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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.”

California Streets Safer for Senior Pedestrians Under Ting Bill Signed By Governor

San Francisco – Communities across California will have an easier time making their local streets and roads safer for senior citizens under a bill signed into law Friday by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 707 by Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) allows local governments to access funding from the Pedestrian Safety Account in the State Transportation Fund for placement of “SENIOR” pedestrian warning signs near senior centers and other areas primarily used by seniors.

“Inexplicably, state law made local governments find private sources of funding before senior pedestrian warning signs could be required near intersections frequented by seniors,” Ting said. “In the past, it was easier to place wildlife crossing signs than proper warnings to protect older Californians. My bill is a modest change to state law that will encourage more cities and counties to take advantage of their ability to limit speed to 25 mph near places where seniors are seeking medical, recreational and other services.”

Senate Passes Ting Legislation on Piers 30-32 Restoration &Warriors SF Arena Plan

Sacramento – The California State Senate today passed 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.

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.

Ting Legislation Aiding Tourism Industry Advances

Sacramento - Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) won support for legislation today that would protect California’s tourism industry by ensuring the viability of Tourism Marketing Districts (TMDs) and other Business Improvement Districts (BIDs).  The measure, AB 483, passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on a bi-partisan vote of 7 – 0.

TMDs and BIDs have been critical to the success of the tourism industry, especially during the recent economic downturn when support for this industry --that previously was provided by local governments – dried up due to budget constraints.  However, the 2010 passage of voter-approved Proposition 26 created potential legal uncertainty over these Districts’ ability to privately fund tourism marketing and promotional activities.

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.