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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Ting Holds Virtual Town Halls For Constituents on April 3

Assemblymember Phil Ting is hosting a virtual town hall on COVID-19/Coronavirus for his constituents in Assembly District 19, which encompasses the westside of San Francisco and Northern San Mateo County.

It will be held on Friday, April 3 at 2:00 pm.

Residents can submit questions here prior to the event.

Then join the virtual town hall by going to Assemblymember Ting's Facebook page here.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Ting Holds Virtual Town Halls For Constituents on March 31

Assemblymember Phil Ting is hosting a virtual town hall on COVID-19/Coronavirus for his constituents in Assembly District 19, which encompasses the westside of San Francisco and Northern San Mateo County.

It will be held Tuesday, March 31st at 2:00 pm.

Residents can submit questions here prior to the event.

Then join the virtual town hall by going to Assemblymember Ting's Facebook page here.

Monday, March 23, 2020

As part of the emergency state budget allocation under SB 89 to help California address the COVID-19 pandemic, the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council awarded grants to local jurisdictions and service providers to limit community spread. To see list of recipients, click here.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

March 23: Ting Holds Virtual Town Hall on Coronavirus

 

Assemblymember Phil Ting is hosting a virtual town hall on COVID-19/Coronavirus for his constituents in Assembly District 19, which encompasses the westside of San Francisco and Northern San Mateo County.

Residents can submit questions here.

Then join the virtual town hall by going to Assemblymember Ting's Facebook page here.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Assemblymembers Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Autumn Burke (D-South Bay, Los Angeles) sent a letter to the California Association of County Treasurers & Tax Collector urging them waive late payment penalties and other relief for property owners affected by COVID-19. The full letter is here:  Assemblymembers Ting and Burke Urge Relief for Property Owners  

Friday, March 20, 2020

ing Unveils Bill to Prevent Evictions & Foreclosures for Californians Affected by COVID-19The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the paychecks of millions of Californians. They’ve either lost their jobs or had their hours significantly reduced. Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) is introducing AB 828 to help those struggling to make ends meet, imposing a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures on residents whose incomes have been diminished because of the coronavirus.

“We already had a homeless crisis before the coronavirus reached California. The last thing we need is to put more people on the streets and increase community spread,” said Ting. “We must prioritize public health right now and keep people housed.”

AB 828 defines the moratorium period and provides a framework for repayment of past-due monies. Provisions include:
•    No evictions or foreclosures during the declared state of emergency related to COVID-19, plus 15 days afterward
•    Courts can set up a repayment plan for monies owed and allow residents to remain in the residence
•    Payment recovery period may go through March 2021 if economic hardship due to the coronavirus can be proven

In recognition of the same financial difficulties that small businesses and nonprofits are facing during this pandemic, Ting has also agreed to principal co-author SB 939, a proposal by State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) that establishes similar protective measures on the commercial side.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

As of Thursday night, March 19, Governor Newsom has ordered all Californians to stay at home until further notice, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Only those with essential jobs or providing essential services can go to work. For the sake of public health, please comply. You can read the order here.

Details of what's open and what you can do can be found here.

California's comprehensive website on COVID-19 can be found here. 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Ting Applauds Govenor's Plan for Seton Medical Center

(San Francisco) -- After advocating for months to save Seton Medical Center, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) commended Governor Newsom for using special COVID-19 response funds from the state budget to secure the services of the Daly City hospital. The facility was set for imminent closure and would have left the southern portion of San Francisco and Northern San Mateo County with no emergency room, potentially straining other nearby urgent care centers and forcing residents to drive farther for care.

“I’m grateful the Governor saw the urgent need to keep Seton Medical Center open during this pandemic,” said Ting, whose district includes Daly City. “But even after our current public health crisis passes, it would be imperative for this facility to remain open because 27,000 patients, mostly elderly and low-income, are served there. Seton’s immediate closure would have created a health care desert. I’m proud to have joined with community leaders over the past year to work toward saving it."

The agreement with Seton is made possible under SB 89, a bill which Ting, as Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, urged lawmakers to pass on Monday, allocating up to $1 billion to help the state combat COVID-19. The measure passed with bipartisan support in both houses and was signed by the Governor on Tuesday.

In August 2018, Verity, owners of Seton Medical Center and other health facilities, filed for bankruptcy. Seton garnered some interest from buyers, but a sale never materialized, worrying community leaders. The state stepping in is welcome news because the move buys some time.

Seton Medical Center was founded more a century ago in San Francisco, operating as Mary’s Help Hospital. It moved to its current location in 1965, becoming Daly City’s largest employer with about 1,500 workers. The facility has 357 beds, and 80% of patients use MediCal and Medicare.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

San Francisco, California -- In response to the alarming escalation in xenophobia and bigotry resulting from the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) and San Francisco Asian American Studies Department have launched a reporting center to collect and track incidents of anti-Asian American and Pacific islander hate violence, adult harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying in California and throughout the country. The reporting center will enable individuals who have been directly impacted by or witnessed firsthand this issue to share their stories here. 

The lead organizations plan to work with public, private and other community based organizations to develop targeted education and media campaigns, to provide resources for impacted individuals and to advocate for policies and programs dedicated to curtailing racial profiling.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) urged lawmakers on March 16 to pass SB 89, allocating up to $1 billion from the state budget to respond the COVID-19 pandemic. After approval in both houses, Governor Newsom signed the emergency measure on March 17.