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NBC Bay Area: ‘Now more than ever': Local, State Leaders Uniting Communities Against Hate

With hate crimes on the rise across California, local and state leaders are asking communities to stand up against hate.

United Against Hate Week, which is happening this week, started at Civic Center Park in Berkeley after white supremacy rallies. Years later, local and state leaders say the call to action is only growing with hate crimes mounting.

... "We need to send a message that there are many more of us who have a message of love and of peace than of the fringes who are focused on hate," Assemblymember Phil Ting said.

KQED: California DMV & CPUC Pump the Brakes on Cruise Driverless Taxis in San Francisco

It’s the end of the road for one driverless vehicle company in San Francisco. At least for now.

On Tuesday, the California DMV announced that it suspended autonomous vehicle deployment and driverless testing permits for Cruise because of an early October incident in which a pedestrian was seriously injured.

The DMV said it was lifting Cruise’s permits indefinitely due to safety concerns and because the company failed to disclose full details of the Oct. 2 collision at 5th and Market streets.

SF Chronicle: ADUs Could Be Sold Separately From Homes Under Bill Passed By CA Legislature

Two state bills that could boost construction of ADUs, or accessory dwelling units, moved to the governor’s desk Monday.

AB1033, by Assembly Member Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, allows cities to decide whether property owners can sell ADUs separately, as condos, from the primary home. 

Another Ting measure, AB976, also passed and would permanently ban local ordinances that require property owners to live in their ADU — effectively removing barriers that would otherwise prohibit ADUs to be used as rental properties. 

SacTown Podcast: Interview with Phil Ting

This week we welcome to the program Assembly Member Phil Ting. Ting represents Assembly District 19 and serves as Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee. We discuss Ting’s career, education access, affordability, housing, and more.

CalMatters: Soaring Chronic Absenteeism In CA Schools Is At ‘Pivotal Moment’

As a new school year gets underway in California, districts are desperately trying to lure thousands of missing, tardy and truant students back to the classroom in what many view as a pivotal moment for education in California.

In 2021-22, 30% of students in California’s public schools were chronically absent, an all-time high and more than three times the pre-pandemic rate. Advocates fear that unless schools can reverse the trend, so many students will fall behind that they may never catch up.