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LA Times: Lawmakers Grill Newsom Officials on Homelessness Spending After Audit Causes Bipartisan Frustration

Democrats and Republicans expressed frustration Monday as they grilled Gov. Gavin Newsom’s top housing officials in a tense legislative hearing about how billions of state dollars have been spent on the worsening homelessness crisis.

The hearing by the Assembly budget subcommittee on accountability and oversight came after a state audit released last month found that California has failed to adequately track the outcomes of its vast spending on homelessness programs, raising questions about efficacy and transparency.

SF Examiner: State Budget Allocation Will Let Chinese Hospital Bring More Care Beds To SF

San Francisco’s only independent hospital is getting a boost from the state to improve the Bay Area’s access to care for patients who require special medical equipment, supplies and treatment.

Assemblyman Phil Ting who will reach his term limit later this year, announced Friday that $5 million had been allocated from the 2023-24 state budget to Chinese Hospital to construct a 23-bed subacute-care unit.

Milestones Achieved & More State Funding Secured For Project That Will Improve Access To Sub-Acute Care Services In San Francisco

A collaboration between Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Chinese Hospital to ease the sub-acute bed crisis locally has reached key milestones, bringing a new sub-acute wing to the Chinatown facility a big step closer to reality. 

Phase One of Chinese Hospital’s new wing, dubbed the Mechanical Backbone Project, is now complete with the help of $5 million from the 2022-23 California state budget that Ting secured. Much of the section’s infrastructure required updating and remodeling. With that portion done, Ting announced today another $5 million allocated from the 2023-24 state budget, allowing Phase Two of the construction to begin. This entails building out the 23-bed sub-acute unit itself.

Ting Highlights Legislative & Budgetary Work On Active Transportation, As San Francisco Begins Bike & Roll To School Week

On the eve of San Francisco Bike and Roll To School Week, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) hosted an event today to get students ready. His annual bike fair offered safety tips, bicycle tune-ups, a free helmet giveaway and more. 

“It’s good for the environment and their health when we show our kids there are other ways to get to school than a car,” said Ting. “I’ve been a champion of active transportation, working to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. Slowly, but surely, we are making our streets safer and more accessible for everyone.”

SF Examiner: Why SF farmers markets fear end of this state benefit

Thousands of low-income San Franciscans are poised to lose a critical food benefit if Gov. Gavin Newsom’s currently proposed budget cuts pass through the California State Assembly, and local farmers market operators say they’re fearful of the impact in The City.

The Market Match program, started 15 years ago and funded through the California Nutrition Incentive Program, allows recipients of CalFresh and federal food benefits to match daily purchases at farmers markets up to $15 with vouchers.

NBC Bay Area: State Lawmakers Consider Oversight, Accountability For Driverless Vehicle Companies

State lawmakers on Monday once again are focusing on how to make our roads safer when it comes to driverless vehicles.

The state Assembly is considering measures to include better oversight and more accountability for the companies that own and operate driverless vehicles as well as conequences for when those vehicles make mistakes.

Assemblymember Phil Ting of San Francisco is behind the bill.

Asm Committee To Consider Ting’s Legislation to Strengthen Public Safety When Autonomous Vehicles Operate On CA Streets

As autonomous vehicles (AVs) become increasingly part of our lives, steps must be taken to ensure safety protocols and traffic laws are followed. After months of engaging industry representatives and local transportation leaders, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) has proposed AB 1777, which prioritizes public safety. The Assembly Transportation Committee will be considering the proposal on Monday, April 22, beginning around 12:30 p.m. when floor session adjourns. (Watch here.)

Ting Highlights His 2024 Environmental Legislation As Earth Day Approaches

Harmful chemicals and clean transportation top the list of environmental priorities that Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) is championing this year. Known for his efforts to accelerate California’s transition to clean cars and improving recycling access, Ting continues his pursuit of solutions that help ensure a sustainable future.

“I’m alarmed over reports that climate change is accelerating. Earth Day gives people a chance to reflect on their relationship with our planet, and frankly, we must do better,” said Ting. “I hope California persists in leading the way. Like all parents, I’ve got kids to think about and the world they will inherit.”

Each of the following bills have already cleared at least one Assembly committee:

KRON: New Bill Proposes Converting Downtown SF’s Office Spaces Into Housing

On Tuesday, San Francisco Assemblymember Phil Ting proposed a bill to convert Downtown San Francisco’s empty office spaces into housing. The way they would convert the spaces, Ting says, is through tax incentives.

“We can address two problems with one bill. AB 2488 empowers San Francisco to create vibrant, walkable, mixed-use communities that open the door to new economic, social and cultural opportunities. The prospect is exciting,” said Ting.

Conversion of Empty Office Spaces to Housing Could Revitalize Downtown San Francisco Under New Legislation By Asm Ting

San Francisco’s downtown could once again thrive under AB 2488 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). The legislation uses a tax incentive to attract developers who can turn vacant office buildings into much needed residential units. The conversions aim to generate economic activity with the increased foot traffic, while providing relief to the City’s longstanding housing shortage.

“We can address two problems with one bill. AB 2488 empowers San Francisco to create vibrant, walkable, mixed-use communities that open the door to new economic, social and cultural opportunities. The prospect is exciting,” said Ting.