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.
Ordinance grants the SF Public Utilities Commission the first right of refusal to provide clean, hydroelectric Hetch Hetchy power to new public and private developments, which will increase clean energy distribution and allow for enhanced infrastructure investment for the nearly $900 million
San Francisco, CA - Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Wiener's legislation to increase the electric customer base for San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission by granting the PUC the right of first refusal to provide hydroelectric, greenhouse gas free power to private developments.
Today my legislation to strengthen San Francisco's public power system and provide revenue for infrastructure needs like streetlights will be up for a vote at the Board of Supervisors. This legislation will increase the electric customer base for San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission by granting the PUC the right of first refusal to provide hydroelectric, greenhouse gas free power to private developments. An expanded PUC customer base will bring in more revenue for San Francisco's aging public power infrastructure needs which has over $900 million in deferred maintenance.
Our urban forest is a vital part of our city, but we have done a poor job of investing in this important asset. Our current policy of transferring ownership of street trees to private property owners who didn't plant the trees, didn't ask to take care of the trees and might not have the capacity or financial means to take care of our trees is endangering our urban forest and our streets. Just last week, four trees fell down on a single day, including one that landed on a construction worker.
The Imperial Council is celebrating its 50th Anniversary next year, and today the Government Audit and Oversight Committee approved my resolution to allow the Council to use the offical city seal on its materials during next year's celebration. The Council is an essential part of our cultural fabric, and I'm proud to have helped them secure this rare honor, which has only been granted by the Board of Supervisors 22 times since 1979. I look forward to celebrating with the Imperial Council next year.
Tuesday night was a great night for transportation in our city. Voters passed two transportation funding measures that will provide a significant investment in our transportation system and reaffirmed our city's commitment to making significant investments in a broad range of transit priorites. Prop A, the transportation bond, will put $500 million into capital projects on our streets, while Prop B, will adjust Muni funding to account for our population growth, with the increase in funds dedicate to service improvements (like paying for rolling stock) and street safety improvements.
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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.