Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The State of California is currently holding over $8 billion in unclaimed property. Could some of it be yours?

Unclaimed property is a lost or forgotten financial account like an inactive bank account or an overpayment made to a business. In many cases, businesses have lost contact with the customer and have sent the money to the State. Many people are unaware that they have unclaimed property.

The most common types of Unclaimed Property are:

  • Bank accounts and safe deposit box contents
  • Stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and dividends
  • Uncashed cashier's checks or money orders
  • Certificates of deposit
  • Matured or terminated insurance policies
  • Estates
  • Mineral interests and royalty payments, trust funds, and escrow accounts.

You can search for unclaimed property online at www.claimit.ca.gov. Recent changes have allowed eligible claimants to file a claim online for a faster response.

You may be eligible to file a claim online if you are the only owner listed for the property and the property value is less than $1000.

Good luck searching!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

 Several Ting Bills To Become California State Law on January 1(Sacramento) – After another successful legislative year, several bills authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) will take effect on January 1, 2019. They include:

AB 87-Autonomous Vehicles: Allows law enforcement to impound autonomous vehicles operating without proper permits to ensure road safety.

AB 1184 - TNC Tax: Affirms San Francisco’s authority to place a ride-hailing tax on the local ballot to fund much-needed transportation projects.

AB 1985-Hate Crime: Sets minimum standards for hate crime policies adopted by local law enforcement agencies, using the Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) framework.

AB 2127-Electric Vehicle Infrastructure: Requires the California Energy Commission to assess the state’s current and future electric vehicle infrastructure needs, preparing us for the move toward cleaner cars.

AB 2219-Third Party Rent: Helps keep families in their homes by requiring landlords to take rent payments for a third party, such as a relative or non-profit organization.

AB 2620-Car Rental Theft: Enables rental car companies to recover stolen vehicles by allowing them to turn on the location feature of a GPS three days after the due date

AB 2832 - Electric Vehicle Battery Recycling (co-author with Assemblymember Dahle): Establishes the Lithium-Ion Car Battery Recycling Advisory Group at CalEPA to recommend best practices for the recovery and recycling of lithium-ion vehicle batteries sold with electric vehicles.

AB 2942-Prosecutor’s Discretion: Gives local prosecutors an avenue to recommend the re-sentencing of inmates unjustly serving long sentences and have been rehabilitated.

SB 212-Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program (co-author with Senator Jackson): Creates a statewide, industry-funded take-back program for unused prescription drugs and needles.

Please note AB 748-Body Camera Disclosure, a landmark police accountability bill, was also signed by the Governor this year, but will not take effect until July 1, 2019. It increases police transparency by requiring body camera footage of officer-involved shootings and uses of force to be released within 45 days of the incident, unless the incident is still under investigation.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

New Research Explores Crucial Equity Considerations for Expanding Financial Aid Access and Availability in California

New research released today from The Education Trust–West examines financial aid access in California and offers guidance for improving the state’s Cal Grant program. The pair of new resources looks at the effectiveness of efforts to streamline Cal Grant applications, provides key considerations for making the Cal Grant more equitable, and recommends next steps state and district leaders should take to increase students’ access to financial aid.

Paving the Path to College Aid: Expanding Access to the Cal Grant Program looks at work being done to increase Cal Grant application rates, including the initial implementation of AB 2160, a bill authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting to streamline the Cal Grant application process by requiring that high schools submit GPAs electronically. Over the past five years, Cal Grant application completion rates have increased by 10 percentage points, with 56 percent of high school seniors completing applications in 2017. Rates were even higher in the highest-poverty schools, where 66 percent of twelfth graders completed applications in 2017. Paving the Path outlines effective practices that county offices of education, districts, and schools are using to meet this new requirement and increase Cal Grant access, and offers suggestions for ways in which state, district, and school leaders can further improve access to financial aid.

“Streamlining the Cal Grant application process is the simplest way to ensure thousands of students in our state have access to the California dream. I’m glad to see application rates have increased, especially in California’s highest poverty schools, since implementation of my legislation, AB 2160, to do just this. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature, along with The Education Trust-West and other stakeholders to further strengthen our financial aid programs and make sure affordable college is truly a reality in California,” said Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco).

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Ting Introduces Homemade Solution to California’s Housing CrisisAccessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), commonly known as “in-law units” or “granny flats,” are poised to play an important role in alleviating California’s housing crisis. After being sworn in to a fourth term this week, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced AB 68 and AB 69, making it even easier and faster for homeowners to build livable space in their backyards.

“We are in a housing crisis, and ADUs are one of the quickest ways to expand our affordable housing supply,” said Ting. “While the state has already removed some of the red tape, we need to do more to spur widespread adoption.”

According to the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley, applications for ADU permits have jumped significantly since the Legislature eased some regulations, but  homeowners still face challenges when it comes to building codes, limiting the full potential of ADUs.

Ting’s ADU bills aim to:

  •     Speed up the approval process to 60 days

  •     Prohibit restrictive local requirements pertaining to lot size and parking

  •     Allow more types of units, such as units in multi-family dwellings, to be approved with less bureaucratic review

  •     Create a Small Home Building Standards Code to make construction more cost-effective and safe

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Ting's State Budget Blueprint Prepares California To Ride Out Economic Downturn Without CutsSacramento – Due to a remarkable economy and responsible budget practices, California’s finances are in good shape today. However, a more robust reserve is needed to weather a recession. With that in mind, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, unveiled his budget blueprint, Funding Progress | Protecting Tomorrow, calling for an incremental expansion of economic opportunities for all Californians while building up the reserve and paying down debt.

“We’ve invested wisely to keep California moving forward. Our goal is to maintain those investments that resulted in higher funding for education, poverty reduction, healthcare, housing and other priorities,” said Ting. “At the same time,  we need to protect the state against a recession by saving even more.”

Highlights of Funding Progress | Protecting Tomorrow include:

 ·         Focusing on One-Time Investments: bigger reserve, debt payment, infrastructure needs

·         Funding Promises Made: wildfire assistance, poverty reduction, enrollment expansion at UC & CSU; more financial aid; climate change policies

·         Measured Investments in Long-Term Goals: housing, homelessness, healthcare access, early childhood care/education

To read more about Funding Progress | Protecting Tomorrow, click here.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Sacramento – Shortly after being sworn in today, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) renewed efforts to fight global warming with cleaner cars. He introduced AB 40 for 2040, which requires the California Air Resources Board to develop a comprehensive state strategy to achieve complete electrification of the transportation sector in 22 years, by year 2040.

“Much of the research today says climate change is happening at a much faster rate than anticipated. Since transportation accounts for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions and 80% of transportation emissions come from passenger vehicles, our vehicles are both the problem and solution. Cleaner cars would make the biggest impact in reducing this pollution,” said Ting.

Ting Introduces Legislation to Move California Toward Clean CarsThe urgency to adopt zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) more aggressively is highlighted in last month’s federal report that delivered a dire warning about the consequences of climate change if we don’t act, including greater instances of illness and premature deaths.

“It’s clear that we need to shift to zero-polluting electric cars and trucks. We simply have to stop exposing children to harmful air pollution and to stop wrapping the planet in climate pollution,” said Kathryn Phillips, Director of Sierra Club California. “The question is not whether we will have an electric car future or even when. The question is how do we get there as quickly as possible? This bill will help answer that.”

The global car market is already moving toward ZEVs. National governments, including Great Britain, France, China, Norway, Ireland, Netherlands and India, have announced policies to electrify vehicles. At the state and local levels, bans on gas and diesel powered vehicles have been announced by the Canadian Province of British Columbia and the cities of Copenhagen, Rome, Athens, Paris, Madrid, Mexico City, and Brussels.

“Moving toward a clean cars future is not just important, it's necessary,” said Mary Creasman, CEO of the California League of Conservation Voters. “With climate change impacts worsening daily and federal progress on clean cars being gutted, California must take bold action.”

AB 40 requires the report to be completed by 2021 and is one of many Ting bills intended to put California on a path to cleaner cars.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Ting Issue Statement on LAO's Fiscal Outlook


(San Francisco, CA) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, released the following statement in response to the Legislative Analyst’s Office’s (LAO) fiscal outlook for 2019-20:

California’s strong economy has enabled us to erase budget deficits and make significant progress in affordable housing, education, poverty reduction and other priorities while boosting our rainy day fund. I’m glad to see the fiscal outlook is still bright for the state, but the LAO report also warns we don’t have enough saved up to weather a recession. We must make smart investments and proceed with caution to protect programs for the long-run. No one wants to relive the devastating budget cuts we were forced to make only a short time ago.

The LAO report can be found here.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Assemblymember Phil Ting Featured in Sustainability Leaders Podcast

Assemblymember Phil Ting is pushing the envelope of California environmental legislation; authoring AB 1745, which seeks to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles after 2040. While the bill did not pass this year, he vows to bring it back in 2019. In a conversation with Jobs With Impact, a podcast covers Phil’s early career as a civil rights activist in the Asian community, his views on green job opportunities, and the climate priorities of the California legislature, where he currently chairs the Assembly Budget Committee. Listen here. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Voter Registration Deadline is October 22

Your voice matters! A lot is at stake at the national, state & local levels. Please register to vote by Monday’s deadline (10/22), so you can participate in the November 6 election. The online application is easy to fill out: RegisterToVote.Ca.Gov.