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San Francisco Delegation Highlights Millions In Emergency State Funding To Address MPX

An influx of new resources will strengthen California’s response to the MPX (formerly known as monkeypox) outbreak, as a result of Governor Newsom signing AB 179 this week. A provision in that budget bill immediately allocates $41.5 million for vaccine access, testing, treatments and outreach/education – with an emphasis to include disadvantaged and marginalized communities. One of the key lessons of COVID-19 has been the need for our public health system to better serve them.

“Because of the slow federal response this summer, state and local efforts have been key to addressing the MPX virus. This funding not only keeps resources flowing, but it also builds them up. We must make sure hospitals, clinics, patients, and advocacy groups continue to get what they need during a public health emergency,” said Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco).

Ting Announces $3.2 Million From California Budget To Jumpstart Daly City’s Safe Routes To School Project

Two weeks into the new school year at the Jefferson Elementary School District, teachers, parents and students received welcome news that the state will help make commutes safer. Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) announced $3.2 million from the state budget for the Daly City Safe Routes To School project. It entails wider sidewalks, higher visibility crosswalks, shorter crossing distances and other general improvements for increased pedestrian and bicycling safety.

“In order to meet our climate change goals and instill healthy habits in our kids, we must make walking or biking to and from school viable. But these options must be safe,” said Ting, whose district includes northern San Mateo County. “Communities of color often don’t get the transportation infrastructure they need, and I’m thrilled I could secure the funding that will be impactful for generations.”

Headed To The Governor: Ting’s Proposed Reforms To Ease Burdensome Bridge & Road Toll Penalties

After today’s concurrence vote by the California State Assembly, drivers may soon see changes to the way late fees and penalties are assessed on unpaid tolls. AB 2594 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) is now headed to the Governor, who will consider whether to bring more fairness and equity into the way outstanding toll charges are handled.

“While I applaud the use of technology for toll payments, we’ve disproportionately impacted drivers who don’t have debit or credit cards. The fines and penalties imposed on unpaid tolls can total more than a ticket for traffic violations,” said Ting. “We shouldn’t saddle Californians with unrelenting debt just for going to work.”

SF Chronicle: CA’s Historic Ban On Gas-Powered Cars Includes One Major Exception

California regulators approved a plan Thursday to mostly ban the sale of new gas-powered cars starting in 2035, adopting the first statewide clean-car mandate of its kind in the country.

The move formalizes an executive order that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed nearly two years ago, requiring the state to phase out the sale of cars that generate planet-warming emissions. Electric-vehicle experts called the vote historic and said it will reshape the global auto market.

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Ting’s Bill To Reform California’s Jaywalking Laws Heads To the Governor

California may soon be legalizing safe street crossings after final legislative approval was given today to AB 2147, The Freedom To Walk Act by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). The bill now heads to the Governor, who has until September 30th to act.

In Ting’s continued efforts to seek fairness in fines and prevent potentially escalating police stops for jaywalking, his legislation ends law enforcement’s ability to cite pedestrians for jaywalking when roadways are clear. Jaywalking is arbitrarily enforced throughout California, with tickets disproportionately given to people of color and lower-income individuals who cannot afford tickets that often total hundreds of dollars.

Ting Praises Vote To Ban The Sale Of Most New, Gas-Powered Vehicles in California by 2035

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding today’s California Air Resources Board action on zero-emission vehicles: “I have always believed California should lead the clean car movement. That was the idea behind my 2018 bill, AB 1745, which banned the sale of new, gas-powered vehicles in our state by 2040. While the legislation stalled, it sparked conversations about how we can move in that direction. Since then, our climate crisis has worsened with transportation remaining a top contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Today’s vote by the California Air Resources Board is a necessary step to accelerate our efforts to save the environment and protect our health. It will also create good-paying clean energy jobs and reinforce our state's role as a global climate leader.

SF Gate: Sunset Senior Centers Get Millions In State Funds

A pair of senior facilities in San Francisco's Sunset District are getting a boost in state funding, which will help build, renovate and improve the spaces.

Assemblymember Phil Ting announced last week that $3.5 million from the state would be released to enhance the facilities.

The South Sunset Senior Center will receive $2.3 million dollars for upgrades, while an additional $1.2 million will go to support a new senior center on Taraval Street to be run by the nonprofit organization Self Help for the Elderly.

Stateline: Your Check's in the Mail: States Give Tax Refunds to Cushion Inflation

This month, Colorado taxpayers began receiving refunds from the state government. Joint filers got $1,500, and single filers got $750. Enclosed was a letter from Democratic Gov. Jared Polis, who noted that the checks — required under the state constitution — were being mailed ahead of schedule, due to a law passed this session, to help people cope with rising prices.

“At a time when inflation is causing increases in the cost of everyday items, we are committed to getting this money to you as quickly as possible,” Polis wrote.

Ting Announces State Funding To Improve & Expand Resources For AAPI Seniors In San Francisco’s Sunset District

According to nonprofit, Self Help For the Elderly, the fastest growing demographic is seniors, and by 2030, nearly one-third of the city’s residents will be at least 60 years old with nearly half identifying as Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI). In order to meet the growing needs of AAPI seniors living in San Francisco’s Sunset District, Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) announced $3.5 million from the California budget to enhance and improve services at two facilities serving this population.

“I want our elders to age with dignity and enjoy their independence. That means we must invest in community spaces where they can live out their golden years in safe, nurturing environments among people they know and in neighborhoods they’re familiar with. Not only does the state funding I secured provide options for a healthy lifestyle, but it also enables them to thrive,” said Ting, whose district includes the Sunset.