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.

Ting Statement on Additional Budget Actions Taken

 

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, released the following statement on today’s budget actions:

“Today’s budget presents us with a great opportunity to transform California. We are seizing the moment by lifting more families out of poverty through Golden State Stimulus checks and the expansion of safety net programs, including a lower age for Medi-Cal eligibility regardless of immigration status. We are also investing a record $12 billion in new funding for homeless programs. I’m especially pleased with the strides we are making in higher education, adding more slots for Californians at UC and CSU and making more financial aid available. We are doing more for communities that continue to face challenges as we recover from the pandemic. This spending plan is a true reflection of the things we value most in California: inclusivity and opportunity for all to succeed.”