Ting Calls San Francisco Delegation Trip to China “a Huge Success”

(San Francisco, CA) – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) hailed San Francisco’s Trade and Friendship Mission to China last week as “a huge success.”

“Our countries have much to learn from each other,” said Ting.  “As the world’s largest economies, the future of our relationship will change the world.”

As a member of the Trade and Friendship Mission, Ting met with a range of Chinese business leaders and dignitaries representing infrastructure development, telecommunications, green technology, and film.  In Mayor Edwin Lee’s absence, in Beijing, Ting was asked to lead the delegation and represent the delegation through many speeches in English and Mandarin.

Ting, Bay Area Farmers Announce New Program Promoting Community Gardens

San Francisco, CA – Urban farmers from around the Bay Area showcased their produce at a community garden to celebrate the recent enactment of a state law authored by Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) that will fuel the expansion of urban agriculture through enabling local governments to provide a new tax incentive to the owners of idle land plots.

“Urban farms and gardens started as people wanted to access to organic and healthy food in their neighborhoods,” said Ting.  “The success we have seen in San Francisco has spurred growth all around the Bay Area and state.  This new program hopes to catalyze this growth and encourage every community to grow their own food.”

Gov. Brown Signs Bill to Protect Kids from Gun Tragedies

SACRAMENTO –  Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation authored by Assemblymembers Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) and Jimmy Gomez (D-Northeast Los Angeles) that will hold gun owners criminally responsible for not storing their weapons outside of the reach of children.

“This will save the lives of innocent children across California,” said Ting.  “When unsupervised children get their hands on guns, their curiosity can lead to disaster.  Gun owners must be held to account for failing to properly store deadly weapons.  Now, a disaster need not occur for an irresponsible gun owner to be prosecuted.”

Ting Launches Obamacare Enrollment Campaign at SF State University

San Francisco, CA – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) kicked off the first of a series of community events today designed to help San Franciscans obtain health insurance through the open enrollment period under Obamacare, which started on October 1.  Today’s health and wellness fair at San Francisco State University featured information booths hosted by healthcare advocates and providers to help people navigate and benefit from Obamacare.

“California stands at a crossroads,” said Ting.  “Millions of our fellow citizens are now eligible for health insurance but they won’t be covered unless we seize the moment and help each other.  We all know someone without insurance or enduring inadequate care.  People need to know the facts so that no one falls through the cracks.”

Gov. Brown Signs Bill to Provide Tax Fairness for Same Sex Couples

SACRAMENTO, CA –  Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation authored by Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) to provide tax fairness for same sex couples after the United States Supreme Court overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8.

“Same sex couples in California can finally choose marriage but our tax policy penalizes them for being unable to marry until now,” said Ting. “This new law is the first of its kind to ensure that all couples are taxed equally by the state, regardless of who they love.  It also provides same sex couples a window of time to transition to marriage, which shows California’s commitment to fairness for its lesbian, gay and bisexual residents in spite of continued federal discrimination.”

Ting Legislation on Piers 30-32 Restoration & Warriors SF Arena Plan Signed by Governor

Sacramento – Legislation by Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) that will help transform 13 acres of polluted and nearly unusable San Francisco waterfront at Piers 30-32 into a world class public attraction – if local and state regulatory approval is granted to the project – was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today.

The bill, AB 1273, authorizes the State Lands Commission to approve a proposal that would privately finance restoration and revitalization of the property by the Golden State Warriors, and includes construction of a new arena for the franchise.  The measure further specifies that any such project must provide significant public access and public amenities.

Ting Bill will Keep Business Districts in Business

Sacramento – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) today passed a bill that protects vital Business Improvement and Tourism Marketing Districts throughout California. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.

“This bill protects a decades-long practice of businesses banding together to share the costs or marketing, promotions and other business-generating activities,” Ting said today. “These business-run associations play a vital role in promoting California’s $2 trillion economy, especially our tourism industry.”

Tax Breaks for Urban Farms Bill Goes to Governor

Sacramento – A bill by Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) to give property tax breaks to owners of vacant or blighted property who allow urban farming on their land earned final approval in the legislature today, and now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature.

The bill, AB 551, allows localities in urban areas with a population of 250,000 or more to offer reduced assessed values to property owners who transform their properties into urban farms. It passed concurrence in the state Assembly today with strong bipartisan support.

Ting Legislation on Piers 30-32 Restoration & Warriors SF Arena Plan Heads to Governor

Sacramento – Legislation by Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) that will help transform 13 acres of polluted and nearly unusable San Francisco waterfront at Piers 30-32 into a world class public attraction – if local and state regulatory approval is granted to the project – won final approval in the legislature today and now heads to the Governor’s desk.

The bill, AB 1273, authorizes the State Lands Commission to approve a proposal that would privately finance restoration and revitalization of the property by the Golden State Warriors that would include construction of a new arena for the franchise.  The measure further specifies that any such project must provide significant public access and public amenities.

Senate Passes Ting-Gomez Bill to Keep Guns Away from Children

Sacramento – Gun owners will be held criminally responsible for not adequately storing their weapons outside of the reach of children under a bill by Assemblymembers Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) and Jimmy Gomez (D-Northeast Los Angeles) that was passed today by the California State Senate.

“Ignorance is no excuse,” Assemblymember Ting said.  “Gun owners must be responsible for ensuring there is no way curious children can get their hands on deadly weapons. It is a serious responsibility and there should be real accountability.”