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Bay Area Reporter: LGBTQ Asians Push To Stem Hate Crimes Tide

LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Californians are part of a coalition of community groups and state lawmakers pushing to stem a tide of hate crimes against API individuals and others that has been rising since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are focused this week on advancing two bills in the California Legislature collectively called the No Place for Hate Campaign.

SF Chronicle: Bridge Toll Penalties Can Be Crushing For Low-Income Drivers. A State Bill Aims To Ease The Burden

For many Bay Area residents, driving across one of the region’s eight bridges is routine. These roadways serve as a crucial connection to the East Bay and elsewhere.

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The new system left many residents confused about how to pay their toll fees, and some of them accumulated debt through toll evasion penalties. In February 2020, a month before the pandemic triggered nationwide shutdowns, BATA saw 201,371 toll violations. In February 2022, there were 880,759 — an increase of over 400%.

Inside CA Politics Show:

California Assembly member Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, joined Inside California Politics co-host Nikki Laurenzo to discuss the signing of AB 1594. WATCH here

 

SacBee: Newsom Signs New Gun-Control Law Allowing Lawsuits Against Firearm Manufacturers

Californians will soon be able to sue gun manufacturers if they experience harm from their products, under a law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday. Assembly Bill 1594 specifically authorizes individuals, the California attorney general or city or county attorneys to bring civil actions against firearms manufacturers “for an act or omission in violation of the firearm industry standard of conduct,” according to the legislative digest write-up of the bill. The law goes into effect July 1, 2023.

Bay City News: $30M To Be Distributed To Organizations Fighting AAPI Hate

Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, and others active in addressing hate against the Asian and Pacific Islander community on Wednesday celebrated a victory after $30.3 million was approved for distribution by the California Department of Social Services to local nonprofits.

The money, to be distributed in grants to organizations that are providing services to victims and strengthening violence prevention programs, is part of the $166.5 million Asian and Pacific Islander Equity budget that was passed in California last year.

NBC Bay Area: Millions in Grants Awarded to Hate Crime Prevention Programs

Recent data shows an alarming rise in hate crimes across California.

Millions of dollars in grants are now being distributed to community organizations in hopes of changing that trend, especially in the Asian American community.

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Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) announced grants for about a dozen recipients around the state.