Community Youth Center Breaks Ground on Richmond District Hub

The Community Youth Center of San Francisco broke ground Wednesday on a Richmond District community hub that will help the organization expand on programs and services in the neighborhood.

The 7,160-square-foot, two-story building located at 952 Clement Street will offer workforce development programs, a shared community room for workshops, administrative offices and space for other programs once crews finish construction. The facility will also feature a state-of-the-art computer club and rooftop garden.

Nov 13: Assemblymember Phil Ting Holds Virtual Town Hall

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) will hold his final Virtual Town Hall of the year on Saturday, November 13, from 10:00 to 11:30 am. He'll update constituents on new laws taking effect on January 1; plus attendees are encouraged to give input on ideas regarding what Sacramento's legislative and budget priorities should be for 2022. RSVP or submit a question here.

Community Youth Center of San Francisco Breaks Ground on the Richmond Community Hub

For over 30 years, the Community Youth Center of San Francisco (CYC), has championed underserved youth and families living and working in the Richmond district. As part of an expansion plan, CYC purchased a building located at 952 Clement Street to increase programs and services in a neighborhood that is ethnically and economically diverse. The Richmond Community Hub will be a 7,160 square foot two story building with a rooftop deck. The Richmond Community Hub will be home to workforce development programs, a state-of-the art computer clubhouse, a shared community room for workshops and gatherings, administrative offices, and program space.

“CYC has done extraordinary work for the Richmond. I was happy to be their champion in Sacramento, securing $2.5 million in state funding for their new center. This investment will ensure the organization’s impact will be felt for generations to come,” said Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco).

SF Welcomes Pilot Program That Increases Pay To Low-Income Jurors

‘Be the Jury’ aims to explore if demographics can be improved

San Francisco officials on Tuesday applauded a state bill recently signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom that would increase pay for low-income residents serving on jury duty.

Assembly Bill 1452, authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, establishes the Be The Jury pilot program through a partnership with the San Francisco Superior Court, compensating low-income jurors on criminal trials with $100 per day of jury service.

Newsom signed the bill on Friday, and the program is likely to start in January.

San Francisco To Start Paying Low To Moderate-Income Jurors Higher Daily Rate Under New Pilot Program

With the Governor’s signature on AB 1452 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), San Francisco will soon begin paying low to moderate-income jurors $100 per day – up from $15 a day. The pilot program called Be The Jury seeks to determine whether higher pay leads to more racial and socio-economic diversity in juries.

“The legal system is full of inequities, and juries lacking diversity exacerbate that. I thank the Governor for seeing the need for change and allowing our city to explore whether higher pay improves demographics. Studies show when juries are more reflective of the communities they serve, they spend more time in deliberations and are less likely to presume guilt, which help defendants get a fair trial,” said Ting.

Governor Signs Ting Bills Targeting Harmful “Forever Chemicals” That Come Into Contact With Our Food

Sacramento – With the Governor’s signature today on two bills by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), consumers will have less exposure to “forever chemicals,” known as PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. They’re harmful and linked to health problems, including cancer, hormone disruption, thyroid disease and vaccine interference; yet they’re added to food packaging, cookware, and many other products we come into contact with on a daily basis.

“PFAS chemicals have been a hidden threat to our health for far too long. I applaud the Governor for signing AB 1200 and 1201, allowing us to target, as well as limit, some of the toxicants coming into contact with our food,” said Ting.

Podcast: The Push To Decriminalize Jaywalking

Asm Ting Discusses His Bill, AB 1238

[Listen here.] Rules against jaywalking are rarely enforced, but in many places, when someone does get a ticket, it’s more likely than not a person of color — and the penalty is steep. Jaywalking tickets disproportionately affect communities of color in California’s biggest cities. Critics say that’s because of systemic racism, and state lawmakers want to address the disparity. A bill awaiting the signature of Gov.