Press Releases

Monday, May 4, 2020

Alice BulosSacramento – A beloved leader in the Bay Area’s Filipino community may soon have a highway segment named after her. The Assembly Transportation Committee today approved ACR 165, a resolution by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) that designates the Daly City portion of State Route 35 as the Alice Peña Bulos Memorial Highway.

“Every May, we celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month to commemorate the important contributions Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have provided our country,” said Ting.  “With this in mind, it is my honor to recognize Alice Peña Bulos, who is considered the Godmother of Filipino American politics and empowerment.  Her career in community organizing epitomizes leadership not just in the Filipino community, but also throughout the state of California. I am proud to represent the district where Bulos’ activism was rooted and her legacy lives on.”

Bulos was born on March 31, 1930 in the Philippines. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in social and behavioral science at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila where she later served as professor and chair of the Department of Sociology.  In 1972, she and her family moved to San Francisco and later to Sacramento. Over the span of four decades, Bulos dedicated herself to empowering generations of Filipino Americans to amplify their voices through civic participation. Her influence includes serving on the Filipino American Caucus for the California Democratic Party, the National Filipino Women’s Network, and the National Asian Pacific Democratic Council.

“Throughout her life, ‘Tita Alice’ was committed to opening doors for young Fil-Ams who wanted to enter public service and politics but did not see themselves represented in those places of power. While she is no longer with us, her memory lives on in her family and the numerous friends, supporters, and pupils she inspired over her decades of service,” said the Filipino American Democratic Club of San Mateo County, whose members include Daly City and South San Francisco Council members, as well as other prominent San Mateo County Filipino American leaders.  

ACR 165 has a few more stops in the legislative process. If it’s signed into law, supporters may raise money for the cost of signage. Non-state funds are required for the creation of all memorial highway signs.

Photo Courtesy: Filipino American Democratic Caucus

Friday, April 10, 2020

SACRAMENTO— Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D- Lakewood) announced today that the Assembly has scheduled its first Budget subcommittee hearing focused on the state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Assembly Budget Subcommittee 6, chaired by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D- San Francisco), will meet on Monday, April 20, at 10:00am in Room 4202 in the State Capitol.

The hearing will include oversight and assessment of California’s COVID-19 expenditures, including the use of the emergency funds approved by the Legislature in March.

“These are unusual circumstances for the Legislature, but it is our role to oversee and ensure the efficient and effective spending of California tax dollars,” Rendon said. “Now, more than ever, it’s critical that we do so.”

“California has worked hard over the years to craft responsible budgets that built up our rainy day fund. Now that we need to dip into it, we must make sure we’re spending the money wisely because that rainy day is looking more like a rainy season, and may stretch even longer. The best way to keep tabs on our COVID-19 expenses and weather this pandemic is through robust accountability efforts. It is the responsibility of the Legislature to make sure resources are reaching all parts of the state and provide careful oversight of spending, just as our constituents at home are doing the same with their own personal budgets,” said Ting.

The Capitol will be open for attendance of this hearing. Given the statewide stay-at-home order, and guidance on physical distancing, seating will be very limited for press and for the public. All are encouraged to watch the hearing from its live stream on the Assembly’s website.

The method of participation in public testimony during this hearing will be announced closer to the hearing date, but will include an online option to support physical distancing and public health.

Monday, March 23, 2020

As part of the emergency state budget allocation under SB 89 to help California address the COVID-19 pandemic, the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council awarded grants to local jurisdictions and service providers to limit community spread. To see list of recipients, click here.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Assemblymembers Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Autumn Burke (D-South Bay, Los Angeles) sent a letter to the California Association of County Treasurers & Tax Collector urging them waive late payment penalties and other relief for property owners affected by COVID-19. The full letter is here:  Assemblymembers Ting and Burke Urge Relief for Property Owners  

Friday, March 20, 2020

ing Unveils Bill to Prevent Evictions & Foreclosures for Californians Affected by COVID-19The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the paychecks of millions of Californians. They’ve either lost their jobs or had their hours significantly reduced. Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) is introducing AB 828 to help those struggling to make ends meet, imposing a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures on residents whose incomes have been diminished because of the coronavirus.

“We already had a homeless crisis before the coronavirus reached California. The last thing we need is to put more people on the streets and increase community spread,” said Ting. “We must prioritize public health right now and keep people housed.”

AB 828 defines the moratorium period and provides a framework for repayment of past-due monies. Provisions include:
•    No evictions or foreclosures during the declared state of emergency related to COVID-19, plus 15 days afterward
•    Courts can set up a repayment plan for monies owed and allow residents to remain in the residence
•    Payment recovery period may go through March 2021 if economic hardship due to the coronavirus can be proven

In recognition of the same financial difficulties that small businesses and nonprofits are facing during this pandemic, Ting has also agreed to principal co-author SB 939, a proposal by State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) that establishes similar protective measures on the commercial side.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

As of Thursday night, March 19, Governor Newsom has ordered all Californians to stay at home until further notice, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Only those with essential jobs or providing essential services can go to work. For the sake of public health, please comply. You can read the order here.

Details of what's open and what you can do can be found here.

California's comprehensive website on COVID-19 can be found here. 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Ting Applauds Govenor's Plan for Seton Medical Center

(San Francisco) -- After advocating for months to save Seton Medical Center, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) commended Governor Newsom for using special COVID-19 response funds from the state budget to secure the services of the Daly City hospital. The facility was set for imminent closure and would have left the southern portion of San Francisco and Northern San Mateo County with no emergency room, potentially straining other nearby urgent care centers and forcing residents to drive farther for care.

“I’m grateful the Governor saw the urgent need to keep Seton Medical Center open during this pandemic,” said Ting, whose district includes Daly City. “But even after our current public health crisis passes, it would be imperative for this facility to remain open because 27,000 patients, mostly elderly and low-income, are served there. Seton’s immediate closure would have created a health care desert. I’m proud to have joined with community leaders over the past year to work toward saving it."

The agreement with Seton is made possible under SB 89, a bill which Ting, as Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, urged lawmakers to pass on Monday, allocating up to $1 billion to help the state combat COVID-19. The measure passed with bipartisan support in both houses and was signed by the Governor on Tuesday.

In August 2018, Verity, owners of Seton Medical Center and other health facilities, filed for bankruptcy. Seton garnered some interest from buyers, but a sale never materialized, worrying community leaders. The state stepping in is welcome news because the move buys some time.

Seton Medical Center was founded more a century ago in San Francisco, operating as Mary’s Help Hospital. It moved to its current location in 1965, becoming Daly City’s largest employer with about 1,500 workers. The facility has 357 beds, and 80% of patients use MediCal and Medicare.