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Lawmakers Seek Investigation of Discriminatory Morality Clauses

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymembers Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) are urging the State Legislature to investigate the morality clauses imposed by Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, on staff employed at Catholic high schools under his control in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties.

In a letter jointly addressed to the Chairmen of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee and the Assembly Judiciary Committee, Ting and Mullin said the morality clauses “set a dangerous precedent for workers’ rights through manipulations of law that deprive employees of civil rights guaranteed to all Californians.”  In their request for these committees to review the issues, the lawmakers said, “California cannot become a laboratory for discrimination under the guise of religion,” adding that the Legislature must “investigate instances where religion is used as a Trojan horse to deprive our fellow citizens of their basic civil rights.”

Lawmakers Urge SF Archbishop to Withdraw Discriminatory Morality Clauses

(Sacramento, CA) – Bay Area lawmakers sent a letter to Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, urging him to withdraw discriminatory morality clauses as conditions of employment at four Catholic high schools under his control in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties.

The letter states the morality clauses “conflict with settled areas of law and foment a discriminatory environment,” which sends “an alarming message of intolerance to youth.”  Referring to the affected schools as “locally revered institutions,” the lawmakers note the expansive morality clauses jeopardize the ability of these schools to continue their legacy of educating local leaders.  “If that were to occur, everyone loses,” the lawmakers said.

Ting Comments On City College Accreditation Ruling

(Sacramento, CA) – California State Assemblymember Phil Ting (D–San Francisco) issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement from the Accrediting Commission on Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) that City College of San Francisco will have more time to resolve its accreditation challenges completely.

“We live to fight another day and anxiously await the court’s decision about the commission’s review of City College,” said Ting.  “The college cannot be replaced.  It must now begin a longer and harder path towards accreditation via the restoration process.  Today’s news is another reminder that we must reform the accreditation process so that California’s students can learn from their teachers in peace.”

Ting Elected Vice-Chair of the API Caucus

(Sacramento, CA) – California State Assemblymember Phil Ting (D–San Francisco) was elected by the members of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus to serve as its Vice-Chair for a two-year term.

“I am so honored to have been chosen for this leadership position,” said Ting. “I became involved in politics over twenty years ago to advocate for the needs of the Asians and Pacific Islanders in California. This cause still motivates and inspires me today. I am eager to use this position to build a larger generation of leaders from our community, to fight for better education, and to confront language access problems that impede the rights of California’s immigrants.”

Ting Comments on Governor’s Budget Release

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D–San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, issued the following statement about Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for California released today.  Brown’s proposal is available online at www.ebudget.ca.gov.  Ting’s statement follows.

“It is exciting to see a budget plan molded by aspirations for the future instead of imperatives driven by financial crisis.  A five-year infrastructure investment plan and over $50 billion invested in school funding reforms for high need students will expand opportunity and equality for Californians.  When paired with a substantial investment in sustainable communities and transportation, California is forging a new path for our planet.  My concern is the budget plan is silent on tax reform.  Proposition 30 revenues are phasing out completely in four years at which time the governor has projected a minor deficit.  While that may be resolved through continued economic growth, we must reform our tax code to ensure that the state’s financial future is even more secure.”

Ting Comments on State of the State Address

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D–San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State address.

“Years of prudent budgeting, voter-approved tax increases, and an improving economy have given our state unprecedented financial stability.  This frees us to look boldly to the horizon and create a state with more opportunity and equality.  We must ensure that Californians receive the education they need to prosper within an economy more in synch with our planet.  Governor Brown outlined exciting initiatives for higher education, infrastructure investment, and clean energy.  But we cannot responsibly invest in these goals without first securing stable revenues for the state.  With Proposition 30 revenues phasing out in two years, tax reform is vital.  We have a 21st Century economy and it's time our tax laws reflect that reality.”

Ting named chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D–San Francisco) was tapped by Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to serve as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation.  A statement from Ting about the appointment follows.

“It’s time to take tax reform off the back burner.  We must adopt forward-looking reforms to ensure that California’s tax policy meets the evolving needs of our people and our economy.  Years of prudent budgeting, voter-approved tax increases and our improving economy have given California unprecedented financial stability.  This is fertile ground for bold actions that both modernize and ensure the fairness of our tax laws.

Ting Begins Second Term With Bill To Block Sidewalk Fees At Golden Gate Bridge

(Sacramento, CA) – Immediately after being sworn into his second term of office, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D–San Francisco) introduced legislation to block the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District from assessing a sidewalk toll on pedestrians and cyclists crossing the bridge.

Bay Area Lawmakers Act To Prevent Sidewalk Tolls On The Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

(San Francisco, CA) – Flanked by supporters at Crissy Field, Assemblymembers Phil Ting (D–San Francisco) and Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) announced legislation to prevent the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District from assessing a sidewalk toll on pedestrians and cyclists crossing the bridge.

Last month, the District’s Board of Directors voted to study the imposition of a sidewalk toll for pedestrians and cyclists in the context of its 45-point plan to eliminate a projected $32.9 million cumulative operating deficit over the next five years.  If ultimately approved under the plan, sidewalk tolls would begin in July 2017 – making the Golden Gate Bridge the only contiguous bridge in the United States with such a toll.