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.
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Board President David Chiu and I held a hearing this week on the city's street tree relinquishment program, which has resulted in the city transferring ownership of thousands of trees to private property owners. This flawed program shifts the care of our city-planted trees onto property owners who didn't plant the trees and may not know how to take care of them. We need to find a sustainable funding source for the city to take care of our street trees to keep them healthy and thriving.
Currently, when a car that has been reported stolen is found on the street, the San Francisco Police Department will call the owner and give him or her 20 minutes to come retrieve the car. If the owner of the car doesn't respond, the car is towed, which can subject victims of car thefts to expensive towing costs. I held a hearing at the Board of Supervisors to discuss this issue, and to explore what policy changes can be instituted when the city contracted towing company -- Auto Return -- negotiates to renew their contract next year.
Resolution introduced today would have San Francisco join statewide good government group working to replace privately-owned, "black box" software voting systems with publicly-viewable and shareable open source technology
San Francisco- At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a resolution calling for San Francisco to join the California Association of Voting Officials (CAVO), an organization formed to push for the creation of free, open source voting systems for elections.
Safe and livable streets start with smart street design reflecting the needs of all users. Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved my legislation to adopt the official street design policies of the National Association of County Transportation Officials (NACTO). For San Francisco to have a more sustainable future, we need an environment that encourages and allows people to safely and enjoyably walk, bike, and use transit, in addition to driving.
Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to adopt the assessment district for the Transbay Transit District. As part of the creation of the Transbay Transit District - with massive up-zoning of heights - the developers in the district agreed to, and are required to, participate in an assessment district through which the developers pay impact fees to help fund both the transit center and the train extension.
Pink Saturday is an important event that should be a celebration of the Castro neighborhood and the LGBT community. However, over the last few years we have encountered significant challenges, including bouts of violence that have marred the festival. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have done a tremendous job managing the event in the past, but they are understandably frustrated with the current state of Pink Saturday.
Hearing will focus on light rail vehicle shortage and lack of reliability, as well as Muni's plans to keep these vehicles running until the arrival of the next generation of light rail vehicles
San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for a hearing on the state of Muni's light rail vehicles (LRVs) - including the existing vehicle shortage and lack of reliability - as well as Muni's plans to keep the light rail fleet viable and improve reliability over the next number of years through the arrival of the new Siemens light rail vehicles.
Street design is an important part of ensuring we have livable streets in San Francisco. The National Association of City Transportation Officials (which our own MTA head Ed Reiskin is the current President of) is an organization that brings together the transportation departments of cities all across the country to share ideas on transportation ideas and best practices. Their official guidelines put forward are the embodiment of progressive transportation policies.
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.