Ting Secures Funding To Renovate/Repair Buchanan Mall in San Francisco’s Japantown


After decades of neglect, San Francisco Japantown’s Buchanan Mall is finally getting a much needed makeover after Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) secured $5 million from the state budget. This open public space, which also serves as a vital commercial corridor, has not seen any upgrades since 1976, despite its historical significance.

“Japantown, like many API communities, has not received the types of investments needed to thrive and provide valued historical lessons that teach us about the mistakes of the past and foster greater understanding. Amid rising Asian hate, this kind of attention and critical support is long overdue,” said Ting, Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee. 

Most Federal Unemployment Benefits Are Expiring Sept 4, 2021

September 4, 2021 is the expiration date for most federal unemployment benefits, including: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), the $300 Federal Additional Compensation (PAC) supplement, and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC). September 11, 2021, is the end of the Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED) extension. Claimants are receiving notices about these changes, with links to the other vital benefit programs that continue.

Frustrated by EDD? Here's Where You Can Go For Help

Publication: KTVU/Fox 2

Raymond Drescher, 45, was laid off as a security guard during the pandemic and had been receiving monthly checks for several months until California's Employment Development Department told him that he was a perpetrator of fraud and they cut him off.

The accusation of theft is bogus, Drescher says. 

... No one is tallying exactly how many people have called their legislative offices, which includes both the Assembly and Senate.

Could Reparations Make For Fairer Juries?

Publication: San Francisco Chronicle

I’ve heard several stories from San Francisco Public Defender Manohar Raju about his courtroom experiences over the years. One that’s stuck is about a man who was excused from jury service because he lived in Bayview, the same neighborhood as the Black defendant.

Raju said the dismissal prompted a different prospective juror to criticize the process.

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: