Friday, September 21, 2018

Statement on DMV Audit

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, held a hearing last month at the State Capitol to identify how technological improvements and customer service efficiencies can shorten wait times at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Assemblymember Ting released the following statement in response to the DMV audit ordered by the Brown Administration today:

While wait times are improving at the DMV, the experiences of Californians at field offices across the state tell us that issues remain. I appreciate the Administration’s consideration of our ongoing concerns and welcome a performance audit of the DMV. The findings will help identify additional solutions and build upon the work of the Legislature. We can and must do better for our constituents.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Assemblymember Phil Ting and Senator Nancy Skinner Highlight Police Transparency Bills on the Governor’s DeskDuring a press conference in San Francisco, Assemblymember Phil Ting, State Senator Nancy Skinner and supporters highlighted two landmark police transparency bills currently on Governor Brown’s desk awaiting his signature.

AB 748 (Ting): Increases police transparency by requiring body camera footage of officer-involved shootings and uses of force to be released within 45 days, unless the incident is still under investigation; 30-day delays are allowed with good reason.

“Body-worn cameras are becoming more and more common among law enforcement agencies, and California needs a statewide standard for how the public can access those recordings,” said Assemblymember Ting. “AB 748 will increase police transparency and will help rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”

Supporters can sign this petition to urge Governor Brown to sign AB 748.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Join Assemblymember Phil Ting at the Presidio Picnic on September 23


Sunday, September 23

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Presidio Main Post Lawn and Parade Grounds

Montgomery Street between Lincoln Blvd and Sheridan Avenue in San Francisco

Come hear an update about the state budget and legislation while enjoying lunch wth Assemblymember Ting, his staff and your fellow Assembly District 19 constituents. Bring your questions and your appetite. An RSVP is required to receive a food voucher provided at no taxpayer expense. Please arrive by 12:30 PM to guarantee receipt of your voucher. Please click here to RSVP.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Governor Signs Ting Bill That Paves the Way For More Electric Vehicle Charging Stations In CaliforniaThere’s no doubt California will need more charging stations, as it aggressively pushes for more zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). The question is how many. During his Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, Governor Jerry Brown today signed AB 2127 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to require the California Energy Commission to assess the state’s current electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and determine how many more stations will be needed in the future. The assessment will be used to identify where there are deficiencies across the state.

“More Californians would buy clean cars if there were more charging stations,” said Ting, author of AB 2127. “We need a clearer picture of where we are today, so we can build-out our charging infrastructure in a way that incentivizes greater EV adoption.”

The transportation sector accounts for nearly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions, and ZEVs are crucial to reducing air pollution. To accelerate improvements in air quality, Governor Brown signed Executive Order B-48-18 earlier this year, which set the goal of five million clean cars on the road in California by 2030. But the state’s EV charging infrastructure is lagging and continues to be one of the greatest barriers to widespread consumer adoption of this clean technology. The installation of more charging stations is imperative if California is to reach its 2030 target and support an increase in EVs.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

My bill, AB 748, gives the public greater access to law enforcement body camera footage
by requiring the release of audio or video recordings within 45 days of a critical incident.
The proposal is on Governor Brown’s desk, and he has until September 30th to act on it.

Please sign my petition to urge him to sign this bill.
Police transparency is important.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Governor Signs Ting Bill to Prevent Car Rental Theft

Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 2620 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). It increases the chances of recovering stolen vehicles by shortening the waiting period a rental car company can turn on the vehicle’s GPS location feature. The bill was inspired by Sharky Laguana, CEO of Bandago, who had difficulty earlier this year in enlisting law enforcement's help to recover an overdue van because a week had not passed. He took to social media to vent his frustration. Even after spotting the van accidentally, Laguana could not get officers to retrieve his overdue vehicle. The waiting period changes from seven days to three, starting January 1, 2019.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Comfort Women Exhibit Open Until September 20

From now until September 20, Assemblymember David Chiu and I are co-hosting a free exhibit about comfort women to educate the public about the suffering of hundreds of thousands of women and girls enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Army from 1931-1945. Please drop by the state building lobby at 350 McAllister Street in San Francisco. Admission is free.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
The 2018 Richmond District Autumn Moon Festival is Saturday, September 8th

Assemblymember Phil Ting, Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer joined community organizations in announcing the details of the annual Richmond District Autumn Moon Festival. This year’s celebration will take place Saturday, September 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. along Clement Street between Fifth and Eighth Avenues in San Francisco. Please join us!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Ting Bill Helping San Francisco Raise Revenues from TNCs to Fund Transportation Infrastructure Heads to the GovernorSan Francisco could make significant investments to its transportation infrastructure under a proposal the state Legislature sent to the Governor today. AB 1184 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) affirms San Francisco’s authority to dedicate a tax on Transportation Network Company (TNC) rides to fund critical transportation projects. There is an estimated $22 billion funding gap to meet city and regional transportation needs through 2045.

“As San Francisco’s economy grows, the city must be able to move its people around safely - but current funding streams can’t keep up with the need,” said Ting. “AB 1184 will allow the city to raise the revenue it needs to help fund improvements to roads, bike lanes, public transit, and more, and demonstrates that the best solutions often arise when local leaders from both the public and private sector come up with a solution together.”

“TNCs are a critical part of our transportation system,” said Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), principal co-author of the legislation. “They expand people’s ability to get around without owning a car. AB 1184 helps ensure that TNCs participate in funding our overall transit system.”

“This bill gives San Franciscans the opportunity to provide additional resources to our underfunded transit system,” said Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), a joint author of AB 1184. “TNCs have become a part of everyday mobility and it makes sense for them to help take on our transportation challenges.”

Friday, August 31, 2018

                                                                  Ting Bill Requiring Release of Body Camera  Footage Heads To the Governor

It could soon be easier for the public to obtain body camera footage from law enforcement under a proposal from Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). The state Legislature voted today to send AB 748 to Governor Brown for consideration. The bill requires the release of video or audio within 45 days of a critical incident, which is defined as the discharge of a firearm or use-of-force that causes death or great bodily harm.

“As more and more law enforcement agencies begin to use body cameras, California needs a statewide standard for how the public can access those recordings,” said Ting. “Transparency is necessary after critical incidents occur, and AB 748 will help rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”