"Big 3" Bay Area Mayors Endorse Scott Wiener for State Senate

Citing Wiener's regional leadership on housing, transportation, and other key challenges facing the Bay Area, Mayors Edwin Lee of San Francisco, Libby Schaaf of Oakland, and Sam Liccardo of San Jose endorse his candidacy

San Francisco - (May 10, 2016) Today, the Mayors of the three big Bay Area cities - San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo - all endorsed Supervisor Scott Wiener's candidacy for the California State Senate. 

In endorsing Wiener, the three Mayors cited the critical need for the Bay Area to work together to tackle the regions's challenges around housing, transportation, water, and other issues, as well as Wiener's demonstrated track record of effective leadership.

"Scott Wiener consistently stands up for smart housing and transportation policy," said Mayor Lee. "San Francisco's congestion and housing affordability problems cannot be solved in a vacuum, and the region needs to work together. I've seen Scott's ability to bring regional leaders together, and that ability will serve him - and San Francisco - well in the State Senate."

According to Mayor Schaaf: "Scott understands that our cities must work closely together to improve our transit systems and to make housing more affordable. He shows effective leadership around regional transportation policy and investment. He doesn't limit his transit advocacy to Muni and is a strong supporter of BART, Caltrain, and other regional transit operators. Our region is so interconnected, and we need regional-thinking leaders like Scott Wiener representing us in the State Senate and making sure the state plays a constructive role in helping us succeed."

Mayor Liccardo added: "San Francisco, San Mateo County, and San Jose are deeply connected economically and environmentally. Decisions around housing and transportation in one city affect other cities, and we need ever-increasing regional coordination. I've personally observed Scott Wiener's ability to work across regional lines to create partnerships and get things done. The Bay Area's state legislative delegation needs to go to the mat for our region and our state's future, and Scott will do that effectively."

Wiener thanked the Mayors for their support: "San Francisco cannot succeed without Oakland, San Jose, and San Mateo County succeeding. Regionalism is key in increasing transit capacity and reliability, having more affordable housing options, and addressing our region's very real environmental challenges. I've worked hard to build bridges within the region and to ensure the region is working with Sacramento to become more sustainable. I look forward to continuing that work in the State Senate."

Wiener has been deeply involved with regional sustainability work. He represents San Francisco on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission - the nine Bay Area County transportation planning and funding agency - as well as on the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors. He is deeply involved in regional discussions around BART, Caltrain, High Speed Rail, and other transportation priorities. Wiener was recently appointed to the Bay Restoration Authority, the entity charged with financing wetlands restoration and other project to restore San Francisco Bay and make it healthier.

Wiener's State Senate campaign has garnered significant support, including endorsements from the Democratic Party, California League of Conservation Voters, Senator Mark Leno (the incumbent), U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma, Assemblymember David Chiu, all five members of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, the California Medical Association, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, and the Firefighters, Teamsters, Laborers, Janitors, and other labor unions. Wiener's complete endorsement list is at www.scottwiener.com/endorsements.


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