Press Releases

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Governor Signs Ting Bill That Could Help Inmates Get a Second ChanceCalifornians serving unjustly long prison sentences may get a second chance under a bill signed by Governor Brown today. AB 2942 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) gives prosecutors the discretion to review cases and recommend a sentence reduction, if warranted. The recommendation is then submitted to a sentencing court, which would make the final determination.

“District attorneys have found that certain prison sentences, upon further review, are no longer in the interest of justice. Let’s give them a tool to revisit cases in which defendants were sentenced under outdated guidelines, have been rehabilitated and would benefit from a second chance,” said Ting, author of AB 2942. Under current California law, only the Board of Parole Hearings may recommend a change to defendant’s sentence.

While public safety remains a key priority, emerging research suggests past policies should be revisited. A University of Chicago report found longer prison sentences have marginal effects on reducing recidivism. In addition, results from a separate study by the Brennan Center for Justice indicate that prison sentences could by shortened by 25% across the board without a negative effect on public safety.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Passage of AB 1184 first step to securing $30 million from TNC Impact Tax to fund transit operations & infrastructure

In Celebration of Transit Week, City Leaders Announce Major Funding For Transportation Improvements San Francisco - City leaders kicked-off Transit Week Monday with the news that Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bill 1184, the first step in securing critical funding for San Francisco transportation projects. This past July, Supervisor Aaron Peskin withdrew his Private Transportation Tax from the November ballot, after negotiating a deal with ride-share companies to pursue an alternate tax on TNC net ride revenue through state and local processes.  The City's Chief Economist estimates the tax will generate $30 million annually, which would be dedicated to transportation infrastructure and operations. Assemblymember Phil Ting authored AB 1184 to affirm San Francisco's agreement with the private transportation industry to become the first city in California to levy a TNC impact tax.

"As San Francisco's economy grows, it must find ways to move people around safely.  The Governor's signature on AB 1184 is an important first step to raise much-needed revenue that'll improve roads, bike lanes, public transit and other transportation projects," said Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco.)

Supervisor Peskin co-chaired a six-month long Transportation Task Force 2045 (TTF2045) in his capacity as Chair of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA). The Task Force, comprised of a diverse cross-section of business, resident and advocate representatives, identified a $22 billion funding need over the next 27 years, without sustained local sources of funding to cover the need. One of the recommendations of the Task Force was to levy a TNC impact tax to mitigate the impacts of TNCs on congestion, declining public transit revenue and general wear-and-tear on City infrastructure. The negotiated agreement caps the proposed tax at 3.25 percent of net ride revenue for TNCs and driverless passenger vehicles, and 1.5 percent for shared rides. With the State-affirming legislation passed, the next step will be to put the TNC Impact Tax onto the November 2019 ballot.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Governor Brown Signs Ting Bill Ensuring Safer Roads While Autonomous Vehicles Are TestedCalifornia is taking steps to make sure driverless cars are operating safely on roads throughout the state. Governor Brown signed AB 87 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) today, giving law enforcement the authority to impound unpermitted autonomous vehicles (AVs). The legislation comes as Sacramento is poised to become the first California city where AVs with no occupants will be tested on public streets. 

“I’m excited about this technology because of its potential to create new transportation opportunities, but companies can’t just put an AV on the road whenever they feel like it. Lives are at stake,” said Ting, author of AB 87. “By giving police the power to seize unpermitted AVs, we’re incentivizing operators to go through the proper channels first. We need assurances AVs can interact safely with drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.”

Friday, September 21, 2018

Statement on DMV Audit

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, held a hearing last month at the State Capitol to identify how technological improvements and customer service efficiencies can shorten wait times at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Assemblymember Ting released the following statement in response to the DMV audit ordered by the Brown Administration today:

While wait times are improving at the DMV, the experiences of Californians at field offices across the state tell us that issues remain. I appreciate the Administration’s consideration of our ongoing concerns and welcome a performance audit of the DMV. The findings will help identify additional solutions and build upon the work of the Legislature. We can and must do better for our constituents.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Assemblymember Phil Ting and Senator Nancy Skinner Highlight Police Transparency Bills on the Governor’s DeskDuring a press conference in San Francisco, Assemblymember Phil Ting, State Senator Nancy Skinner and supporters highlighted two landmark police transparency bills currently on Governor Brown’s desk awaiting his signature.

AB 748 (Ting): Increases police transparency by requiring body camera footage of officer-involved shootings and uses of force to be released within 45 days, unless the incident is still under investigation; 30-day delays are allowed with good reason.

“Body-worn cameras are becoming more and more common among law enforcement agencies, and California needs a statewide standard for how the public can access those recordings,” said Assemblymember Ting. “AB 748 will increase police transparency and will help rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”

Supporters can sign this petition to urge Governor Brown to sign AB 748.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Governor Signs Ting Bill That Paves the Way For More Electric Vehicle Charging Stations In CaliforniaThere’s no doubt California will need more charging stations, as it aggressively pushes for more zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). The question is how many. During his Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, Governor Jerry Brown today signed AB 2127 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to require the California Energy Commission to assess the state’s current electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and determine how many more stations will be needed in the future. The assessment will be used to identify where there are deficiencies across the state.

“More Californians would buy clean cars if there were more charging stations,” said Ting, author of AB 2127. “We need a clearer picture of where we are today, so we can build-out our charging infrastructure in a way that incentivizes greater EV adoption.”

The transportation sector accounts for nearly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions, and ZEVs are crucial to reducing air pollution. To accelerate improvements in air quality, Governor Brown signed Executive Order B-48-18 earlier this year, which set the goal of five million clean cars on the road in California by 2030. But the state’s EV charging infrastructure is lagging and continues to be one of the greatest barriers to widespread consumer adoption of this clean technology. The installation of more charging stations is imperative if California is to reach its 2030 target and support an increase in EVs.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Ting Bill Helping San Francisco Raise Revenues from TNCs to Fund Transportation Infrastructure Heads to the GovernorSan Francisco could make significant investments to its transportation infrastructure under a proposal the state Legislature sent to the Governor today. AB 1184 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) affirms San Francisco’s authority to dedicate a tax on Transportation Network Company (TNC) rides to fund critical transportation projects. There is an estimated $22 billion funding gap to meet city and regional transportation needs through 2045.

“As San Francisco’s economy grows, the city must be able to move its people around safely - but current funding streams can’t keep up with the need,” said Ting. “AB 1184 will allow the city to raise the revenue it needs to help fund improvements to roads, bike lanes, public transit, and more, and demonstrates that the best solutions often arise when local leaders from both the public and private sector come up with a solution together.”

“TNCs are a critical part of our transportation system,” said Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), principal co-author of the legislation. “They expand people’s ability to get around without owning a car. AB 1184 helps ensure that TNCs participate in funding our overall transit system.”

“This bill gives San Franciscans the opportunity to provide additional resources to our underfunded transit system,” said Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), a joint author of AB 1184. “TNCs have become a part of everyday mobility and it makes sense for them to help take on our transportation challenges.”