SF Chronicle: Low-Income Jurors Could Make $100 A Day Under New CA Bill

Criminal defendants have the right to be tried by a jury of their peers, but that can be difficult for low-income defendants whose counterparts can’t afford to serve on jurors’ $15-a-day wages. So San Francisco has a pilot program increasing some jurors’ pay to $100 a day, and the lawmaker who sponsored the program is now proposing to expand it statewide.

KTSF: CA Grants $6.5M To Boost Mental Health & Wellness Services for AAPI communities

California Asm Phil Ting announced $6.5 million in funding from the state to promote mental health and wellness services in the Asian Pacific American community.

Ting announced that the state government will allocate 6.5 million yuan to help the Multiple Services Center (RAMS) in the Richmond District of San Francisco to establish a permanent mental health service center.

KRON TV: Mental Health Services For AAPI Community in SF

Providing and expanding mental health services for the AAPI community was the focus of a gathering Friday in San Francisco’s Richmond District.

Acknowledging the recent massacres in Half Moon Bay and Monterey Park as well as the surge of hate attacks directed at the AAPI community during the pandemic, San Francisco Assemblymember Phil Ting announced he has secured 6.5 million dollars in state funds for RAMS, a Richmond District nonprofit which provides community mental health services.

ABC 7: 'What The Hell Is Wrong With Us': State, Local Politicians Plead For Stricter Gun Laws Nationwide

With more mass shootings than days in 2023, the chorus for gun reform is growing ever louder following the tragedy in Half Moon Bay.

Both from state leaders as well as local politicians ... One of those leading the charge is state Assemblyman Phil Ting, who has long called on lawmakers in Sacramento to set an example for the rest of the nation.

"We should have much tighter licensing restrictions," Ting said. "We should really focus on making sure assault weapons across the country are banned."

Video: Community Coffee With Asm Phil Ting

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) updates constituents on his accomplishments last year and his priorities for this year's legislative session. It was held at the Geneva Car Barn, which received $3.5 million in state funding a few years ago, thanks to the efforts of the Assemblymember. The investment helped with the transformation of this historic landmark into a community space.

Politico: CA is Working Hard To Pass Gun Laws — And Even Harder To Defend Them

California Democrats returned to Sacramento this week with a gun-safety agenda following a near-record year for U.S. mass shootings. But their legal obstacles loom higher than ever.

... Phil Ting, a Democratic Assemblymember from San Francisco, said he expects to see a legislative push this year to make more research on firearms and gun violence publicly available.