Phil Ting

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Phil Ting
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Member of the California State Assembly
from the 19th district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded byFiona Ma (redistricted)
Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco
In office
July 15, 2005 – December 3, 2012
Preceded byMabel Teng
Succeeded byCarmen Chu
Personal details
Born
Philip Yu-Li Ting

(1969-02-09) February 9, 1969 (age 53)
Torrance, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseSusan Sun
Residence(s)San Francisco, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley (BA)
Harvard Kennedy School (MA)
ProfessionFinancial advisor
Websiteasmdc.org/members/a19/
Chinese name
Chinese

Philip Yu-Li Ting (born February 9, 1969) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 19th Assembly District, which encompasses western San Francisco and northwestern San Mateo County. Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2012, he was the Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco.

Career[edit]

Ting began his career as a real estate financial adviser at Arthur Andersen and CB Richard Ellis. He also previously served as the executive director of the Asian Law Caucus, as the president of the Bay Area Assessors Association, and on the board of Equality California.[1]

Assessor-Recorder[edit]

In 2005, Ting was appointed San Francisco Assessor-Recorder in 2005 by Mayor Gavin Newsom, becoming San Francisco’s highest-ranking Chinese-American official at the time. He was then elected to the post in November 2005, garnering 58 percent of the vote.[2]

As Assessor-Recorder, Ting cleared a five-year assessment backlog, which resulted in the collection of more than $200 million in unpaid property taxes.[3] In February 2012, Ting commissioned the country’s first real study of mortgage fraud that spurred national action,[4] uncovering "widespread mortgage industry irregularity" in San Francisco foreclosures.[5]

Specifically, Ting commissioned an audit of nearly 400 homes in the city that had been foreclosed upon in 2009-2011. The results of the audit, which demonstrated that more than 80% of the sampled foreclosures contained at least one clear legal violation, provided documented support for the state legislature to push for increased oversight of the mortgage industry.[6]

Ting was re-elected Assessor-Recorder in 2006 and 2010.[7]

California State Assembly[edit]

A Democrat, Ting represents the state's 19th District, which includes the west side of San Francisco, in addition to Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City, and South San Francisco.[1] Ting is currently Chair of the Assembly Committee on Budget and is first Asian-American to hold the position. He is also the Chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, Chair of Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 6 on Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation, Chair of the Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion, and is a member of the Committee on Business and Professions, the Committee on Utilities and Energy. He previously served as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation and Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus.[1]

2013-2014 session[edit]

On his first day in office Ting was appointed to the Assembly Leadership, being named the Democratic Caucus chair by Speaker John Perez.[8]

During his first term in the Assembly, Ting authored a law that helped set into motion the transformation of Piers 30-32 into what would become Chase Center the home of the Golden State Warriors.[9] He also helped protect seniors by enabling local governments access to state funds to make pedestrian crossing safer near senior centers.[10]

In 2014 Speaker Toni Atkins appointed Ting to Chair the Revenue and Taxation Committee.[11] In 2014, Ting announced his support for a $100 million property tax-break for large corporations in San Francisco's Mid-Market District.[12]

2015-2016 session[edit]

In 2015 Ting authored legislation that was signed into law which ensured free pedestrian and bicycle crossing of the Golden Gate Bridge,[13] and a created an incentive program to double the amount of food assistance benefits Californians receive if they purchase California grown fresh fruits, nuts, and vegetables.[14]

In 2016 Ting was appointed Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee by Speaker Rendon. Ting’s appointment was historic as he was the first Asian Pacific Islander to Chair the Assembly’s Budget Committee.[15]

He also successfully authored a number of new laws including; requiring single occupancy restrooms to be designated as gender neutral restrooms.[16] This received praise and condemnation from around the country as transgender individuals' use of public facilities including restrooms and locker rooms became a partisan issue.[17]

Ting also authored a bill to expand the list of individuals who could petition for a Gun Violence Restraining Order, to help increase their use, however it was vetoed by Governor Brown.[18]

2017-2018 session[edit]

In 2017 Ting secured $10 million in the State Budget to create an additional Homeless Navigation Center in San Francisco.[19]

In 2018 Ting passed legislation[20] to protect minority communities by setting minimum standards for law enforcement hate crime policies, protected renters by requiring landlords to accept payments by third-parties, gave hope to inmates serving long sentences by allowing prosecutors an avenue to recommend the re-sentencing of inmates who have been rehabilitated, increased accountability of law enforcement by requiring public disclosure of body camera footage, and supported California’s transition to EV’s by requiring the California Energy Commission to study EV infrastructure needs.[21]

Ting also reintroduced his bill to expand the list of individuals who could petition for a Gun Violence Restraining Order, however it was again vetoed by Governor Brown.[22]

2019-2020 session[edit]

In 2019 Ting also took action when the California Redemption Value (CRV) program virtually shuttered around the state, first by securing $5 million in the State Budget to support 400 low-volume recycling centers, and then by creating a mobile recycling pilot program to replace the hundreds of closed redemption sites around the state.[23]

Ting also responded to the Operation Varsity Blues college admissions scandal by authoring a law to require colleges to disclose preferential admissions practices to the State.[24]

In 2020 Ting wrote laws which increased housing across California. One law prevents Homeowner’s Association from prohibiting rentals, while another allows cities and counties to declare “shelter crisis” to suspend regulatory hurdles to building emergency housing and safe parking programs.[25]

He also authored a law directed at creating green jobs in the state, by redirecting state budget funds to help public schools replace HVAC and plumbing, and requiring the California Public Utilities Commission to act on pending electronic vehicle infrastructure applications.[26]

2021-2022 session[edit]

In 2021, Ting as the Assembly Budget Chair partnered with legislators and the Governor to take early budget action in February to help renters/small businesses and send qualified Californians $600 in relief checks to respond to the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.[27]

Ting and the AAPI Legislative Caucus successfully got the $166.5 million API Equity Budget included in the state spending plan, bolstering resources and services for victims of hate against Asian American/Pacific Islander communities, while also investing in cultural institutions that promote greater understanding.[28]

Ting was able to get numerous pieces of legislation enacted include banning harmful PFAS chemicals from food packaging[29] and authorizing a pilot program for San Francisco to pay jurors more to see if that resulted in more diverse juries.[30] Ting attempted to decriminalize jaywalking, motivated by the understanding that the expensive citations disproportionately impacted people of color, but it was vetoed by the Governor.[31]

In 2022, Ting led the Assembly Budget Committee through another budget surplus, crafting a historic state budget; with the centerpiece of the spending plan was tax rebates to fight inflation.[32] Because of the mass shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde and Highland Park, the Legislature acted early to pass Ting’s AB 1594, which holds the gun industry accountable for the harm their products cause, allowing private citizens, the state Attorney General and local governments to sue firearms manufacturers and retailers when break California’s strict gun laws.[33] Under Ting and Senate Budget Chair Nancy Skinner, lawmakers also took quick action when faced with an enrollment freeze at UC Berkeley, after neighbors sued under CEQA to stop enrollment growth authorized and funded under the state budget.[34]

Electoral History[edit]

Mayoral Election[edit]

Ting ran in the San Francisco Mayoral election of 2011 but was defeated by incumbent Mayor Ed Lee. Ting set a California record for highest campaign expenditures per vote after spending $500,000 on his 2011 campaign for San Francisco Mayor only to finish in 12th place.[35][36][37] The majority of the money came from the city's public campaign financing system which provided Ting's campaign with over $300,000.[36]

2012 California State Assembly[edit]

In 2012, he was elected to the California State Assembly, comfortably defeating fellow Democrat Michael Breyer, son of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

California State Assembly election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Phil Ting 38,432 56.4
Democratic Michael Breyer 14,991 22.0
Republican Matthew Del Carlo 11,646 17.1
Democratic James Pan 3,075 4.5
Total votes 68,144 100.0
General election
Democratic Phil Ting 92,858 58.4
Democratic Michael Breyer 66,200 41.6
Total votes 159,058 100.0
Democratic hold

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 19th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 45,103 77.6
Republican Rene Pineda 12,985 22.4
Total votes 58,088 100.0
General election
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 81,103 77.0
Republican Rene Pineda 24,170 23.0
Total votes 105,273 100.0
Democratic hold

2016 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 19th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 95,046 83.6
Republican Carlos "Chuck" Taylor 18,686 16.4
Democratic Daniel C. Kappler (write-in) 22 0.0
Total votes 113,754 100.0
General election
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 150,052 80.1
Republican Carlos "Chuck" Taylor 37,180 19.9
Total votes 187,232 100.0
Democratic hold

2018 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 19th State Assembly district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 86,304 80.5
Republican Keith Bogdon 16,785 15.7
No party preference David Ernst 4,084 3.8
Total votes 107,173 100.0
General election
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 154,705 83.7
Republican Keith Bogdon 30,049 16.3
Total votes 184,754 100.0
Democratic hold

2020 California State Assembly[edit]

2020 California's 19th State Assembly district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 111,464 82.0
Republican John Mcdonnell 24,530 18.0
Total votes 135,994 100.0
General election
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 175,858 77.6
Republican John Mcdonnell 50,846 22.4
Total votes 226,704 100.0
Democratic hold

Personal life[edit]

Ting lives in San Francisco's Sunset District with his wife and their two daughters.[38] His parents are immigrants from Taiwan.[39]

On June 20, 2020, Ting admitted to having a "years-long" affair with Carmel Foster, a domestic worker whom he had met through a dating website. Foster had previously testified before the California State Assembly in favor of AB-5, a bill which Ting supported. Ting later released a statement denying that the affair had any influence on his voting record.[40]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Biography - Assemblymember Phil Ting Representing the 19th California Assembly District". asmdc.org. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  2. ^ "RCV Assessor Nov 2005 | Department of Elections". sfgov.org. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "The State's Only Happy Tax Man - The Bay Citizen". July 14, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2016 – via The Bay Citizen.
  4. ^ Pelosi, Speier Request Justice Department Examination into Possible Violations of Federal Law in San Francisco Foreclosures – Rep. Pelosi. Pelosi.house.gov (2012-02-17). Retrieved on 2012-03-23.
  5. ^ "Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting Uncovers Widespread Mortgage Industry Irregularity in San Francisco Foreclosures | HomeownershipSF.org". www.homeownershipsf.org. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  6. ^ Morgenson, Gretchen (February 15, 2012). "California Audit Finds Broad Irregularities in Foreclosures". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  7. ^ "November 2, 2010 - Consolidated General Election". www.sfelections.org. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  8. ^ "Newly Sworn in Assemblymember Phil Ting Chosen for Leadership Position | Official Website - Assemblymember Phil Ting Representing the 19th California Assembly District".
  9. ^ "Ting Legislation on Piers 30-32 Restoration & Warriors SF Arena Plan Signed by Governor | Official Website - Assemblymember Phil Ting Representing the 19th California Assembly District".
  10. ^ "California Streets Safer for Senior Pedestrians Under Ting Bill Signed by Governor | Official Website - Assemblymember Phil Ting Representing the 19th California Assembly District".
  11. ^ "Ting named chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation | Official Website - Assemblymember Phil Ting Representing the 19th California Assembly District".
  12. ^ "Twitter Tax Break is Target in San Francisco Income War". Bloomberg.com. April 3, 2014.
  13. ^ "Bill Text - AB-40 Toll bridges: Pedestrians and bicycles".
  14. ^ "Bill Text - AB-1321 Nutrition Incentive Matching Grant Program".
  15. ^ "Ting Tapped to Chair the CA State Assembly Budget Committee | Official Website - Assemblymember Phil Ting Representing the 19th California Assembly District".
  16. ^ "Calif. makes gender neutral bathrooms mandatory". WFTX. May 9, 2016.
  17. ^ "California Adopts Groundbreaking All-Gender Restroom Access Law". www.advocate.com. September 29, 2016.
  18. ^ "Bill Text - AB-2607 Firearm restraining orders".
  19. ^ "$10 million from state will fund new SF Navigation Center". July 20, 2017.
  20. ^ "Several Ting Bills to Become California State Law on January 1 | Official Website - Assemblymember Phil Ting Representing the 19th California Assembly District".
  21. ^ "Governor Signs Ting Bill That Paves the Way for More Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in California | Official Website - Assemblymember Phil Ting Representing the 19th California Assembly District".
  22. ^ "Bill Text - AB-2888 Gun violence restraining orders".
  23. ^ "Emergency Recycling Fix by Ting Signed by the Governor | Official Website - Assemblymember Phil Ting Representing the 19th California Assembly District".
  24. ^ "California's First College Admissions Reform Bill Sent to the Governor is Signed | Official Website - Assemblymember Phil Ting Representing the 19th California Assembly District".
  25. ^ "Ting's Proposals to Increase State's Housing Supply & Shelter Capacity Signed by the Governor | Official Website - Assemblymember Phil Ting Representing the 19th California Assembly District".
  26. ^ "Ting's Green Jobs Bill Helping California's Recovery Signed by the Governor | Official Website - Assemblymember Phil Ting Representing the 19th California Assembly District".
  27. ^ "Newsom Signs Economic Relief Package, Sending $600 Stimulus Payments To Low-Income Californians". CapRadio News.
  28. ^ "Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Equity budget". California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.
  29. ^ "California Leaders Approve Bill to Ban PFAS in Paper-Based Food Packaging". NRDC.
  30. ^ "SF welcomes pilot program that increases pay to low-income jurors". San Francisco Examiner.
  31. ^ "Newsom vetoes jaywalking bill aimed at easing fines, targeted enforcement". Los Angeles Times. October 9, 2021.
  32. ^ "New State Budget Includes Tax Rebates to Fight Inflation". San Francisco Bay Times. July 28, 2022.
  33. ^ "Gavin Newsom signs new gun-control law allowing lawsuits against firearm manufacturers".
  34. ^ "Lawmakers unveil rescue effort to help UC Berkeley avoid enrollment cuts after court battle". Los Angeles Times. March 11, 2022.
  35. ^ "Losing San Francisco mayoral candidate spent $510 per vote - The San Diego Union-Tribune". February 28, 2012.
  36. ^ a b "SHOCK: Losing Mayoral Candidate Spent HOW Much per Vote?". HuffPost. February 28, 2012.
  37. ^ "Public financing a major player in mayor's race". November 13, 2011.
  38. ^ About Phil Ting. Reset San Francisco. Retrieved on 2012-03-23.
  39. ^ Julie Cart (February 20, 2020). "California's Phil Ting tilts at windmills — ban gas-powered cars! — hoping to start a conversation". CalMatters. His parents fled political instability in their native Taiwan, arriving in California and starting a family.
  40. ^ "Assemblyman Phil Ting admits to having an affair, denies influence over legislation". The Mercury News. June 21, 2020. Archived from the original on June 30, 2020. Retrieved June 21, 2020.open access

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