Press Release

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

DMV to Close Offices Statewide for Half-Day on July 24Sacramento – The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will close its offices statewide for a half day on July 24, 2019, to better prepare employees to process REAL ID transactions and reinforce training on providing excellent customer service.

Operation Excellence: DMV Training will result in more consistent customer experiences statewide and equip employees with the tools they need to handle an unprecedented volume of REAL ID applications, which are more complex and take more time to process.

The training will take place at 183 DMV field offices, Commercial Drive Test Centers and Industry Business Centers throughout the state. More than 5,000 employees will receive the training at their home offices, which will open for business at 1 p.m.

“Our employees are at the heart of every transaction we perform,” said Kathleen Webb, DMV acting director. “With this commitment to training, we can ensure they have the proper tools, knowledge, and experience to provide excellent customer service to the people of California.”

Operation Excellence is an initiative of the DMV Reinvention Strike Team, which Governor Gavin Newsom created in January to lead a comprehensive modernization and reinvention of the DMV with an emphasis on transparency, worker performance, speed of service and overall consumer satisfaction. The Strike Team was created in response to long wait times in DMV field offices, which were exacerbated by the federal government’s REAL ID requirements.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

STATE BUDGET REFLECTS LONG-HELD VALUES AND PRIORITIES, SAYS TING

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, released the following statement about the State Legislature’s passage of the 2019-2020 budget for California.  An Assembly Budget Committee overview of the spending plan is available here.  Ting’s statement is as follows:

“California’s long-held values and priorities are prominently reflected in the new state budget. Strong revenues allow us to make investments that ensure our state’s unparalleled prosperity touches all Californians. That includes strengthening social infrastructure to lift families from homelessness and poverty, opening the door to more educational opportunities from pre-school to college, and closing the gap on universal health care. We accomplish all this while still having healthy reserves to protect these programs through the next economic downturn. This is how we demonstrate leadership in California.”

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Ting Names Two Organizations as District's Non-Profits of the Year

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) named two organizations as his district's Non-Profits of the Year:

  • The San Francisco Bike Coalition promotes bicycles for everyday transportation, making the city's streets and neighborhoods easier to navigate. You can read more about them here.
  • YBike San Francisco teaches kids how to ride bikes and become more confident on city streets. You can read more about them here.

Congratulations to both and thank you for the work you do in our community!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Ting Stands with Housing Coalition Pushing to Solve State's Housing Crisis

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) is proud to stand with a housing coalition pushing to pass legislation centered around: Production, Preservation & Protection. Their package includes three of his housing bills: 

  • AB 68 and  AB 69 make it easier to build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), like in-law units, granny flats and backyard cottages
  • AB 1486 gives more affordable housing projects priority on surplus govt land
Friday, May 31, 2019

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) shares his commitment to moving California toward clean cars by 2040. If we want clean air, we need clean cars.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Ting Proposals to Increase California’s Affordable Housing Supply Approved by State AssemblyThe California State Assembly paved the way for more housing units in the state by approving three proposals by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) before a key legislative deadline. Two bills (AB 68 & AB 69) encourage greater adoption of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), commonly known as “in-law units” or “granny flats,” while the third, AB 1486, gives priority to more affordable housing projects when surplus public land becomes available. 

“In a housing crunch like ours, all reasonable solutions should be on the table. I’m a big supporter of ADUs because they are one of the fastest ways to expand our affordable housing supply, but we need to do more to spur widespread adoption,” said Ting. “Regarding surplus land, I can’t think of a better use for property the government no longer needs than to build affordable housing on it.”

Ting’s ADU bills aim to make it even easier and faster for homeowners to build livable space on their properties by:

  • Speeding up the approval process to 60 days
  • Prohibiting restrictive local requirements pertaining to lot size and parking
  • Allowing more types of units, such as units in multi-family dwellings, to be approved with less bureaucratic review
  • Creating a Small Home Building Standards Code to make construction more cost-effective and safe
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Assembly Approves Ting’s Groundbreaking Criminal Justice Reform Bill, Key to Re-Entry for MillionsSacramento, CA – The California State Assembly opened the doors to employment, housing and educational opportunities for millions of Californians today by approving AB 1076, a clean slate effort by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). The proposal uses technology to automate arrest and conviction relief for those already entitled to record clearance under existing law. The current system is too burdensome and expensive for most people to navigate, resulting in barriers to re-entering society.

“There’s a great cost to our economy and society when we shut out job-seeking workers looking for a better future,” said Ting. “Everybody deserves a second chance. We must use available technology to help people who have already paid their debt to society get back on their feet.”

Studies show that lack of access to jobs and housing are primary factors that drive individuals to reoffend. The obstacles to successful re-entry also disproportionately impact communities of color and those who are socio-economically disadvantaged. By requiring no additional action by petitioners, AB 1076 can make the system more fair and equitable, while also improving public safety through reduced recidivism.