Press Releases

Ting Signs On To Letter Urging Feds For Funding Flexibility To Address Monkeypox

Ting joins ten other state lawmakers in urging Health & Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to allow flexibility in the use of Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) funds so that California can respond to monkeypox. With quick action, the spread of this contagious disease can be stopped. Read the full letter here. 

Ting Announces $4 Million From California Budget To Help With San Francisco’s Portsmouth Square Project

The exciting redesign of Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square got a boost today with an announcement from Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) that the project will receive $4 million in state funding. The investment is part of a continued effort to prioritize Asian American Pacific Islanders communities, complementing last year’s $166.5 million API Equity Budget.

“It’s important that residents in this densely populated neighborhood have a place to enjoy the outdoors within walking distance of their homes. A more open and inviting layout will better serve seniors and multigenerational families who enjoy using Portsmouth Square,” said Ting. “I’m happy to lead the efforts to partner with the City in making sure we address the needs of API communities, and they get the investment they deserve.”

Governor Signs Ting’s Bill Allowing Private Citizens & Others To File Civil Lawsuits Against Gun Industry

In a move to hold firearms manufacturers and retailers more accountable in California, Governor Newsom signed AB 1594 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). The bill empowers residents, the state Attorney General, and local governments to sue the gun industry for the harm their products cause when they don’t follow our state’s strict gun laws. The threat of civil litigation aims to push the gun industry to be more responsible and improve their practices.

Ting & Nonprofits Celebrate Announcement of Another Round of Stop AAPI Hate Grants

Assemblymember Budget Committee Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs and community groups today celebrated the distribution of $30.3 million in Stop AAPI Hate grants to combat the rising number of attacks targeting this community. The Transformative Grants represent the second round of funding, as part of last year’s historic $166.5 million API Equity Budget dedicated to providing resources and services to victims, while also strengthening violence prevention programs. The first round, totaling $14.2 million, was allocated last Spring.

Speaker Rendon, Budget Chair Phil Ting Applaud Passage of 2022-23 Budget

SACRAMENTO –Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) released the following statement today following the Assembly’s passage of the 2022-23 state budget:

“Once again, we are proud of what we have accomplished with the budget and how we got there. The journey involved examining our beliefs about what California should be, then making them a reality.

CA Lawmakers Send Ting’s Bill Allowing Private Citizens & Others To File Civil Lawsuits Against Gun Industry To The Governor

Sacramento – Just days after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing concealed weapons at most places, the California State Legislature sent AB 1594 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to the Governor after today’s approval from the State Senate. The bill empowers California residents, the state Attorney General, and local governments to sue firearm manufacturers and retailers for the harm their products cause when they don’t follow the state’s strict gun laws. The threat of civil litigation aims to push the gun industry to be more responsible and improve their practices. There have been at least 278 mass shootings in the United States this year through mid-June, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Ting Statement on Legislative Budget Action

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, released the following statement on the Legislature sending SB 154 to the Governor:

“Once again, we had a tremendous opportunity with a robust surplus to address the critical needs of California’s most vulnerable by providing more funding for families, small businesses, CalWORKS and SSI recipients, students, and child care. This spending plan prioritizes necessary infrastructure improvements for affordable housing, transportation and transit, school facilities, student housing projects. I’m proud of the budget that we put together, which focuses on lifting up individuals who have been left behind from the last two years of economic growth and provides smart investments that will benefit Californians for years to come.”

Ting Statement on Vote to Collect Late Bay Area Toll Fees

More than 400,000 Drivers Affected

SAN FRANCISCO – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) released the following statement regarding the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) Oversight Committee’s vote to penalize drivers who weren’t able to pay their toll fees:

“The Bay Area Toll Authority should have identified these drivers sooner to provide earlier notice and create payment plan options. Bay Area drivers should not be penalized because BATA chose to remove their operators. The switch to using technology to pay tolls has disproportionately impacted drivers who don’t have debit or credit cards. Now many drivers who rely on their vehicles for work or to bring their kids to school may face not being able to renew their DMV registrations.

Legislative Leaders Announce 2022-23 Joint Budget Agreement

Today, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), and Senate and Assembly Budget Committee Chairs, Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), announced a Legislative budget agreement that will deliver prosperity and strengthen the future by putting California’s wealth to work.

The joint legislative plan, which contains the budget priorities laid out by both houses and includes elements the Governor included in his proposals, strikes the balance of providing real relief to families and small businesses—including $8 billion to help Californians withstand the rising cost of gas and consumer goods—while investing in programs that will bolster Californians and our economy. For more than a decade, responsible budgeting has been the cornerstone of Legislative Democrats’ approach, and this budget further builds upon that record by investing an unprecedented $37.5 billion in reserves.

California Moves a Step Closer to Allowing Private Citizens To File Civil Lawsuits Against Gun Industry

On the heels of the Texas mass shooting in which 19 elementary children died, the California State Assembly today passed AB 1594 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to hold the gun industry more accountable. It empowers California citizens, the state Attorney General and local governments to sue manufacturers and sellers of firearms for the harm caused by their products when the state’s strict gun laws aren’t followed. The possibility of civil litigation aims to push the gun industry to be more responsible and improve their practices, as the number of mass shootings in the United States surpasses 200 this year.