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CA Assembly Approves Ting’s Legislation To Consolidate, Close Some Prisons Amid State’s Budget Crisis

At a time when California is facing a large budget deficit, the state Assembly today approved AB 2178 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), which could save billions of dollars in prison costs. The bill sets a threshold of how many empty beds the state can have, paving the way to consolidating – even closing – some prisons, while promoting fiscal responsibility and enhancing community safety.

“The passage of my legislation comes at a crucial time, as California grapples with severe budget constraints. It’s fiscally irresponsible to maintain such high levels of unused prison beds at taxpayer expense when schools, social safety net programs, transportation and other priorities are on line,” said Ting. 

CA Assembly Approves Ting’s Legislation To End Legacy Admissions Practices So That College Access Is More Fair & Equitable

California is another step closer to ending preferential treatment in the college application process, after the state Assembly today approved AB 1780 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco).  The proposal prioritizes equal opportunity by banning “legacy admissions,” which heavily tips the scales in favor of accepting someone related to a donor or alumni of the university or college. It often results in a wealthier, less racially diverse student body. Continuing this practice could result in financial consequences for the school.

“Everyone should be considered fairly. If you work hard, get good grades and have a well-rounded background, your spot should not be taken by someone else just because their family can write a big check or is a graduate of that school,” said Ting. “If we value diversity in higher education, we must level the playing field. That means making the college application process more fair and equitable.”

Assembly Approves Ting’s Legislation to Improve Public Safety When Autonomous Vehicles Operate On CA Streets

With the bi-partisan approval of AB 1777 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), the California State Assembly took steps today to strengthen public safety where autonomous vehicles (AVs) are operating. Following reports of several incidents in the last few months, the legislation ensures safety protocols and traffic laws are followed statewide to protect passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers.

“Our regulations need to catch up, as this technology becomes increasingly commonplace. I’m glad to see lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that we can provide a trusted ride service to residents and visitors without slowing innovation,” said Ting, who rode in an AV last Fall and found it safe.

After months of engaging industry representatives and local transportation leaders, AB 1777 addresses two areas to increase accountability and oversight of robo-taxis, so that rides and roads are safer:


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.