Scott Wiener is a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing the Castro, Noe Valley, Glen Park, the Duboce Triangle, Diamond Heights and many other neighborhoods. You can learn more about his latest work below.
Our city's streetlights have suffered from neglect and underfunding for years. Part of this stems from our system that divides ownership and maintenance responsibilities between the City and PG&E. This leads to overlap and insufficient coordination. I've introduced a City Streetlight Policy that will establish clear city policies like switching to LED lighting, creating pedestrian scale lighting, and establishing a requirement that burned out streetlights be fixed within 48 hours.
Legislation will make it city policy to develop pedestrian lighting standards, establish more efficient and responsive repair practices, transition to LED lighting, and develop a single, city-owned streetlight program, with the City acquiring PG&E's streetlights
San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation setting policies and standards for the city's struggling streetlight system. Currently, a portion of San Francisco's streetlights are owned by the City's Public Utilities Commission and a portion by PG&E, a private utility.
Preserving our building stock and keeping people safe when - not if but when - the next earthquake hits must be a top priority here at City Hall. This includes our private schools, which educate 1/3 of our city's children. The Mayor has moved forward with legislation -- which I have co-sponsored -- that will require private schools to undergo a seismic evaluation within the next three years, so that the city and the schools will have a better understanding of what, if any work, needs to be done to improve the safety of these schools.
Producing new housing and seismically strengthening our existing housing stock are two pressing priorities for our city. To address both these issues, I am introducing legislation to allow in the construction of new in-law units in buildings undergoing seismic retrofits. This will provide a financial benefit to building owners going through our mandatory soft-story retrofit program, as well as encourage them to do more robust retrofits.
Legislation will allow construction of new in-law units in buildings undergoing either mandatory or voluntary soft-story seismic retrofits, which will incentivize creation of new housing as well as seismic upgrades
San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation at the Board of Supervisors allowing the construction of new in-law units in buildings that are undergoing either mandatory or voluntary soft-story seismic retrofits. Adding new in-law units to a building while it is being retrofitted will be efficient and cost-effective for property owners by combin
Having your car stolen is a painful process, and the city is not making it any easier on victims by making them pay large fees when these stolen cars are towed. These fees are set in a contract between MTA and Auto Return -- the private entity that runs the tow yards. This contract is up for renegotiation in 2015, so I have called for an oversight hearing now to explore how MTA, SFPD and Auto Return handle stolen vehicles and what we can do to make this process less onerous on victims of car thefts.
Today I attended the unveiling ceremony of the new Rainbow Honor Walk on Castro Street, which recognizes 20 amazing LGBT leaders with sidewalk plaques. Famous LGBT icons like Oscar Wilde and Frida Kahlo and local heroes like Tom Waddell and Randy Shilts will now grace our iconic boulevard. This new walk of fame -- which will eventually be extended down Market Street to Octavia -- is a wonderful celebration of our LGBT community.
You've probably noticed over the past week that Muni's light rail system has been functioning even worse than normal. The fundamental problem with the light rail system is that we don't have enough vehicles. Muni didn't order enough in the 1990s, and because the light rail vehicles (LRVs) have serious defects and are now old, they break down too much, with few if any replacement vehicles available. This week saw a higher than normal failure rate, including mechanical failures and accidents, in addition to the Giants playing at home all week.
During our ongoing drought, we need to ensure we are effectively managing our limited water supply. We also need to look at possible legislative solutions that we can undertake as a city to improve how we conserve and use water, such as requiring separate water meters in new buildings, instead of the current situation where multiple units rely on a single water meter and thus have no idea of individual water usage. To address these two issues -- water usage practices and legislative solutions -- I've called for a hearing at the Board of Supervisors, which will take place in September.
Achieving a more sustainable San Francisco means a city running on clean power. It also means maintaining our infrastructure to keep San Francisco functioning. Right now, our city can do better on both fronts, and the legislation we are sponsoring will help move us in the right direction by increasing our use of clean, hydro-electric power while generating more revenue for infrastructure investment in our streetlight and power systems.