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Monday, March 4, 2019
Assemblymember Ting Honors AD 19 Woman of the Year - Nadine Burke Harris, CA's new Surgeon General
Assemblymember Ting Honors AD 19 Woman of the Year - Nadine Burke Harris, CA's new Surgeon General
Assemblymember Ting Honors AD 19 Woman of the Year - Nadine Burke Harris, CA's new Surgeon General
Assemblymember Ting Honors AD 19 Woman of the Year - Nadine Burke Harris, CA's new Surgeon General
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Ting Announces $4.5 Million in New State Grants to Bring Fresh, Healthy Foods to Underserved Neighborhoods

Access to fresh, healthy food is a problem for many Californians, particularly those who live in food deserts where no grocery stores or supermarkets are located. But help is on the way! Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) today announced the availability of $4.5 million in state grants to enable corner stores and small markets to purchase energy efficient refrigeration units. In return, beneficiaries of the Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program agree to carry California-grown produce and other healthier options.

“Your address shouldn’t determine your diet,” said Ting, who helped create the program and secure grant funding as Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee. “The state is stepping in to ensure more people have access to healthy and nutritious foods no matter where they live.”

Without grocery stores close by, residents of underserved communities have no choice but to shop at corner markets, which do not always have the resources to stock fresh food. This void contributes to diet-related diseases and, ultimately, poor health. The Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program enables existing markets to offer residents better choices.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

BART Improvement Projects Mean Temporary Service Changes

Upgrades are in store for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. That means beginning February 11, 2019, there will be major services changes. Improvements will include seismic work to the Transbay Tube, updates to the electrical power system in downtown San Francisco and other vital safety repairs to BART’s aging infrastructure using voter-approved Measure RR funds.

The service changes will impact you if you ride BART on weekdays between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., weekdays after 9 p.m. or any time on Sundays. 

BART TO OPEN AT 5 A.M. WEEKDAYS

BART service will start an hour later at 5 a.m. so crews have more time to work on seismic upgrades to the Transbay Tube so it can withstand a major earthquake. Local transit agencies have set up a new “Early Bird Express” bus network, which will operate between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m.  Please visit bart.gov/earlybirdexpress for bus schedule information, fares and parking options. 

WEEKNIGHTS AFTER 9 P.M.

Trains will single-track through the Transbay Tube after 9 p.m. on weeknights while crews make seismic upgrades.  Trains will run every 24 minutes system-wide instead of every 20 minutes.

SUNDAY SERVICE

A new line of service is coming to the Peninsula: the Purple Line. The Purple Line will provide direct, nonstop service between Millbrae and San Francisco International Airport on Sundays.

Additionally, on many Sundays, trains will single-track between Embarcadero and 24th Street Mission stations so crews can upgrade the electrical power system in downtown San Francisco.  As a result, the Dublin/Pleasanton (Blue) line, which currently provides direct service between Dublin/Pleasanton and San Francisco on Sundays, will stop running at MacArthur Station.  Riders using the Dublin/Pleasanton (Blue) line will need to transfer at 12th Street/Oakland City Center Station to get to and from San Francisco.

NEW TRAINS, MORE SEATS IN THE FLEET

BART will begin to add additional Fleet of the Future trains to the schedule. BART will also start running longer trains during commute hours, which means there will be more seats in the fleet for riders.     

Because there are so many changes to the schedule, BART officials urge that you please “check before you go” by using the official BART app (available in the App Store and Google Play), visitng bart.gov or calling (510) 465-BART to plan your trip and double-check your train status before you head out.

Thank you for your understanding as BART workers make these necessary repairs so that the system runs reliably for decades to come.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Friday, February 1, 2019

Claim your money through CalEITC(Sacramento, CA) - The tax season is underway! As many as one million more Californians may be eligible for a state refund under the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), which was expanded again for the 2018 tax year. Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, championed the effort during negotiations in 2018. Research has shown that EITCs are an effective anti-poverty tool. CalEITC put nearly $350 million directly in the hands of 1.4 million people last year, tripling the number of households that claimed the credit when compared to the prior year.

“California’s strong economy enables us to give a modest income boost to the families that need it the most,” said Ting. “The majority of Californians eligible for the state Earned Income Tax Credit are single-income households headed by women with children, and a refund can be life-changing for them. Adding self-employed workers for the first time in the 2017 tax year, particularly those in the gig economy, was especially impactful.”

Workers must file an income tax return in order to get the refund, even if they don’t owe anything. Every year, California leaves $2 billion of unclaimed state and federal EITC money on the table.  Help us spread the word! Numerous non-profits can connect workers with free tax preparation services. This year, taxes are due by Monday, April 15th.

Wednesday, January 23, 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 here.

Phil Ting
Assemblymember, 19th District

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Gabriel Petek Named New Legislative AnalystSenator Holly Mitchell, Chair, Assemblymember Phil Ting, Vice-Chair, and the members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) today announced that Gabriel Petek has been selected to be the next Legislative Analyst for the California Legislature.

Petek, who currently serves as a Managing Director and the San Francisco Office Head, as well as the Primary Credit Analyst for California, for S & P Global Ratings, will assume the job February 4, 2018. He succeeds Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor, who assumed the post in 2008 and retired at the end of 2018. Petek will be only the sixth person to lead the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) since the office was established in 1941.

The selection of Petek concludes a bipartisan, bicameral, nationwide search conducted by a Subcommittee on the Selection of the Legislative Analyst, which came to a close with official action by the full Joint Legislative Budget Committee. The JLBC’s selection of Petek on January 16 was approved on a unanimous 14-0 vote.

“One of my key priorities throughout this bipartisan process was to identify a new Legislative Analyst who will help the legislature achieve its policy and oversight goals by providing thoughtful analysis and support. Gabriel Petek brings strong credentials and experience to the job. I look forward to engaging him in the budget process, so we can make the smartest fiscal decisions for California,” said Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco).

Thursday, January 10, 2019

TING STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR’S BUDGET RELEASEAssemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, released the statement below following Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget release:

“We clearly share the same values with the Governor. I’m excited to see priorities outlined in our Assembly Budget Blueprint, Funding Progress | Protecting Tomorrow, included in his budget, especially:

  • Strong reserves in the Rainy Day Fund and Resiliency Fund ($18.5 billion total);
  • One-time investments, which ensure the State keeps a structural operating surplus in future years;
  • Paying down state debts and unfunded retirement liabilities;
  • Helping school districts with retirement costs;
  • Investments in early education, including full-day kindergarten;
  • Support for higher education students, including expanding financial aid;
  • Expanding access to health care, including help with coverage affordability;
  • Increasing CalWORKs grant levels and growing our existing home visit program;
  • Critical funding to expand affordable housing and prevent homelessness; and,
  • A dramatic expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit for working poor families.

I look forward to working with the Governor to craft a progressive, yet prudent, fiscal plan that will benefit all Californians. Hearings will begin in a few weeks so the public can help us shape this proposal into a final state budget. Together, we will invest in California’s future while also ensuring that the progress made is protected with healthy financial reserves in case of an economic downturn.”

For more information about the Assembly Budget Blueprint, Funding Progress | Protecting Tomorrow, please click here.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Each year in the United States, up to 3 million trees and 9 billion gallons of water are used to create receipts, which generate 686 million pounds of waste and 12 billion pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2), the equivalent of one million cars on the road.

You can help reduce unneeded waste by signing this petition to support AB 161, legislation will bring California to the 21st Century by requiring businesses to provide receipts digitally unless a customer asks for a hard copy.

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