(KTSF by Sean Au)
San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting will be running to represent the 12th District of the state assembly in 2012. District 12 consists of the western and southern part of San Francisco and the northern portion of San Mateo, which includes Daly City and Colma. This seat is currently held by Fiona Ma who will be termed out at the end of next year.
Phil Ting tells KTSF that his election platform will focus on three issues: jobs, education and environment protection.
Phil Ting explains that the ChinaSF program which he helped to establish, has attracted 13 Chinese companies to invest in San Francisco. This has brought about 150 jobs. Ting hopes to expand this idea to the state level.
On education, Ting compares California’s state funding of $9,000 for every student a year to that of New York’s, which is double that of our state. Ting says, “We hope to find a new way to increase funding for schools, from K-12 to our Cal and CSU universities. I feel that education is the most important issue in California.”
Ting also hopes to expand the City’s SolarSF program statewide. Under the City’s program, home owners who install solar panels on their roofs can get a $6,000 rebate.
Since voters passed Proposition 14 last year, in the primaries next June, the two highest vote getters, who may come from the same party, will square off in November in a runoff election.
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