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CA Assembly Approves Ting’s Legislation To Consolidate, Close Some Prisons Amid State’s Budget Crisis

At a time when California is facing a large budget deficit, the state Assembly today approved AB 2178 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), which could save billions of dollars in prison costs. The bill sets a threshold of how many empty beds the state can have, paving the way to consolidating – even closing – some prisons, while promoting fiscal responsibility and enhancing community safety.

“The passage of my legislation comes at a crucial time, as California grapples with severe budget constraints. It’s fiscally irresponsible to maintain such high levels of unused prison beds at taxpayer expense when schools, social safety net programs, transportation and other priorities are on line,” said Ting. 

CA Assembly Approves Ting’s Legislation To End Legacy Admissions Practices So That College Access Is More Fair & Equitable

California is another step closer to ending preferential treatment in the college application process, after the state Assembly today approved AB 1780 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco).  The proposal prioritizes equal opportunity by banning “legacy admissions,” which heavily tips the scales in favor of accepting someone related to a donor or alumni of the university or college. It often results in a wealthier, less racially diverse student body. Continuing this practice could result in financial consequences for the school.

“Everyone should be considered fairly. If you work hard, get good grades and have a well-rounded background, your spot should not be taken by someone else just because their family can write a big check or is a graduate of that school,” said Ting. “If we value diversity in higher education, we must level the playing field. That means making the college application process more fair and equitable.”

Assembly Approves Ting’s Legislation to Improve Public Safety When Autonomous Vehicles Operate On CA Streets

With the bi-partisan approval of AB 1777 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), the California State Assembly took steps today to strengthen public safety where autonomous vehicles (AVs) are operating. Following reports of several incidents in the last few months, the legislation ensures safety protocols and traffic laws are followed statewide to protect passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers.

“Our regulations need to catch up, as this technology becomes increasingly commonplace. I’m glad to see lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that we can provide a trusted ride service to residents and visitors without slowing innovation,” said Ting, who rode in an AV last Fall and found it safe.

After months of engaging industry representatives and local transportation leaders, AB 1777 addresses two areas to increase accountability and oversight of robo-taxis, so that rides and roads are safer:

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Milestones Achieved & More State Funding Secured For Project That Will Improve Access To Sub-Acute Care Services In San Francisco

A collaboration between Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Chinese Hospital to ease the sub-acute bed crisis locally has reached key milestones, bringing a new sub-acute wing to the Chinatown facility a big step closer to reality. 

Phase One of Chinese Hospital’s new wing, dubbed the Mechanical Backbone Project, is now complete with the help of $5 million from the 2022-23 California state budget that Ting secured. Much of the section’s infrastructure required updating and remodeling. With that portion done, Ting announced today another $5 million allocated from the 2023-24 state budget, allowing Phase Two of the construction to begin. This entails building out the 23-bed sub-acute unit itself.

Ting Highlights Legislative & Budgetary Work On Active Transportation, As San Francisco Begins Bike & Roll To School Week

On the eve of San Francisco Bike and Roll To School Week, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) hosted an event today to get students ready. His annual bike fair offered safety tips, bicycle tune-ups, a free helmet giveaway and more. 

“It’s good for the environment and their health when we show our kids there are other ways to get to school than a car,” said Ting. “I’ve been a champion of active transportation, working to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. Slowly, but surely, we are making our streets safer and more accessible for everyone.”

Asm Committee To Consider Ting’s Legislation to Strengthen Public Safety When Autonomous Vehicles Operate On CA Streets

As autonomous vehicles (AVs) become increasingly part of our lives, steps must be taken to ensure safety protocols and traffic laws are followed. After months of engaging industry representatives and local transportation leaders, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) has proposed AB 1777, which prioritizes public safety. The Assembly Transportation Committee will be considering the proposal on Monday, April 22, beginning around 12:30 p.m. when floor session adjourns. (Watch here.)

Ting Highlights His 2024 Environmental Legislation As Earth Day Approaches

Harmful chemicals and clean transportation top the list of environmental priorities that Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) is championing this year. Known for his efforts to accelerate California’s transition to clean cars and improving recycling access, Ting continues his pursuit of solutions that help ensure a sustainable future.

“I’m alarmed over reports that climate change is accelerating. Earth Day gives people a chance to reflect on their relationship with our planet, and frankly, we must do better,” said Ting. “I hope California persists in leading the way. Like all parents, I’ve got kids to think about and the world they will inherit.”

Each of the following bills have already cleared at least one Assembly committee:

Conversion of Empty Office Spaces to Housing Could Revitalize Downtown San Francisco Under New Legislation By Asm Ting

San Francisco’s downtown could once again thrive under AB 2488 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). The legislation uses a tax incentive to attract developers who can turn vacant office buildings into much needed residential units. The conversions aim to generate economic activity with the increased foot traffic, while providing relief to the City’s longstanding housing shortage.

“We can address two problems with one bill. AB 2488 empowers San Francisco to create vibrant, walkable, mixed-use communities that open the door to new economic, social and cultural opportunities. The prospect is exciting,” said Ting. 

Ting Announces Assembly District 19's Women of the Year

Assemblymember Phil Ting announced the four outstanding women chosen as his district’s Women of the Year. They have made a meaningful difference in our communities, forging paths to a better future for the under-served.

Rose Chung from San Francisco’s Russian Hill

Rose Chung is Board Chair of APA Family Support Services, Vice-President of Portsmouth Square Garage and past President of Jung Family Association. As a former legislative aide at City Hall, Rose champions causes close to her heart. She is the visionary behind the Miss Asian Global Pageant, which celebrates nearly four decades of empowering women. Rose embodies the ethos of "women lifting women," leveraging their collective compassion to deliver meaningful change in society.

Juslyn Manalo from Daly City