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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Publication: San Diego Union Tribune

Kent Joy Williams spent most of a decade getting high, breaking into people’s homes and going to prison.

In 2003, a San Diego judge looked at Williams’ “three strike” history of convictions and gave him the maximum sentence possible for two new burglaries and auto theft: 50 years to life in prison.

But on Thursday, Williams, 57, stood as a free man next to his family, District Attorney Summer Stephan and other officials to showcase his release from prison under a new law that allows prosecutors to take a fresh look at whether a convicted criminal’s sentence was unduly harsh when viewed under current guidelines.

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Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, carried a bill suggested by former San Francisco prosecutor Hillary Blout that allowed prosecutors to seek reduced sentences for suitable inmates and for judges to grant such requests.

Ting, at the news conference, said the bill did not require prosecutors or judges to take action, but gave them authority that previously had rested solely with the state Parole Board and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

District Office Internship

The 19th Assembly District Office Internship Program offers college students a unique opportunity to experience the work of a state Assembly office. The program exposes students to district office operations and activities of a legislator's work. These experiences include working with constituents, conducting community outreach efforts, assisting community based organizations, organizing civic events and projects, databases, staffing the office, and other activities.

Many legislators and senior policy staff began their careers by interning in district offices. Internships are invaluable to gain an understanding of California's democratic process, as well as an excellent opportunity to create important networks while serving the community.

Internships are available to all part-time or full-time students 18 years of age or older. Interns will gain valuable education and work experience by fully participating with our office. All internship work is voluntary and students will not receive any monetary compensation, however, depending on their college programs, students may also receive different types of school credit for participating as interns.

As space becomes available, qualified candidates will be invited for interviews. Thank you for your interest in this very unique opportunity to serve the community. Please complete the application and submit to our office along with a resume, cover letter, and writing sample.

I encourage you to apply. Information and application forms are below.

Phil Ting
Assemblymember, 19th District

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Publication: San Francisco Magazine

San Francisco magazine is proud to be a participant in the fourth annual SF Homeless Project headed by the San Francisco Chronicle. We asked Assemblyman Phil Ting about his efforts to address this epidemic and his thoughts on the causes and possible solutions.

As Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, what have you been able to do and/or work on to alleviate this growing problem?


Addressing our homeless crisis has been one of my top budget priorities these last few years. Our FY 2019-20 Budget makes a historic $1 billion investment to tackle homelessness, including $650 million in emergency aid for cities and counties to build shelters and permanent supportive housing, fund rapid rehousing programs and more. Allocation of funding will be based on the pending 2019 federal point-in-time homeless count, with San Francisco estimated to receive nearly $40 million. This builds upon our work from last year’s budget, which provided $500 million to local governments for homeless supportive services. San Francisco’s $27.6 million allocation has gone towards both adult and youth navigation centers and rapid rehousing projects, including the city’s newest proposed navigation center at 1925 Evans. Other major programs funded in recent budgets include rental housing payment assistance through CalWORKS and student rapid rehousing through California Community Colleges, CSU, and UC to prevent homelessness in the first place.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Publication: KCBS Radio

Gilroy police are evaluating how and when they will comply with a state law that requires the department to release officers' body camera footage from Sunday’s deadly shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Investigators said 19-year-old Santino Legan fired into the crowd at random, killing three people. Three officers who were patrolling the festival responded within one minute and engaged Legan who was shot and killed.

Under a new California police transparency law that went into effect this month, law enforcement agencies are required to release footage from any incident where a police officer seriously injures a person or fires a gun within 45 days, unless they can demonstrate that releasing the footage would hinder an investigation.

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“The video that we’ve released previously to California Public Records Act requests has required us to go through and redact uninvolved parties out. And quite frankly for a department of our size I don’t know how we’re going to do that yet," Smithee said. 

That echoes complaints raised by police unions and law enforcement agencies throughout California before the law went into effect, with many officials calling it an undue burden. But supporters – including the bill’s author San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting – say the bill is necessary to hold police accountable and increase transparency and trust. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Publication: Fox 2 KTVU

Investigators say Santino Legan purchased the assault weapon used in the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting Sunday nearly three weeks earlier from a firearms dealer in Fallon, Nevada. 

The owner of Big Mike's Gun and Ammo confirmed in a post on his Facebook page that the Gilroy High graduate purchased the AK-47 style weapon over the internet and came to pick it up at the business about 60 miles east of Reno.

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California state lawmaker Phil Ting says he currently has a proposal to expand firearm restraining orders. 

"To expand it to people who are employers as well as people who you go to school with, to expand it from currently just law enforcement and family members," said Ting.

Monday, July 29, 2019

2019 Backpack Giveaway Events in Assembly District 19

Hard to believe it’s almost time for back-to-school. To make sure every kid is ready to start school, here are events where free backpacks filled with school supplies are available. Each location requires proof of residency and/or ID.

  • San Francisco: August 6 at Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec Center. In-person pre-registration suggested. Call 415-406-1370 to make an appointment to register. Open to residents of ZIP Codes 94112 or 94132
  • South San Francisco: August 8th, YMCA Community Resource Center at 1486 Huntington Ave. Suite 100, South San Francisco, CA 94080. Prior in-person pre-registration required at the YMCA. Proof of residency and proof of enrollment required.
  • Daly City/Broadmoor/Colma: Drop by during business hours at the Daly City Partnership at 725 Prince Street or contact them at 650-301-3300. While supplies last.
Monday, July 29, 2019

Publication: The Press-Enterprise

Millions of Californians who ran afoul of the law could have their criminal records automatically expunged – potentially clearing hurdles to jobs and housing to help them move beyond their past – under a bill being considered in Sacramento.

AB 1076 would automatically erase the criminal records of those who successfully finished probation after serving a county jail sentence. Those arrested but never convicted of a crime also would have their records cleared without having to petition the court.

As many as 8 million Californians have criminal convictions “that hamper their ability to find work and housing, secure public benefits, or even get admitted to college” and “find themselves in ‘paper prisons’ for life due to their criminal record,” read a fact sheet on the bill from its sponsor, Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco.

“Permanently blocking people from opportunities to move forward in their lives after they’ve completed their sentence and paid their debt is bad policy,” said Jay Jordan, executive director of Californians for Safety and Justice, in a news release. “It is undermining public safety and the health of families and communities across California.”

Monday, July 29, 2019

Publication: San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco officials are eyeing a Caltrans-owned parking lot in the Bayview district as the site for a 200-bed Navigation Center intended to help address the escalating homelessness crisis on the city’s southeast side.

The lot, at 1925 Evans Ave. near Interstate 280, is in District 10, a historically industrial enclave that includes the Bayview-Hunters Point, Potrero Hill and Dogpatch neighborhoods. The district’s pockets of open land tracts have made it the target of intensive development in recent years, but a rising homeless population there has easily eclipsed the number of available shelter beds.

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The proposed Bayview facility would be the third San Francisco Navigation Center built on Caltrans property. That’s largely thanks to state legislation introduced by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, directing Caltrans to give the city the first chance to lease parcels near freeways for little cost.

The center’s anticipated 200 beds will replace the 125 overnight mats that Providence Church has provided for years. Kositsky said the church originally planned to offer the mats for a single year — but that was nearly two decades ago.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Publication: The Sacramento Bee

A gunman killed three people, including a 6-year-old boy, at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday. Police said they’re investigating whether a second person was involved in the attack. Twelve other victims are wounded.

The mass shooting has drawn attention from President Donald Trump, and several California lawmakers are calling for stricter gun laws, declaring that “enough is enough.”

Here’s how some California leaders are responding:

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Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco

"No more thoughts and prayers. Time to take more action so we can go to work, school and festivals in peace without fear of getting shot."