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Assembly Passes Ting Bill Transforming Ridesharing to On-Demand Carpooling

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(San Francisco, CA) –  The California State Assembly passed legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to enable transportation network companies (TNCs) - like Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar - to charge split and reduced fares between multiple passengers with similar pickup locations and destinations.

Assembly Bill (AB) 1360 passed with a 69-0 vote and passes to the State Senate for further review.

“With climate change accelerating, we must take a hard look at transportation because it is the largest single source of emissions,” said Ting.  “We have long encouraged public transit and carpooling to reduce traffic and air pollution.  Extending the environmental mindset to ridesharing requires changing a fifty year old law.  That’s what this is all about.”

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Assembly Passes Ting Bill Requiring Multi-lingual Prescription Drug Information

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(San Francisco, CA) –  The California State Assembly passed legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) that will help 6.5 million Californians with limited English proficiency to understand their medications by requiring pharmacists to distribute standardized translations of drug information materials.

Ting’s Assembly Bill (AB) 1073 passed 74-0 and moves to the State Senate for further review.

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Ting Comments on Governor’s May Budget Proposal

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement about Governor Jerry Brown’s May budget proposal, which is available online at http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/.

“California’s growing economy and voter-approved taxes create exciting opportunities to make California a much better place, notably by investing more in the education our children deserve.  After bearing the weight of so many budget cuts, the poorest among us finally get a break with the Governor’s proposal to create an equivalent to the federal earned income tax credit.  It is also exciting to see an unprecedented commitment to confront climate change.  There are some disagreements we must bridge to complete this budget.  We want more of our hardworking students to receive a world class education through our public universities.  The persistent problem of access to higher education must be resolved.  We also want to see more help for working parents who need childcare.  Both are critical investments to ensure that a more prosperous future is in reach for all Californians.”

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Legislature Recognizes Distinguished Individuals in Observing API Heritage Month

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(Sacramento, CA) – The Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Caucus of the California State Legislature celebrated the accomplishments of 5 distinguished individuals today in a ceremony at the State Capitol observing the month of May as API Heritage Month.

“Our honorees have made incredible contributions to our state,” said Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Vice Chair of the API Caucus. “Despite having endured unjust working conditions and discrimination, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have demonstrated incredible leadership in every endeavor. Today was a wonderful opportunity to recognize the history and accomplishments of our diverse community.”

The 2015 honorees include the following.

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Students and Educators Rally at State Capitol Behind Ting's Community College Reforms

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(Sacramento, CA) –  Students and teachers from across California rallied at the State Capitol to urge the State Assembly Committee on Higher Education to pass legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to reform the accreditation process affecting California’s 112 community colleges serving 2.1 million students.

Inspired by systematic abuses of power from our accreditor – the San Rafael-based Accreditation Commission on Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) – both reform bills impose new standards for accountability in accreditation.

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Ting Legislation Enables Ridesharing Transformation to On-demand Carpooling

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(San Francisco, CA) –  Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) announced new legislation to enable transportation network companies (TNCs) - like Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar - to charge split and reduced fares between multiple passengers with similar pickup locations and destinations.

Ting announced the bill at the San Francisco Caltrain Station, where over 12,000 people arrive daily, in order to highlight how on-demand carpooling services can work in tandem with public transportation.  The bill faces its first vote today in the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce.

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Ting Announces Bill Requiring Multi-lingual Prescription Drug Information

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(San Francisco, CA) –  Flanked by health care advocates at a Sunset District center specializing in care for Chinese-speaking seniors, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) announced new legislation helping 6.5 million Californians with limited English proficiency to understand their medications by requiring pharmacists to distribute standardized translations of drug information materials.

“Healthcare access requires effective communication between patients and the medical professionals treating them,” said Ting.  “Failure to understand prescriptions causes preventable tragedies.  By ensuring that all patients understand their medications, we will save lives and improve healthcare for millions of Californians.”

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Ting Announces Open Data Bill During “Sunshine Week”

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Bill creates new standard for government transparency and accountability

(Sacramento, CA) –  Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) announced legislation to make California a leader in open data at a Data Summit organized by California Forward, a government reform non-profit organization, which convened leading government transparency tool developers.  Ting’s objective is to make more information about our state government freely available for everyone to access, analyze, and republish without restrictions.

“We know open data leads to more accountability and efficiency,” said Ting.  “As the home of Silicon Valley, California should be an open data leader.  We have seen how open data works in communities across the state, especially San Francisco.  Data crunching technology is readily available and inexpensive, making it easier than ever for citizens to assess the performance of their government.  We must seize the potential of the next frontier in open government.”

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Ting Honors SF Solar Pioneer As Woman Of The Year

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(SACRAMENTO, CA)  Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) honored Jeanine Cotter of San Francisco as Woman of the Year.  Cotter is co-founder and President of Luminalt, San Francisco’s only solar contractor certified as a Women Business Enterprise.
Jeanine Cotter
“Clean energy is the cause of our generation and Jeanine is one of the industry’s leading experts,” said Ting.  “Her commitment to social and environmental change in business has resulted in good inner city jobs and clean energy in our community.  By building a company with these values, she’s demonstrated in typical San Francisco fashion that you can profit while making the world a better place.”

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Ting Comments on New UC Enrollment Caps

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), a member of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement from Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California, that new California student enrollment would be capped. Napolitano also proposed a cap on out of state students at two campuses, while increasing out of state enrollment.

“I am greatly concerned about the path the University of California continues to pursue. It will be admitting 2,000 more out of state students in the coming months at the expense of California students, who will not see any increase in enrollment opportunities. UC needs more resources and the Speaker’s proposal does just that, but not at the expense of California students who have paid for the bulk of increased UC expenses in recent years. California’s higher education system is the envy of the rest of the world. It is one of the main reasons why our economy is the eighth largest in the world. We need to reinvest in higher education but not on the backs of California students and their families. I look forward to identifying solutions that increase access to a UC education for California students while containing costs.”

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