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Ting Announces Reforms Based On City College Trial To Protect Education Funds

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(San Francisco, CA) - Flanked by faculty and students from City College of San Francisco (CCSF), Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) announced that he will push reforms to prohibit the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) from charging community colleges additional fees in order to finance its growing legal bills.

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Ting Urges Golden Gate Bridge Agency to "Stop the fee, Keep it free"

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San Francisco, CA – In a letter released today, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D - San Francisco) urged the Golden Gate Bridge District Board of Directors to reject a proposal to consider charging people to walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge.  Ting, whose Assembly District encompasses the Golden Gate, said it was a bad idea that should be defeated.  A copy of Ting's letter is below.

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Ting Comments on Sale of Non-Profit Hospitals to Prime Healthcare

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement about the sale of non-profit hospitals run by the Daughters of Charity to Prime Healthcare.  Three of the hospitals in question serve residents of the Bay Area: Seton Medical Center in Daly City, Seton Coastside in Moss Beach, and O’Connor Hospital in San Jose.  Ting’s statement follows.

“There are red flags that we will have to monitor to protect the community.  The sale of these hospitals comes with a change in mission away from serving working families, which could result in profits having greater priority than people.  And, this change comes at a challenging time just as we are getting more Californians enrolled in healthcare through Covered California.  The concern may become that residents have coverage but they cannot access healthcare services in Northern San Mateo County.  It is getting harder and harder for working people to make a home in the Bay Area.  We have seen the housing market drive working families from their homes and I hope this trend is not accelerated by today’s sale.”

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Brown Signs Bill to Protect Minority Rights from Discriminatory Ballot Initiatives

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, strengthening minority rights to challenge state and local ballot initiatives that deny their ability to equally impact the political process.

Ting’s Assembly Bill (AB) 2646 extends structural equal protection, a principle established by the United States Supreme Court, to California law.  It will enable minorities to challenge discriminatory laws on the basis that they restructure the political process in ways making it inherently more difficult to enact future policy changes on issues of primary concern to them.

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Brown Signs Bill Bringing Financial Aid To Thousands Of College Students

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, simplifying the Cal Grant application process in order to help thousands of high performing students from low income families receive financial aid for college.

"Today's action restores fairness to our state's largest financial aid program," said Ting."These reforms make it easier for students to apply for aid by streamlining the application process. All qualified students must get the aid and the education they deserve. By making the program operate more efficiently, we can prevent thousands of students from falling through the cracks and take pride in positioning them for greater success in life."

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Gov. Brown Signs Bill To Expand Affordable Housing Construction

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) –Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, to prioritize affordable housing construction on surplus lands owned by local governments.

"The lack of affordable housing is changing the identity of our communities," said Ting. "San Francisco is ground zero for working people being driven from their homes. Now, we have more tools available to confront this exodus by making it easier to develop surplus lands owned by local governments into affordable housing."

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TING PRAISES NEW SISTER STATE AGREEMENT WITH CHINA’S GUANDONG PROVINCE

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Jerry Brown announced a sister state/province relationship yesterday between the State of California and China’s Guandong Province. Among other goals, the agreement calls for the growth of trade and investment as well as stronger ties in science and technology, low-carbon development, environmental conservation, clean energy, education, and cultural exchange. Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion, released the following statement about the agreement.

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GOV. BROWN SIGNS BILL TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF LIMITED ENGLISH SPEAKERS

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GOV. BROWN SIGNS BILL TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF LIMITED ENGLISH SPEAKERS

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, to protect the rights of Californians with limited English proficiency by strengthening how they can report language barrier problems with state government.

“All Californians deserve to be part of our civic process whether they speak English or not,” said Ting. “By creating better ways for state agencies to be held accountable for their treatment of English language learners, we can better protect the rights of all Californians. Unfortunately, language barriers are so pervasive now that many Californians cannot even articulate when problems exist.”

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Gov. Brown Signs Ting Bill to Improve Healthcare for Limited English Speakers

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, to help California provide culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare to millions of Californians with limited English language skills.

“This is a great victory to ensure that language access does not become an obstacle to health care access,” said Ting.  “Health care access depends on the ability to communicate with care providers.  Now, we will have the tools we need to identify and resolve communication barriers so that our medical professionals can communicate in the languages of our communities.”

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Gov. Brown Signs Landmark Syringe Access Reform

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) –Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation yesterday authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, to help prevent syringe sharing, a leading cause for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, by allowing adults to purchase an unlimited number of syringes at pharmacies without a prescription.

“It has taken many years to win this fight but California will finally start treating syringe access as a public health issue,” said Ting.  "We dithered while the rest of the nation aggressively expanded access to save lives and tax dollars.  That makes this victory both exciting and overdue.  This is a landmark reform for California.”

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