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San Jose Homeowners Can Now Sell Their Accessory Dwelling Unit Because of New State Law

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Mayor Matt Mahan and housing advocates highlighted a new path to affordable home ownership today under a local ordinance that took effect this week. This Silicon Valley city became the first in California to opt into AB 1033 by Ting, allowing property owners to sell their accessory dwelling units (ADUs) as a condominium, separately from their main house. Both would then have shared obligations, but separate titles.

“I thank the City of San Jose for seeing the impact that my legislation could have across their neighborhoods. ADU ownership could provide a path for residents to buy their first home, or even allow our seniors to downsize. With this less expensive housing option available, increased home ownership can help build stronger communities,” said Ting.

Op-Ed: CA Should Focus EV Incentives On Low-Income Drivers

New research shows that California’s existing electric vehicle (EV) tax credits mostly benefit high-income individuals, while largely failing to reach other Californians. This is a problem for both our climate and people’s pocketbooks. Targeting EVs to low-income, high-mileage households would not only save low-to-middle-income Californians hundreds of dollars a year on fuel costs but also help cut emissions faster and more efficiently.

SF Chronicle: Legacy Admissions: What New Data From Private CA Colleges Shows

Universities across the country lost the right to consider the race of applicants in admissions decisions last year when the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed affirmative action in higher education.

But five California private schools, including Stanford and Santa Clara universities, continue to give preferential treatment to the children of alumni or wealthy donors who apply for admission, which was not part of the court’s ban.

LA Times: New CA Laws That Take Effect in July


Starting July 1, credit card payment networks must provide a unique identifying code for gun and ammunition retailers. Those four-digit identifiers, known as “merchant category codes,” already appear on credit card statements for most types of businesses, including grocery stores, hotels and gas stations, and help payment networks offer rewards and track spending trends.

Gun Violence & Hate Crime Legislation by Asm Ting Take Effect July 1

More preventative tools championed by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) will become available next month that will help address two public safety concerns: gun violence and hate crimes. First, under AB 1587, financial institutions must make a Merchant Category Code (MCC) available for firearms and ammunition on July 1. Those companies indicated earlier this year they would comply.

Retailers then have until May 2025 to integrate the code into their systems. When unusual or suspicious purchases occur with this code, banks and credit card companies would be able to flag such activity. They are already trained to submit Suspicious Activity Reports to the federal government when they suspect activities are reflective of crimes, such as human trafficking, terrorism and fraud. 

SF Standard: ‘The Pain Will Just Kill Me’: Newsom Blasted For Cutting Acupuncture In State Budget

... The latest state budget proposal excludes acupuncture from the state-subsidized Medi-Cal services for low-income and vulnerable individuals, sparking a furious backlash from patients and the Chinese American community—especially in San Francisco.

... Phil Ting, a Chinese American Assembly Member from San Francisco, was a major supporter of restoring acupuncture benefits to Medi-Cal in 2016. He said he will push for acupuncture during the state budget process again.