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Renters’ Rebate Bill Passes Key Assembly Committee

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A bill to provide for a renters’ rebate for low-income California tenants passed a key committee earlier today. Co-sponsored by Tenants Together, the bill addresses a central demand of the Renters’ Day of Action held in Sacramento earlier this year. The bill is co-authored by Assembly Members Phil Ting (D – San Francisco) and Tom Daly (D – Anaheim). 

The bill comes on the heels of a report by the California Housing Partnership showing that rents surged 20% statewide from 2000-2012, while median income fell by 8%. Cost-burdened renters are struggling and need help. At the hearing, speakers emphasized the need for greater equity, as homeowners currently receive a range of tax advantages, while renters receive virtually nothing.

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Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll

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The .45-caliber pistol that killed Lucas Heagren, 3, on Memorial Day last year at his Ohio home had been temporarily hidden under the couch by his father. But Lucas found it and shot himself through the right eye. “It’s bad,” his mother told the 911 dispatcher. “It’s really bad.”

A few days later in Georgia, Cassie Culpepper, 11, was riding in the back of a pickup with her 12-year-old brother and two other children. Her brother started playing with a pistol his father had lent him to scare coyotes. Believing he had removed all the bullets, he pointed the pistol at his sister and squeezed the trigger. It fired, and blood poured from Cassie’s mouth.

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California needs more interpreters for patients

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Within minutes of the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash in July, San Francisco General Hospital administrators knew they needed language translation services to help victims of this horrific accident. The hospital's medical staff put out the call for anyone who could interpret, and hospital personnel were able to communicate with the injured by asking Korean-speaking staff to double as interpreters. These patients were fortunate that San Francisco General found enough medical interpreters, but the unfortunate truth is that access to translation services is a major gap in our health care throughout the state.

According to the 2010 U.S. census, more than 6.5 million residents of California, 1 out of every 5, speak English "less than very well." They frequently experience problems related to understanding their physician or other health care provider. Lack of proper interpreter services can have dire, even tragic, consequences. In one survey, almost half of the physicians were familiar with incidents in which quality of care was compromised by language barriers.

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Proposed Law Could Deliver Major Boost to Urban Agriculture in California

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Bill would give property tax breaks to landowners who lease their parcels to urban farmers

Small-scale farming isn’t easy. The prices farmers receive for their goods are often low, the margins are tight, the days are long, and the chores never-ending. For farmers who don’t own their own property, land insecurity compounds financial instability. It’s tough to really dig in if you don’t know how long you can stay on the piece you’re farming.

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Ting Proposes Legislation To Provide Tax Relief For Same Sex Couples

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State Assemblyman Phil Ting announced legislation today that would provide tax relief for people in same-sex relationships who receive health care benefits from their partner.

Currently, health benefits in same-sex partnerships are taxed by the federal government as income, although some California companies reimburse that tax to their employees.

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Two lawmakers would require California gun owners to buy insurance

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Gun owners in California would have to buy liability insurance to cover any damage caused by their firearms under legislation proposed Tuesday by two state lawmakers.

AB 231 was introduced by Democratic Assemblymen Jimmy Gomez of Echo Park and Phil Ting of San Francisco in the wake of the killing of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

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SF Assemblyman Ting Introduces Bills On Gun Liability, Buyback Programs

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State Assemblymen Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, and Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, introduced legislation today that would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance.

Assembly Bill 231 would require the owners to cover damages incurred from incidents stemming from their firearms.

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Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, introduced legislation that would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance

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SACRAMENTO, CA (BCN) - State Assemblymen Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, and Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, introduced legislation today that would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance.

Assembly Bill 231 would require the owners to cover damages incurred from incidents stemming from their firearms.

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City College of San Francisco Encouraging Enrollment Despite Accreditation Flap

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – City College of San Francisco stakeholders joined in solidarity Thursday to call on students to continue enrolling at the school despite accreditation concerns that could lead to its closure.

State Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, convened the meeting with representatives from the school’s administration, faculty, students and other groups associated with City College, which is facing a looming deadline set by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

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New San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting quickly joins party leadership

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Assemblyman Phil Ting is part of the largest field of new state lawmakers since 1966. But when he was named to one of the Assembly’s top leadership posts on the first day of his term, it was a sign that San Francisco’s outgoing assessor-recorder is determined to stand out in Sacramento.

Ting, the new Democratic Caucus chairman, succeeds termed-out Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, who left office as the Assembly speaker pro tempore. With Ma’s departure, San Francisco’s future clout in the body rides on Ting, who could serve up to 12 years in the Assembly under the state’s revised term limit rules.

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