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Saturday, November 9, 2019

China Global Television Network (CGTN) speaks to three members of the California delegation, including Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), at the Chinese International Import Expo (CIIE) to find out how California is bucking the trend from Washington and accelerating business with China.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Publication: China Global Television Network

The Second China International Import Expo (CIIE) opened on November 5, offering a window for the world with a fast-growing Chinese market. Besides cooperation on the federal level, sub-national cooperation lays an important foundation for cross-border trade.

At the Shanghai expo, politicians and business leaders from the U.S. state of California are trying to take matters into their own hands. CGTN Senior Correspondent Tian Wei sat down with Phil Ting, California State Assembly Member, who leads the Californian delegation at this year's Expo with a clear message: While Washington puts up a wall, California is building bridges between China and the U.S.

"In Washington right now, there are certain efforts to build walls. In California, we build bridges. We continue to welcome not just people from around the country, but people from around the world to come to California. We have a pavilion at the Expo because we want to send a strong message to our friends in China that we continue to have a strong relationship." said Phil Ting.

California, which accounts for one-eighth of American GDP, has been hit hard by the cooling trade relations between Beijing and Washington. The ripple effects reverberate throughout the state economy in a myriad of ways. 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Publication: Claremont-Courier

Big changes from the state are coming to Claremont’s ADU ordinance just weeks after it was passed by the city. 

Three bills—AB 68, AB 881 and SB 13—designed to spur construction of ADUs, better known as back houses or granny flats, will take effect on January 1.

Building more ADUs has been identified as one way to hack away at the current housing crisis in California. Instead of having one house on a single-family property, a homeowner can build another, smaller home on their lot if they have the means and desire to do so.

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AB 68, authored by Assemblyman Phil Ting, prohibits minimum lot sizes on which to build an ADU and allows for one ADU and one “junior ADU” on a single property.

The city’s current guidelines allow for ADUs on lots more than 6,000 square feet. While the majority of Claremont residential properties already qualify under the existing code, AB 68 would free it up even more. 

“Essentially every single family-size lot is eligible to apply for an ADU,” Mr. Johnson said.

A junior ADU can be significantly smaller than a regular-sized ADU, and could have a hot plate instead of a full kitchen, Mr. Johnson said. 

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Publication: CBS 13/Sacramento

As more Californians have their groceries and alcohol delivered, lawmakers are making a push to regulate how the food is stored, including training drivers on proper handling and temperatures.

Assembly Bill 1360 passed the full Assembly in May by a 44-25 vote (11 Assemblymembers did not vote.) It then passed several Senate Committees before being ordered to the inactive file in mid-September.

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If it passes, food delivery platforms would be required to train drivers about maintaining foods at required temperatures, along with requirements relating to food spoilage and adulteration. Companies would also need to maintain liability insurance.

The bill specifically applies to app-based grocery delivery services, including Instacart and Shipt, which allow customers to select grocery items on an app and then, for a fee, a personal shopper goes to pick up the items. It does not apply to grocery chains offering their own home delivery, nor to food delivery services such as GrubHub or DoorDash.

Opponents to the bill raised concerns that the provisions don’t extend to restaurant deliveries.

The bill’s author, Asm. Phil Ting, wrote, “the rapid growth of online food and alcohol delivery services has the potential to expose customers to unsafe and unregulated delivery practices. This bill establishes basic safety standards for grocery delivery services, consistent with safety requirements imposed on brick and mortar grocery stores. A growing number of Californians order groceries online and have them delivered directly to their home. Food retail establishments are subject to strict regulations regarding the handling of food to protect consumer and employee health and safety. Delivery companies expose consumer goods to the same risks as may arise for the food retailer, yet they are not subject to regulatory oversight. This bill is to ensure that consumers who choose to use a delivery service receive uncontaminated, safe food and that platform workers receive the appropriate training and certification to perform their job duties.”

If the bill becomes law, those found violating the regulations would face a fine.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Publication: Sacramento Bee

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Project Rebound was started in 1967 at San Francisco State University by Professor of Criminology and Sociology John Irwin as a means of helping the formerly incarcerated navigate higher education.

Following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2019 budget signing, Project Rebound is slated to receive $3.3 million in state funding across nine campuses. The governor’s initial budget proposal set aside $250,000 for the program. According to CSU, seven additional schools have expressed interest in adopting it.

Budget committee chairman and author of the Budget Act of 2019, Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, cited the funding as both a fiscal and social investment for California.

“We’ve been looking for different rehabilitation programs that, frankly, have worked. We know that if we can honestly rehabilitate a former inmate we can save hundreds of thousands to millions in costs for the state down the road,” Ting said.

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Friday, November 1, 2019

San Francisco, CA – Reaffirming the trade relationship between California and China in light of the nation’s strained economic relationship with the Trump Administration, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) will lead a trade mission to China in partnership with the Bay Area Council. China is California’s third largest export market, totaling more than $16 billion in 2018.

“During times of tension between the United States and Chinese governments, it is more important than ever for California to bolster its trade relationship with China,” said Ting. “I am proud to lead a delegation of business leaders and local officials, representing diverse California industries and communities, to China. Together, we will showcase that California remains open for business and committed to strengthening its economic ties with all trade partners.”

The 27-person delegation will visit the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing next week. In each city, Ting will lead conversations with local Chinese government and business leaders through trade and investment forums.

The focal point of the trip will be the second China International Import Exposition (CIIE), led by President Xi Jinping in Shanghai. Last year, the CIIE attracted 400,000 Chinese buyers that purchased more than $57 billion in goods and services with over 139 countries attending. California was the only United States government entity at the event. This year, the Bay Area Council has procured a large Pavilion for California companies to promote products to Chinese buyers.

Ting is the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion. The goal of the Select Committee is to foster mutually beneficial trade and investment relationships for California.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

As of Friday afternoon, the parts of Assembly District 19 affected by the Public Safety Public Shutoffs (PSPS) include: South San Francisco and Daly City.

PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Impacting Your Area

Due to wildfire risk, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) said today (October 25) it is continuing to monitor a potentially powerful and widespread dry, hot and windy weather event expected to begin impacting service on Saturday between 6 and 10 p.m. and lasting until midday Monday.

PG&E will need to turn off power for safety several hours before the potentially damaging winds arrive. It’s important to note that as this weather system sweeps from north to south over a period of two days, PG&E customers across Northern and Central California will feel the effects of hot, dry winds at different times, which means outage times will vary, as well.

Ways to Prepare:

  • Check here to see if your home, school, work or family will be impacted
  • Write down important phone numbers
  • Fully charge all devices, including back-ups
  • Make sure to have fresh batteries on hand
  • Be sure to plan for medical needs, such as medication that requires refrigeration and devices that will need power
  • Make sure emergency kits are stocked and up-to-date
  • Make sure back-up generators are ready for use

Below are some community resources during the public safety power shutoff:

To check on air quality, click here.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Publication: San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco is hoping to launch a three-year mobile recycling program to offset the impacts of the widespread closure of facilities where people can redeem bottles and cans for cash.

The City has submitted a plan to state officials that calls for launching a mobile service initially using two trucks that would visit 16 sites in eight supervisorial districts — Districts 1 through 8 — with the fewest available places to redeem cans.

The application includes a list of 39 potential sites, including the parking lots of grocery stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, churches, schools and others. Department of the Environment spokesman Charles Sheehan said the proposed locations are not final and could change.

Most residents in these neighborhoods have to travel at least three miles to reach any of the handful of recycling centers that remain in operation to cash in on the 5- or 10-cent California Redemption Value that consumers pay when buying bottled or canned beverages.

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The City could also stand to benefit from Assembly Bill 54, which was introduced by Assemblymember Phil Ting and signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom last week. It provides up to $5 million in state funding for such pilot programs from the California Beverage Container Recycling Fund.

Ting introduced the bill after rePlanet shuttered 284 California recycling centers in August. The closures also impacted San Francisco, further reducing its recycling centers from six in operation this year to four, according to the Department of Environment’s application.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Publication: KPBS-TV/San Diego

State Assembly members were in Chula Vista on Wednesday for a public hearing on the future spending priorities of California's prison system.

"We are spending now for 125,000 people about $13 billion," said Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco.

State lawmakers said they intend to spend even more, but want the money to go toward keeping people out of prison.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Publication: NBC Bay Area via Bay City News

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a San Francisco assemblyman's urgency measure providing funding to bolster the dwindling presence of recycling centers in California Friday.

Assembly Bill 54, by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), allocates $5 million to implement a mobile recycling pilot program administered by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, known as CalRecycle.

As an urgency measure, the bill takes effect immediately.

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"AB 54 provides short-term relief to the thousands of Californians who need their container deposits refunded. Now the hard work begins. I will spend the next few months working on a more comprehensive solution that can start moving through the legislative process when we reconvene in January," Ting said in a statement. "We can't put off this reform any longer now that recycling programs are in a crisis."