Protecting Our LGBT Seniors in Long-Term Care Facilities

Published in the Huffington Post on March 31, 2015

By Scott Wiener

Co-authored by Daniel Redman

LGBT seniors blazed the trail for our community. They stood their ground at Stonewall and Compton's Cafeteria and kept our community alive during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. They laid the groundwork for so many of our recent successes.

Our LGBT senior population is growing. In San Francisco we estimate that we currently have 18,000 to 20,000 LGBT residents aged 60 and older. This number is expected to double by 2050. For our seniors today and tomorrow we must act now to address their needs.

Today the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on groundbreaking legislation protecting LGBT seniors who are living in long-term care facilities, whether nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, or other similar housing. This legislation, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and HIV status, is long overdue and serves as a model for the rest of the country.

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Suppy and Demand

By Scott Wiener

There are many opinions about the causes of and solutions to our housing crisis, and it is important to have all of these voices helping address this problem. However, one argument that doesn't hold water is that supply and demand doesn't work in San Francisco.  I recently wrote a piece on Medium making this point. Click here to read the article or view after the jump.

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On-street car sharing is San Francisco’s future

San Francisco Chronicle

The Municipal Transportation Agency recently began implementing an on-street car-sharing program to improve access to car sharing in San Francisco. The program has caused some controversy, given the many challenges surrounding parking in our city. However, this program is central to San Francisco’s long-term transportation success. Studies suggest that car sharing will induce some residents to give up their cars, which will reduce competition for parking.

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Clean Energy and Better Infrastructure: A Great Combination

San Francisco Bay Guardian

By Scott Wiener

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.

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Fire Departments Are Standing in the Way of Good Street Design

May 20th, 2014
City Lab

By Scott Wiener

Street design plays a key role in defining a city. How we structure our streets - and particularly how wide we make them - speaks volumes about how we want people to interact with each other and their surrounding environment. These choices have dramatic consequences for a neighborhood's walkability, vitality, safety, and transportation options.

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National Park Service Needs to Listen to Bay Area Residents


December 1st, 2013
Bay Woof

On September 6, the National Park Service released its Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's Draft Dog Management Plan.

The Plan, which follows a 2011 draft that was subject to significant public criticism - including a resolution I authored at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors opposing it - calls for dramatically limiting dog access on federal lands in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties. In San Francisco, the Plan would restrict dog access at Fort Funston, Crissy Field, and Ocean Beach, among other properties.

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Castro in-law units: One way to address our housing crisis

November 7th, 2013
The Bay Area Reporter

It's no secret that we are experiencing a housing affordability crisis in San Francisco and particularly in the Castro. With one-bedroom apartments going for $3,000 on average and even cramped roommate situations escalating in price, we are at serious risk of pricing non-wealthy people out of our neighborhood and even our city. Too many longtime, older residents are being pushed out by eviction or other means, and new residents - an influx of new, younger residents being one of the hallmarks of our neighborhood - struggle mightily to find anything they can afford. If we continue to lose older, often LGBT, residents - the folks who built the modern Castro - and continue to turn away young people looking to make their lives here, what kind of neighborhood will we be?

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Working together to make the Castro safer


July 25th, 2013
The Bay Area Reporter

By any measure, the crime situation in the Castro isn't acceptable. On a regular basis, we hear about neighbors and visitors being robbed - often at gunpoint - beaten, stabbed, and otherwise victimized. Some of the crimes appear to be anti-LGBT hate crimes, some not. Whatever the motivation and whatever form they take, they need to stop, and we need to work to reduce violence in our neighborhood. While living in a city always entails the possibility of crime, we should not have to be fearful walking through our own neighborhood.

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S.F. must prioritize public transit funds


March 5th, 2013
SF Gate

San Francisco fancies itself a transit-first city. We encourage people to give up their cars. We reduce parking. We make it more challenging to get around the city in private automobiles. We encourage people to use alternate modes of transportation, especially Muni.

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Improving San Francisco’s Residential Parking Rules

March 2013
San Francisco Apartment Association

Last year, I authored long-overdue legislation to simplify payment of parking tax by small property owners and to provide an amnesty so that people who were unaware of their tax obligation can come forward, become legal and pay taxes in the future.

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