CA Energy Markets: Bill Would Increase Reporting, Transparency for Public EV-Charging Stations

As California continues to develop its infrastructure for electric vehicles, a bill proposed last week in the state Assembly aims to increase the reliability of publicly funded EV charging stations as part of the state's efforts to increase EV adoption to meet its climate goals. AB 2061 was introduced by Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino) and Assembly Budget Committee Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to require disclosure of reliability data for all publicly funded EV charging stations in California.

NBC Bay Area: SF Assemblyman Renews Attempt to Decriminalize Jaywalking Statewide

State Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) on Wednesday announced he's proposed legislation to decriminalize jaywalking, which he said, is often arbitrarily enforced and disproportionately affects people of color.

Assembly Bill 2147, The Freedom to Walk Act, would decriminalize jaywalking when the roadway is clear to cross.

The bill, authored by Ting, is the assemblyman's second attempt to decriminalize jaywalking in California. In March 2021, Ting introduced the similar AB 1238, but the bill was ultimately vetoed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Ting Reintroduces Proposal to Reform How Jaywalking Tickets Are Handed Out in California

San Francisco – Jaywalking is arbitrarily enforced throughout California with tickets disproportionately given to people of color and individuals of modest means. In a continued effort to seek fairness and prevent potentially escalating police stops for jaywalking, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) reintroduced a proposal to change the way pedestrians can be cited for crossing a street outside of an intersection. AB 2147, The Freedom To Walk Act, would decriminalize jaywalking when the roadway is safe to cross.

 “Whether it’s someone’s life or the hundreds of dollars in fines, the cost is too much for a relatively minor infraction. It’s time to reconsider how we use our law enforcement resources and whether our jaywalking laws really do protect pedestrians, especially when we are trying to encourage people to get out of their cars and walk more for health and environmental reasons,” said Ting at a San Francisco press conference.

Ethnic Media Grants Now Available To Stop AAPI Hate; Due March 14

The California State Library, in partnership with the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs (CAPIAA), is pleased to announce the availability of $10 million in grant funding for ethnic media outlets and organizations, especially those that serve communities that are historically vulnerable to hate incidents and hate crimes because of their ethnic, racial, religious, gender/gender expression, sexual orientation, or other identities.

ABC 7: San Francisco Lawmaker Proposes Bill To Mandate Consistent Hate Crime Policies Throughout State

San Francisco Assemblymember Phil Ting held a press conference Friday morning in San Francisco's Chinatown to announce a new bill he is proposing to address the rise in hate crimes.

Ting says he was surprised to find out that California does not require law enforcement agencies to have a uniform hate crimes policy. He wants to see consistent enforcement of hate crime laws and reporting of hate crimes when officers are filing their report.

Ting Introduces New Proposal To Mandate Hate Crime Policies At All California Law Enforcement Agencies

Legislation is in response to rising hate incidents against AAPI Community

SAN FRANCISCO – To help address the increased number of hate crimes and incidents targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced AB 1947, which would require all California law enforcement agencies to adopt an updated hate crimes policy. The protocols should include how authorities recognize, report and respond to hate crimes, bringing consistency to responses victims receive and the information being collected.

“Unbelievably, California does not require law enforcement agencies to have a hate crimes policy. As we see the AAPI community facing a major surge in violence and harassment solely based on their race, we must have consistent enforcement of hate crime laws and accurate data collection,” said Ting who also championed a $166 million budget package last year to help stop AAPI hate.

Ting Targets “Forever Chemicals” Used in Fabrics To Protect Consumers & Environment

Building upon California’s efforts to scale down the presence of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D- San Francisco) today introduced AB 1817/The Safer Clothes and Textiles Act, banning the use of these harmful chemicals in fabrics. Clothing, footwear, bedding, drapes and upholstery are some of the common everyday products treated with PFAS to repel water and stains.

“California has already enacted a series of laws to protect consumers and the environment from the hazardous impacts of PFAS, including a bill I successfully championed just last year prohibiting its use in paper-based food packaging. These efforts center on the premise that prevention is the best cure, and my bill would extend this same logic to the textile industry to reduce the harm these substances can cause,” said Ting. “There are safer alternatives manufacturers can use.”

California Lawmakers Approve 2022 COVID-19 Sick Leave

The California Legislature has approved a bill requiring workers receive up to two weeks of paid time off if they get sick from the coronavirus. 

Employees are entitled to 40 hours of PTO going back to January, but this time, there's no federal money to offset the cost. Asm. Vince Fong (R), Vice Chair of the Budget Committee, said without help from the federal government, the cost could be troublesome.

.... Chairman Phil Ting (D) said he recognizes that burden.