Assemblymembers Williams And Ting Issue Statement On Jeb Bush Comments

Sacramento, CA - Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), Chair of the Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Vice Chair of the Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus release the following statement in response to a quote by Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush regarding his use of the derogatory term “anchor babies” relative to the Asian community:

Assemblymember Das Williams states:

“Jeb Bush’s comments on Asian immigrants are incredibly derogatory and appalling. Bush’s words harken back to 19th century ideas such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to deny American citizenship to Asians. The Asian American community is the fastest growing immigrant population in the United States, and I am angered that a Presidential candidate would use a national platform to demonize Asian Americans families.

Legislature Passes Ting Bill to Aid SF Bay Restoration

(Sacramento, CA) –   The California State Legislature passed legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to authorize the use of more financial tools, subject to voter approval, to pay for the restoration of the San Francisco Bay.

Assembly Bill (AB) 746 passed the Assembly today with a 49-28 vote, following a Senate a 26-11 Senate vote on Monday.  It is now pending Governor Jerry Brown’s signature or veto.

Love Wins, Says Ting on SCOTUS Marriage Equality Decision

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA)  Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) cheered today’s decision from the United States Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage across the country.  As the former Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco, Ting signed the first marriage license legally recognized by the State of California in conjunction with the marriage of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin in 2008.  Ting’s statement follows.

““The need to love makes everyone the same.  It is the ultimate expression of our humanity. Finally, the law frees all of us to publicly express love through marriage.  This leap forward inspires such profound joy in me, especially as a father.  Our shared struggle to reach this moment is something my young daughters will never experience in their own lives.  I can’t wait to march with them at Pride this weekend to celebrate how our lives are better when love wins!”

Ting Honors Veteran of the Year

Sonza (center left) travelled to the State Capitol with his wife Deanna and son Daniel (left), his father Redd (center right), and Ben Yang (right), Veteran Services Coordinator at San Francisco State University.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) honored 29-year-old John Mark Sonza of Daly City during the California State Assembly's 8th Annual Veteran of the Year Luncheon, which recognized veterans from across California and featured speeches from Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and other dignitaries.

"John has lived an inspiring life of service to his country and his roots in the Philippines," said Ting. "He has a beautiful family and very bright future ahead. I know John will make us even more proud to claim him as a member of our community."

State Budget Makes It A Little Easier To Be A Kid, Says Ting

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D–San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, issued the following statement about the passage of a state budget for California.  Ting’s statement follows.

“This budget makes it a little easier to be a kid in California.  A new tax credit will help keep millions out of poverty.  We will start providing health care to children regardless of immigration status.  Thousands more parents will be able to send their children to preschool and to childcare.  K-12 funding is at a new high, our public universities will expand California student enrollment, and financial aid expansion will enable more students to afford a college education.  But our kids deserve even more.  We cannot give them a better start in life over the long haul without reforming our tax code to ensure that the state’s financial future is even more secure.”

For further information, please see an analysis of the budget agreement online here.

Ting Honors Small Business of the Year

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) The Hard Wear Store was honored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) today as his small business of the year, in observance of California Small Business Day this week.  Ting presented owner Angela Tickler with a California State Assembly Resolution in her store honoring the store’s success.

“The Hard Wear Store opened in a tough economy and thrived,” said Ting.  “This inspiring success story embodies why we need productive small businesses.  The Hard Wear Store is not just a great place to shop, it contributes to the spirit and pride of our community.”

Assembly Passes Comprehensive Community College Accreditation Reforms

(Sacramento, CA) –  The California State Assembly Committee passed legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to ensure fairness, objectivity and transparency in the accreditation process affecting California’s community colleges. The vote occurred while our accreditor – the San Rafael-based Accreditation Commission on Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) – meets behind closed doors this week. Ting’s legislation moves to the State Senate for further review.

“We need education to be the great equalizer in our society but that role is compromised when education standards are enforced unfairly, arbitrarily, and in secret,” said Ting. “We need these reforms to end abuses of power from our accreditor. Sweeping change is needed that put the needs of our students first.”

Assembly Votes To Expand Healthy Food Access At Farmers' Markets

(Sacramento, CA) – The California State Assembly passed legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D–San Francisco) that will help California receive federal funding from the 2014 farm bill to expand healthy food access for low-income Californians on food stamps shopping at farmers’ markets.

Assembly Bill (AB) 1321 passed with a 54-16 vote and passes to the State Senate for further review.

“Diet is the foundation for good health.  We can expand access to our state’s bounty by enlisting farmers’ markets in the fight against hunger and malnutrition,” said Ting.  “The timing of this legislation could not be more critical.  The drought has pushed food prices upward, squeezing families still waiting for the economic recovery to benefit their bottom line.”

Assembly Votes to Block Sidewalk Tolls on Golden Gate, State Toll Bridges

(Sacramento, CA) – The California State Assembly passed legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D–San Francisco) to prevent sidewalk tolls for pedestrians and cyclists crossing California’s toll bridges, all located in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Golden Gate Bridge and seven state-owned bridges.

Assembly Bill (AB) 40 passed with a 57-12 vote and passes to the State Senate for further review.

Assembly Passes Ting Bill Transforming Ridesharing to On-Demand Carpooling

(San Francisco, CA) –  The California State Assembly passed legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to enable transportation network companies (TNCs) - like Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar - to charge split and reduced fares between multiple passengers with similar pickup locations and destinations.

Assembly Bill (AB) 1360 passed with a 69-0 vote and passes to the State Senate for further review.

“With climate change accelerating, we must take a hard look at transportation because it is the largest single source of emissions,” said Ting.  “We have long encouraged public transit and carpooling to reduce traffic and air pollution.  Extending the environmental mindset to ridesharing requires changing a fifty year old law.  That’s what this is all about.”