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Funding From State Budget To Increase Student Housing At San Francisco State University

As the State Legislature seeks to expand enrollment at its public universities, some students and schools still grapple with a lack of affordable student housing. Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) today announced two new state-supported projects on the San Francisco State University campus, which will bring much-needed, affordable housing to students, while creating a more equitable opportunities for student success at the City’s largest university.

California Announces Investments in Statewide Mental Health Call Centers

SAN FRANCISCO -- The state of California has allocated funds to continue both the California Peer-Run Warm Line and the CalHOPE Warm Line, providing residents in every county with all-hours non-crisis emotional support from peers by phone and chat, and adding text access by 2023.  

“Now more than ever, having a resource to support a person’s emotional health is a critical part of bolstering our overall health and well-being,” said Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). “These additional resources for the California Peer-Run Warm Line will ensure that those who are not in crisis, but still need support, are able to get the help they need.”  

$5M Funded By The State To Build A Subacute Care Unit Within Chinese Hospital For Patients In Need

n-hospital care has been very expensive and more and more patients who are in need have to be pushed out of the hospitals. Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) announced $5 million state fund has been allocated to the Chinese Hospital to support the building of a subacute care unit within the facility.

Ting, who is also the Assembly Budget Committee Chair, made the announcement at the annual golf tournament fundraising event at the Olympic Club on October 3. The $5 million fund was included in the state budget for the first time and secured by Ting.

SF Chronicle: Hastings Descendants Dispute Law School Name Is Racist. They Want The Name Kept — or a $1.7B Payout

Days after Gov. Gavin Newson signed a bill to reverse an 1878 law requiring that UC Hastings College of the Law forever keep its founder’s name — or the state must repay descendants $100,000, plus interest — six family members sued on Tuesday to get their money back.

If California persists in removing Hastings’ name from the law school on Jan. 1, the interest rate would be an annual 7%, family and supporters said Tuesday at a press conference outside San Francisco Superior Court.

LA Magazine: CA Pedestrians Will Soon Be Free to Jaywalk

Jaywalking will soon be decriminalized in California. Governor Gavin Newsom signed “The Freedom To Walk Act” (AB2147) last Friday, allowing citizens to cross streets outside of designated areas—so long as it is safe to do so—without the fear of being hit with a citation. Championed by Assemblyman Phil Ting (District 19), it was the second attempt at passage for the bill, which will go into effect on January 1, 2023.

Ting Bill Reforming California’s Jaywalking Laws Signed By The Governor

Pedestrians will soon be able to cross the street outside of an intersection without being ticketed, as long as it’s safe to do so. Governor Newsom signed AB 2147, The Freedom To Walk Act by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), which legalizes safe street crossings. The bill defines when an officer can stop and cite a pedestrian for jaywalking - specified as only when a reasonably careful person would realize there is an immediate danger of a collision.

“It should not be a criminal offense to safely cross the street. When expensive tickets and unnecessary confrontations with police impact only certain communities, it’s time to reconsider how we use our law enforcement resources and whether our jaywalking laws really do protect pedestrians,” said Ting. “Plus, we should be encouraging people to get out of their cars and walk for health and environmental reasons.”