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California needs more interpreters for patients

Within minutes of the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash in July, San Francisco General Hospital administrators knew they needed language translation services to help victims of this horrific accident. The hospital's medical staff put out the call for anyone who could interpret, and hospital personnel were able to communicate with the injured by asking Korean-speaking staff to double as interpreters.

Assemblymember Phil Ting Issues Statement Regarding CCSF Accreditation Decision

Sacramento - Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting released the following statement regarding the decision announced today by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to terminate CCSF's accreditation effective July 31, 2014.

"The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has made their decision, and now it's the time to move forward and respond. The ACCJC evaluation report of 2012 was a clear and well documented roadmap to fix the problems that led to this decision. Those fixes must continue during the appeal process.

Assemblymember Ting's AB 551 would reduce blighted properties, provide locally grown food

Sacramento - Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) received unanimous support in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee today for legislation to encourage urban farming. AB 551 would authorize counties to create urban agriculture incentive zones, and allow for reduced property taxes when a landowner allows small-scale food production on their land.

"By creating a tax incentive for property owners to dedicate property for urban farming, we are offering a creative option for unused, often blighted land, and providing the community a new source of locally grown, fresh food," Ting said.

Assemblymember Ting Calls for BART Negotiations to Resume

Sacramento – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D – San Francisco) today called on BART and union officials to resume negotiations as soon as possible.

“Throughout Sunday and now into Monday, the negotiations are at a standstill. Meanwhile, commuters trying to get to work are facing chaos on the freeways, waterways and at bus stations,” Ting said. “For some, not getting to work means not getting paid. Our fragile economy can’t endure a prolonged strike. I encourage both sides to get back to the table and iron out their differences.”

Assemblymember Ting Honors Daly City’s David Tejada as the 19th Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year

World War II hero honored at the Capitol for his service

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) honored his 19th Assembly District Veteran of the Year at the 6th Annual Assembly Veterans Recognition Luncheon held at the State Capitol and the Sacramento Convention Center. American hero David Tejada, 90, a former POW in World War II and still a hospital volunteer, was escorted to Sacramento to receive his award.

More “Senior” Pedestrian Signs Encouraged in Ting Legislation

AB 707 would allow alternative funding resources to pay for the sign

Sacramento – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) presented the merits of AB 707, his legislation that would promote an increase in “senior” pedestrian signage, to members of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee today. The legislation would encourage local transportation agencies to install pedestrian warning signs for high-risk sites by allowing additional funding sources to pay for them.  The committee approved the measure on a vote of 10 to 0.

“Pedestrians are the most vulnerable victims of traffic accidents, and the older you get the more likely you will be injured or killed in a pedestrian traffic accident,” Ting said.

Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion Hearing

“How Can California Maximize Trade and Investment Promotion with Asia?”

Sacramento - Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco), chair of the Assembly’s Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion and co-chair of the advisory board of ChinaSF, convened the committee’s first public hearing this week. The intent of the committee is to identify best practices to facilitate relationships between the state of California and Asian companies interested in investing here.

“Economic projections suggest that China’s foreign direct investment will reach $2 trillion in the next few years,” Ting said in his opening remarks. “It is our responsibility as state legislators to make sure that California secures as much of those investment dollars as possible.

San Francisco Piers 30-32 Restoration and Development Finds Common Ground in Senate Policy Committee

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D – San Francisco) presented the merits of AB 1273 to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, a bill that would help advance a restoration proposal for San Francisco’s Piers 30-32.  The bill previously passed the Assembly on a vote of 51 to 10. The Senate committee’s action today was approved by a vote of 8 to 0.

The legislation ensures that if a multi-purpose venue is approved to be located on Piers 30-32, the project will maximize public access, open space, and maritime uses consistent with the Public Trust Doctrine — the principles that govern the use of California’s sovereign waterfront properties.

Ting/Gomez Legislation to Strengthen California’s Firearm Child Access Prevention Laws Passes Key Senate Committee

Limiting a child’s access to guns is priority of AB 231

Sacramento – Legislation authored by Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D – Los Angeles) to impose penalties for the preventable tragedy of gun injuries involving children passed the Senate Public Safety Committee today. AB 231 would make the act of leaving or storing a loaded firearm in a location where a child is likely to gain access a misdemeanor.

“By imposing a misdemeanor on those who allow children to gain access to their guns, we can prevent accidents and even save lives,” Ting told the members of the committee. “It is not an infringement of rights to expect persons who own guns and have children in their lives to be especially careful.”

Assemblymember Ting Praises Action by SF Board of Supervisors to Support Legislation for Same-Sex Tax Fairness

Adopts Resolution to Support AB 362

Sacramento – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) praised the action taken last night  by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, whose members voted unanimously to adopt Resolution 130591 in support of AB 362, Ting’s legislation to exempt from state taxation compensation provided by California employers to employees in same-sex partnerships.

“San Francisco has long supported its vibrant LGBTQ community with a strong history of advocacy for equal rights and this is no exception,” said Ting.  “In fact, AB 362 is directly related to Supervisor Mark Farrell’s local measure addressing this issue passed in March. San Francisco stands for tax fairness for same-sex couples and so should the State of California and the Federal Government.”

Under existing law, employer sponsored health insurance provided to the partners and children of LGBTQ employees in same-sex partnerships does not qualify for federal tax exemptions. As a result, same-sex couples incur on average an extra $1,069 in taxes per year. In response to this excessive tax burden, California employers have started to adopt policies to compensate their LGBTQ employees for this federal tax expense. However, under existing law, these reimbursements are subject to state income taxes. AB 362 would exempt these compensations from state taxation.

“I am proud to support AB 362 at the State level which expands on my local legislation to counter discriminatory federal tax policy and provide a higher level of equality for same-sex spouses and same-sex domestic partners,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “Same-sex couples should not be required to pay more income taxes than others simply due to the nature of their intimate partner relationship.”

Under the provisions of the City and County of San Francisco’s new law, the city will reimburse city employees for the discriminatory federal tax incurred on benefits received for their partner and dependents.

AB 362, authored by Ting, would cover persons in a same-sex partner relationship who work for public entities or private sector companies that choose to reimburse their employees. Among private sector companies providing this type of reimbursement to employees are Google, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants and Facebook.

“San Francisco’s backing of my measure is one more stamp of approval to a growing list of support on this issue,” said Ting.

AB 362 is sponsored by Equality California and supported by a number of organizations including, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Facebook, and several labor and health organizations.

The tax-fairness legislation passed out of the Assembly and moved to the Senate. There it will be heard in the Senate Governance and Finance committee within the next few weeks.

Assemblymember Ting is the Chair of Assembly Democratic Caucus and the Assembly Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion, and he serves on the Budget, Business, Professions and Consumer Protection, Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials and the Revenue and Taxation committees.

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