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Friday, March 5, 2021

Publication: Sacramento Bee

Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office is withholding gun violence data from a state-funded research institution tasked by lawmakers with evaluating California’s firearm regulations and also is directing universities to destroy records the agency previously released.

Researchers at the UC Davis California Firearm Violence Research Center say that over the last several years, the Department of Justice has made it increasingly difficult to access data only it maintains, despite a legal mandate to provide the records.

The Legislature in 2016 passed a law to establish and fund the center, which works alongside an existing gun violence research program at UC Davis. The idea was to support independent research to identify policies that best prevent deaths and injuries caused by gun violence.

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Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, wrote a measure to confirm the department’s legal responsibility to provide the center and other research institutions with identifying information in their gun ownership-related data.

“There’s no question that it’s not helpful for the Department of Justice to add more restrictive regulations when the Legislature and governor have sent the department a clear signal and mandate that it’s public information,” Ting said. “It’s critical data.”

The department hasn’t taken a position on the bill, but the spokesperson said the agency “notes that the bill acknowledges some of the authorization concerns at issue.”

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Publication: San Jose Mercury

The $6.6 billion compromise legislation is loaded with incentives to entice more schools to reopen this spring

A $6.6 billion compromise bill loaded with incentives to entice more schools to reopen this spring headed to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk Thursday after passing out of the legislature with bipartisan support — and acknowledgment of its shortcomings.

The legislation, Assembly and Senate bills 86, offers public schools a share of $2 billion in aid for reopening costs if they resume some level of in-person instruction by the end of March, with decreasing amounts up to a May 15 deadline. An additional $4.6 billion is aimed at helping address learning loss from remote instruction. The Assembly passed the bill 72-4 after the Senate approved it 36-0.

“Like everybody said, this bill may not be what’s best for you, your family or your district, but I believe this bill is the best for our state,” said Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, who led the effort to craft a bill to help speed reopening of public schools, in which California has lagged other states.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

KTLA/Inside California Politics

Nikki Laurenzo talks to Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, about the plan to reopen California schools for in-person learning and what differences the legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom have.

“We held off so we could continue to have discussions with the administration,” Ting said.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Publication: Capitol Public Radio

Millions of low-income and undocumented Californians will get $600 relief payments after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a sweeping stimulus package to aid those hit hardest by the pandemic, including small businesses. 

The governor approved the plan at Solomon’s Deli in downtown Sacramento Tuesday morning, where he dodged several questions on plans to reopen schools for in-person learning as negotiations resumed. 

Newsom praised the $7.6 billion plan as a way to help businesses and individuals that did not benefit from federal stimulus packages.

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It includes enough money to send an estimated 5.7 million low-income, disabled and undocumented Californians a $600 rebate when they file their 2020 taxes.

Those eligible include:

  1. Households that earn less than $30,000 annually and qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit
  2. Nonresident tax filers who earn up to $75,000
  3. CalWORKS recipients
  4. Individuals enrolled in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) 

“This is such an important bill, because it gets millions of hardworking Californians instant money that they so desperately need during this tough time,” said Assembly Budget Chairman Phil Ting (D–San Francisco).

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Publication: Fox 40/Sacramento

There’s been an increase in violence against Asian Americans as some blame innocent people for the coronavirus outbreak.

Now, lawmakers are working to give that community the resources and protection they deserve.

Sonseeahray spoke to San Francisco Assemblymember Phil Ting about how lawmakers are addressing these hate crimes in the state of California.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Publication: Sacramento Bee

California legislators approved $1.4 million in state funding to help combat anti-Asian violence and racism through the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center on Monday.

Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco and chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, secured funding through the passage of AB 85, which provides $7.6 billion in additional state resources for the ongoing pandemic response. The money will be used to support Stop AAPI Hate’s research and help the organization track anti-Asian incidents, which have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law Tuesday.

“The rise in hate incidents against Asian Americans during the pandemic is alarming,” Ting said in a statement. “But, we can’t solve a problem without knowing how big it is. New state funding allows the data gathering to continue, and the research will ultimately lead us to solutions that will make all communities safer.”

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Publication: San Francisco Chronicle

California lawmakers approved $1.4 million in funding Monday that’ll pay for the study and documentation of xenophobia and hate crimes against Asian Americans amid the pandemic.

The state funds were secured by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, through the passing of AB 85, which provides additional resources for California’s ongoing pandemic response.

“The rise in hate incidents against Asian Americans during the pandemic is alarming,” Ting said in a statement Monday. “But, we can’t solve a problem without knowing how big it is. New state funding allows the data gathering to continue, and the research will ultimately lead us to solutions that will make all communities safer.”