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SF Standard: ‘The Pain Will Just Kill Me’: Newsom Blasted For Cutting Acupuncture In State Budget

... The latest state budget proposal excludes acupuncture from the state-subsidized Medi-Cal services for low-income and vulnerable individuals, sparking a furious backlash from patients and the Chinese American community—especially in San Francisco.

... Phil Ting, a Chinese American Assembly Member from San Francisco, was a major supporter of restoring acupuncture benefits to Medi-Cal in 2016. He said he will push for acupuncture during the state budget process again.

LA Times: Lawmakers Grill Newsom Officials on Homelessness Spending After Audit Causes Bipartisan Frustration

Democrats and Republicans expressed frustration Monday as they grilled Gov. Gavin Newsom’s top housing officials in a tense legislative hearing about how billions of state dollars have been spent on the worsening homelessness crisis.

The hearing by the Assembly budget subcommittee on accountability and oversight came after a state audit released last month found that California has failed to adequately track the outcomes of its vast spending on homelessness programs, raising questions about efficacy and transparency.

SF Examiner: State Budget Allocation Will Let Chinese Hospital Bring More Care Beds To SF

San Francisco’s only independent hospital is getting a boost from the state to improve the Bay Area’s access to care for patients who require special medical equipment, supplies and treatment.

Assemblyman Phil Ting who will reach his term limit later this year, announced Friday that $5 million had been allocated from the 2023-24 state budget to Chinese Hospital to construct a 23-bed subacute-care unit.

SF Examiner: Why SF farmers markets fear end of this state benefit

Thousands of low-income San Franciscans are poised to lose a critical food benefit if Gov. Gavin Newsom’s currently proposed budget cuts pass through the California State Assembly, and local farmers market operators say they’re fearful of the impact in The City.

The Market Match program, started 15 years ago and funded through the California Nutrition Incentive Program, allows recipients of CalFresh and federal food benefits to match daily purchases at farmers markets up to $15 with vouchers.

NBC Bay Area: State Lawmakers Consider Oversight, Accountability For Driverless Vehicle Companies

State lawmakers on Monday once again are focusing on how to make our roads safer when it comes to driverless vehicles.

The state Assembly is considering measures to include better oversight and more accountability for the companies that own and operate driverless vehicles as well as conequences for when those vehicles make mistakes.

Assemblymember Phil Ting of San Francisco is behind the bill.

KRON: New Bill Proposes Converting Downtown SF’s Office Spaces Into Housing

On Tuesday, San Francisco Assemblymember Phil Ting proposed a bill to convert Downtown San Francisco’s empty office spaces into housing. The way they would convert the spaces, Ting says, is through tax incentives.

“We can address two problems with one bill. AB 2488 empowers San Francisco to create vibrant, walkable, mixed-use communities that open the door to new economic, social and cultural opportunities. The prospect is exciting,” said Ting.