to improve California's health care systemSACRAMENTO–Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa), chair of the Health Committee, and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), chair of the Budget Committee, are pleased to announce a $1 billion investment to fund significant improvements in California’s health care system through the Assembly’s budget proposal.

By approving these actions prior to the May Revision—among the first major budget actions this year—Assembly Democrats are showing that improving the health care system is one of its key priorities. 

“Building on the 6 months’ work of the Assembly’s Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage, this funding package will be a major step forward in California taking the lead to expand coverage, increase access, address workforce capacity issues, improve accountability and transparency and make health care more affordable for the middle class,” said Arambula.

Monday, April 30, 2018

I'm proud to honor Bijan Sartipi, who recently retired from CalTrans after more than three decades at the agency. Since 2002, he had been Director of District 4, overseeing many of the Bay Area's biggest transportation projects. In San Francisco, that included the $1.1B Presidio Project which opened in July 2015, replacing Doyle Drive. With his parents present, Bijan (far right) accepted the Assembly resolution thanking him for his leadership and service. We wish him all the best in retirement.

Monday, April 16, 2018
Assemblymember Phil Ting and Rabbi Carla Fenves During the Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

Assemblymember Phil Ting honored Rabbi Carla Fenves during the California State Assembly’s annual recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Week. She is the granddaughter of two Holocaust survivors, Ervin and Vera Fenves of Hungary. During World War II, Vera survived by hiding in the kitchen of a righteous gentile family’s restaurant. Ervin escaped a Nazi labor camp and joined the resistance using his artistic talents to forge documents. After first meeting as children, Ervin and Vera reconnected after the war, married, and had two children.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), along with other lawmakers, law enforcement and emergency room workers came out in strong support of Assembly Bill 1795, which will allow paramedics to take some patients directly to an alternative care facility instead of to an overcrowded hospital emergency room. Specifically AB 1795 will permit paramedics to take individuals affected by mental health-related conditions or alcohol intoxication directly to a behavioral health facility or sobering center.

Monday, April 2, 2018

For Immediate Release:  April 2, 2018 - Contact: Nannette Miranda (916) 319-2019 - Nannette.Miranda@asm.ca.gov

Larkin Street Youth Services Receives $2.5 million State Grant To Help Homeless Teens & Young Adults

Assemblymember Phil Ting and others announce 0 million state grant for homeless youth(San Francisco) – Larkin Street Youth Services will be able to house more homeless teens and young adults in the City, thanks to a new $2.5 million state grant. On any given night, more than 1,300 youth in San Francisco don’t have a safe place to call home. That stunning number inspired Assembly Budget Committee Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to champion the effort last year to secure $10 million in state funding for the new Homeless Youth Emergency Services and Housing Program, which aims to provide rental assistance, transitional or supportive housing to those under 25 years old.

“It’s unacceptable to have so many kids on the streets,” said Ting. “Larkin Street has a proven track record of guiding clients toward productive lives. That’s a good investment to make, and I’m proud to have fought for this new funding.”

Friday, March 16, 2018

More Californians are eligible for a state tax refund under the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), which was expanded for the 2017 tax year and beyond. Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, fought to expand the program through the state budget process last year. Research shows that EITCs are an effective anti-poverty tool for many struggling families.

“When working families live paycheck to paycheck, they struggle to build and focus on the future. This modest boost in income can be life-changing,” said Ting. “The previous income limits were too low, and I’m glad the Governor and my colleagues in the Legislature agreed with me that more Californians should benefit.”