San Diego Sets Itself Apart As the State's Leader in Using Red Flag Gun Laws

Publication: CBS 8 San Diego

While state leaders are pushing for more widespread use of California's red flag laws, San Diego has set itself apart as the leader in pursuing gun-violence restraining orders: a pro-active law enforcement tool credited with saving lives. 

Last year during the height of the pandemic, handgun sales in California shot up by a record 65% compared to the year before. 

State Funds New Chinatown Arts Center With $26.5M

Publication: San Francisco Examiner/Bay City News

Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, on Thursday announced he was able to secure $26.5 million in state funding for a new arts and media center in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Ting, chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, said the new center, to be called Edge on the Square, would be a destination for visitors and tourists to learn about Asian and Pacific Islanders in the arts, education, social change and technology sectors.

Assemblymember Ting Secures Funding To Establish a New Arts & Media Center for San Francisco’s Chinatown

San Francisco – Chinatown is getting a new arts and media center after Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, secured $26.5M in state funding to help the Chinatown Media and Arts Collaborative (CMAC) purchase a site for Edge on the Square. Called the state’s first Asian and Pacific Islander (API)-focused destination of its kind for regional visitors and tourists, CMAC hopes to create a fresh narrative of equity and inclusion, fostering greater understanding through the works of artists, performers, activists, technologists and educators.

Ting Statement on California’s New Budget

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, released the following statement regarding the Governor’s signature on key budget bills:

July 14: Virtual Town Hall on Unemployment & State Disability Insurance

Learn about State Disability Insurance and Unemployment Insurance with updates on work search requirements for the unemployed. Questions can be submitted in advance, and attendees will have time during the town hall to ask general questions about both programs. RSVP here. Then go to Facebook here to join the Virtual Town Hall at 5:00 pm on July 14th.

UC's Top Schools Set To Admit More California Students After Budget Deal

Publication: San Francisco Chronicle

The undergraduate student body at the University of California’s most popular campuses — UC Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Diego — is about to get a little more, well, Californian.

Nonresident students will have a tougher time getting into those schools next year after state legislators and Gov. Gavin Newsom agreed on a plan to cap enrollment of out-of-state and international students, starting with the 2022 fall semester.