Virtual Town Hall on Eviction Prevention

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Zoom link
Phone Number: (669) 900-6833
Webinar ID: 970 1580 8006
Passcode: 738877

I’ve invited an expert panel from both San Francisco and San Mateo Counties to:

  • Describe resources available for both landlords and tenants including the CA State Rental Assistance Program
  • Inform how to access these resources including people to help with applications
  • Educate viewers on the state eviction moratorium
  • Answer questions
  • For more information about Covid-19 Tenant protections, click here

We will discuss residential tenants’ rights, residential landlords’ rights, how residential tenants and landlords can apply for aid with a goal of tenants and landlords ideally working together to navigate government assistance. Covid-19 Tenant protections 



Friday, March 5, 2021

Publication: Sacramento Bee

Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office is withholding gun violence data from a state-funded research institution tasked by lawmakers with evaluating California’s firearm regulations and also is directing universities to destroy records the agency previously released.

Researchers at the UC Davis California Firearm Violence Research Center say that over the last several years, the Department of Justice has made it increasingly difficult to access data only it maintains, despite a legal mandate to provide the records.

The Legislature in 2016 passed a law to establish and fund the center, which works alongside an existing gun violence research program at UC Davis. The idea was to support independent research to identify policies that best prevent deaths and injuries caused by gun violence.


Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, wrote a measure to confirm the department’s legal responsibility to provide the center and other research institutions with identifying information in their gun ownership-related data.

“There’s no question that it’s not helpful for the Department of Justice to add more restrictive regulations when the Legislature and governor have sent the department a clear signal and mandate that it’s public information,” Ting said. “It’s critical data.”

The department hasn’t taken a position on the bill, but the spokesperson said the agency “notes that the bill acknowledges some of the authorization concerns at issue.”

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Publication: San Jose Mercury

The $6.6 billion compromise legislation is loaded with incentives to entice more schools to reopen this spring

A $6.6 billion compromise bill loaded with incentives to entice more schools to reopen this spring headed to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk Thursday after passing out of the legislature with bipartisan support — and acknowledgment of its shortcomings.

The legislation, Assembly and Senate bills 86, offers public schools a share of $2 billion in aid for reopening costs if they resume some level of in-person instruction by the end of March, with decreasing amounts up to a May 15 deadline. An additional $4.6 billion is aimed at helping address learning loss from remote instruction. The Assembly passed the bill 72-4 after the Senate approved it 36-0.

“Like everybody said, this bill may not be what’s best for you, your family or your district, but I believe this bill is the best for our state,” said Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, who led the effort to craft a bill to help speed reopening of public schools, in which California has lagged other states.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

KTLA/Inside California Politics

Nikki Laurenzo talks to Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, about the plan to reopen California schools for in-person learning and what differences the legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom have.

“We held off so we could continue to have discussions with the administration,” Ting said.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Publication: Capitol Public Radio

Millions of low-income and undocumented Californians will get $600 relief payments after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a sweeping stimulus package to aid those hit hardest by the pandemic, including small businesses. 

The governor approved the plan at Solomon’s Deli in downtown Sacramento Tuesday morning, where he dodged several questions on plans to reopen schools for in-person learning as negotiations resumed. 

Newsom praised the $7.6 billion plan as a way to help businesses and individuals that did not benefit from federal stimulus packages.


It includes enough money to send an estimated 5.7 million low-income, disabled and undocumented Californians a $600 rebate when they file their 2020 taxes.

Those eligible include:

  1. Households that earn less than $30,000 annually and qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit
  2. Nonresident tax filers who earn up to $75,000
  3. CalWORKS recipients
  4. Individuals enrolled in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) 

“This is such an important bill, because it gets millions of hardworking Californians instant money that they so desperately need during this tough time,” said Assembly Budget Chairman Phil Ting (D–San Francisco).

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Publication: Fox 40/Sacramento

There’s been an increase in violence against Asian Americans as some blame innocent people for the coronavirus outbreak.

Now, lawmakers are working to give that community the resources and protection they deserve.

Sonseeahray spoke to San Francisco Assemblymember Phil Ting about how lawmakers are addressing these hate crimes in the state of California.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Publication: Sacramento Bee

California legislators approved $1.4 million in state funding to help combat anti-Asian violence and racism through the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center on Monday.

Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco and chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, secured funding through the passage of AB 85, which provides $7.6 billion in additional state resources for the ongoing pandemic response. The money will be used to support Stop AAPI Hate’s research and help the organization track anti-Asian incidents, which have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law Tuesday.

“The rise in hate incidents against Asian Americans during the pandemic is alarming,” Ting said in a statement. “But, we can’t solve a problem without knowing how big it is. New state funding allows the data gathering to continue, and the research will ultimately lead us to solutions that will make all communities safer.”

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Publication: San Francisco Chronicle

California lawmakers approved $1.4 million in funding Monday that’ll pay for the study and documentation of xenophobia and hate crimes against Asian Americans amid the pandemic.

The state funds were secured by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, through the passing of AB 85, which provides additional resources for California’s ongoing pandemic response.

“The rise in hate incidents against Asian Americans during the pandemic is alarming,” Ting said in a statement Monday. “But, we can’t solve a problem without knowing how big it is. New state funding allows the data gathering to continue, and the research will ultimately lead us to solutions that will make all communities safer.”

Monday, February 22, 2021

California Legislature Approves .4 Million in State Funding To Help Address Surge of Hate and Xenophobia Directed toward Asian Americans In response to the recent wave of hate incidents targeting Asian Americans, California lawmakers today approved $1.4 million in state funding to bolster the research and reporting work underway that is tracking this concerning trend. The Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus (APILC) lauds the efforts of Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, who secured the appropriation as part of AB 85, a fiscal measure providing additional resources for California’s ongoing pandemic response.

“The history of the Asian American Pacific Islander community in the United States has been punctuated by times of racism and hate including the Chinese Exclusion Act, the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americas in World War II, the murder of Vincent Chin, hate crimes against Sikhs after 9/11, and most recently, attacks and murder of API seniors incited by racist rhetoric about the COVID pandemic,’ said Dr. Richard Pan, Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus. “I am grateful that California will be funding data collection and research at UCLA to address racism and hate against the API community thanks to the leadership of Assembly Budget Committee Chair Phil Ting.”

Asian Americans have been wrongly blamed for the coronavirus and have increasingly been subjected to racist behavior. As cases escalated, the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University launched the Stop AAPI Hate reporting website nearly a year ago. They have been tracking incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination and child bullying against Asians and Pacific Islanders in California and the United States. In the last month, the Bay Area has particularly seen more and more attacks directed toward seniors – one 84-year-old man died as a result of his injuries.

“The rise in hate incidents against Asian Americans during the pandemic is alarming. But, we can’t solve a problem without knowing how big it is. New state funding allows the data gathering to continue, and the research will ultimately lead us to solutions that will make all communities safer,” said Ting.

Through 2020, more than 2,800 incidents have been logged. Of that, more than 1,200 occurred in California. It is widely believed the numbers are under-reported, as many victims distrust the government and are reluctant to come forward.

Nonetheless, tracking is still important and the new state funding ensures that continues. Data is critical for law enforcement and our community as they try to put a stop to the violence. The information gathered will help us move past this dark chapter in American history, spurring accountability and action to bring about justice and peace.

AB 85 awaits the Governor’s signature.

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Ting Introduces Second Chances Bill Helping Millions of CaliforniansMillions of Californians face barriers to employment, housing and education because of old arrests and convictions, increasing the likelihood of recidivism. Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) has introduced AB 1308, legislation that would automatically clear criminal records for people already entitled to such treatment under current law. Many don’t go through the existing process because it’s burdensome and expensive.

“California believes in rehabilitation and invests heavily in programs that give incarcerated people a second chance. Yet after they’ve paid their debt to society and are released, they’re trapped in a ‘paper prison.’ They cannot find work, a place to live or go to school,” said Ting. “We can easily help them get back on their feet and lead productive lives by making it easier for them to automatically clear their records.”

AB 1308 builds upon a recent law that Ting championed in 2019, providing automated records relief for certain convictions occurring January 1, 2021 or later once individuals have served their sentences and completed probation; it also applies to arrests that did not result in a conviction. The new proposal, sponsored by Californians for Safety and Justice and Prosecutors Alliance, would make the policy retroactive to arrests and convictions starting from 1973, opening doors to a fresh start for millions more people.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021