Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Record number of Californians Claim State Earned Income Tax CreditA record number of hard working individuals and families -- over 1.2 million -- have already claimed their earned CA Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), an effective anti-poverty program in the state with the highest poverty rate in the nation. These numbers have tripled from last year and are expected to continue to rise given the credit can be claimed after tax day through the end of the year.  

“Record numbers of Californians are benefitting from the Earned Income Tax Credit thanks to the outreach efforts of government agencies and advocates like CalEITC4Me,” said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood). “That means more money in the pockets of working families and more money going into local stores and businesses.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Senator Nancy Skinner and Assemblymember Phil Ting Showcase Homemade Solutions to the Housing Crisis Berkeley, California – Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) held a press conference this morning to show how one solution to the California housing crisis is available in our own homes and backyards. Standing in front of a backyard cottage in Berkeley, Skinner and Ting presented their respective bills, SB 1469 and AB 2890, to encourage the creation of Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADUs) and Junior ADUs (JADUs) as a cost-effective and efficient way to expand housing supply.

“Our neighborhoods are full of empty-nesters with room to spare and families for whom a little rental income could help make ends meet,” said Senator Skinner. “My bill, SB 1469, makes it even easier for those households to add a second or third small unit.”

“ADUs are one of the fastest ways to increase our housing supply here in the Bay Area where the rental market is tight,” said Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), author of AB 2890. “We need to eliminate as much of the remaining red tape as possible to spur widespread adoption.”

Monday, May 7, 2018

Assemblymember Phil Ting discusses B proposal to improve California's health care systemSACRAMENTO–Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa), chair of the Health Committee, and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), chair of the Budget Committee, are pleased to announce a $1 billion investment to fund significant improvements in California’s health care system through the Assembly’s budget proposal.

By approving these actions prior to the May Revision—among the first major budget actions this year—Assembly Democrats are showing that improving the health care system is one of its key priorities. 

“Building on the 6 months’ work of the Assembly’s Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage, this funding package will be a major step forward in California taking the lead to expand coverage, increase access, address workforce capacity issues, improve accountability and transparency and make health care more affordable for the middle class,” said Arambula.

Monday, April 30, 2018

I'm proud to honor Bijan Sartipi, who recently retired from CalTrans after more than three decades at the agency. Since 2002, he had been Director of District 4, overseeing many of the Bay Area's biggest transportation projects. In San Francisco, that included the $1.1B Presidio Project which opened in July 2015, replacing Doyle Drive. With his parents present, Bijan (far right) accepted the Assembly resolution thanking him for his leadership and service. We wish him all the best in retirement.

Monday, April 16, 2018
Assemblymember Phil Ting and Rabbi Carla Fenves During the Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

Assemblymember Phil Ting honored Rabbi Carla Fenves during the California State Assembly’s annual recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Week. She is the granddaughter of two Holocaust survivors, Ervin and Vera Fenves of Hungary. During World War II, Vera survived by hiding in the kitchen of a righteous gentile family’s restaurant. Ervin escaped a Nazi labor camp and joined the resistance using his artistic talents to forge documents. After first meeting as children, Ervin and Vera reconnected after the war, married, and had two children.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), along with other lawmakers, law enforcement and emergency room workers came out in strong support of Assembly Bill 1795, which will allow paramedics to take some patients directly to an alternative care facility instead of to an overcrowded hospital emergency room. Specifically AB 1795 will permit paramedics to take individuals affected by mental health-related conditions or alcohol intoxication directly to a behavioral health facility or sobering center.

Monday, April 2, 2018

For Immediate Release:  April 2, 2018 - Contact: Nannette Miranda (916) 319-2019 - Nannette.Miranda@asm.ca.gov

Larkin Street Youth Services Receives $2.5 million State Grant To Help Homeless Teens & Young Adults

Assemblymember Phil Ting and others announce 0 million state grant for homeless youth(San Francisco) – Larkin Street Youth Services will be able to house more homeless teens and young adults in the City, thanks to a new $2.5 million state grant. On any given night, more than 1,300 youth in San Francisco don’t have a safe place to call home. That stunning number inspired Assembly Budget Committee Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to champion the effort last year to secure $10 million in state funding for the new Homeless Youth Emergency Services and Housing Program, which aims to provide rental assistance, transitional or supportive housing to those under 25 years old.

“It’s unacceptable to have so many kids on the streets,” said Ting. “Larkin Street has a proven track record of guiding clients toward productive lives. That’s a good investment to make, and I’m proud to have fought for this new funding.”

Friday, March 16, 2018

More Californians are eligible for a state tax refund under the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), which was expanded for the 2017 tax year and beyond. Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, fought to expand the program through the state budget process last year. Research shows that EITCs are an effective anti-poverty tool for many struggling families.

“When working families live paycheck to paycheck, they struggle to build and focus on the future. This modest boost in income can be life-changing,” said Ting. “The previous income limits were too low, and I’m glad the Governor and my colleagues in the Legislature agreed with me that more Californians should benefit.”

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D – Orange County), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, joined with Assemblymember Philip Ting (D – San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion (ACTIP) convened an informational hearing to examine trade and investment activities between California and the People's Republic of China.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

(San Francisco) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) joined a Domestic Workers Rally in San Francisco to call attention to the abuse of immigrants, both documented and undocumented, many of whom are employed as domestic workers. Assemblymember Ting told the rally he wrote Assembly Bill 2314 to ensure workers know their rights. “We are all Californians,” said Assemblymember Ting.