Scott Wiener

July/August 2015 Newsletter

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Saturday, September 19th
Church Street Cafe
260 Church Street

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City Budget Passed
This week, the Board of Supervisors passed the two year annual budget, which was then signed by Mayor Ed Lee. As a member of the Budget Committee, I’m proud to have secured key funding in the budget for parks and greening efforts, transportation, neighborhood projects, services for seniors and at-risk youth, and art programs. During the budget process, I also advocated for and supported inclusion in the budget of 8 police academy classes over the next two years.

Scott with Supervisor Mark Farrell at the ribbon cutting for the opening of the new Doyle Drive

Transit Funding Legislation Introduced
We must invest in our transit systems to keep up with our growing population. I’m proud to be sponsoring the Transportation Sustainability Program, along with Mayor Lee and Supervisor London Breed. The TSP requires that new market-rate developments pay fees corresponding with their impacts on our transportation system. Affordable housing and residential developments with 20 or fewer units are exempt, as are the vast majority of nonprofits. This expansion of transit impact development fees will help us improve our transit systems, expand their capacity, and ensure that as our city grows, we can all get around efficiently.

Board Passes My In-Law Unit Legislation
Our housing crisis requires creative solutions to expand our housing supply and adding new in-law units is one of the most sustainable, low-impact ways to create housing. This week my legislation to allow the construction of new in-law units throughout District 8 was unanimously passed by the Board of Supervisors. The legislation allows property owners in all of our district’s neighborhoods to add one or two in-law units in order to increase the city’s housing supply. Units placed in rent-controlled buildings will be rent-controlled, meaning that the legislation will allow for the creation of new rent-controlled units. I want to thank Supervisor Julie Christensen for authoring legislation to bring new in-law units to her district as well – the Board passed both Supervisor Christensen’s legislation and my legislation on the same day.

Scott at the annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest

Building More Student Housing
San Francisco has 82,000 college students, with very little dedicated student housing. As a result, many students struggle with housing, and many are forced to live far from where they study. Providing housing for students is a key part of addressing our housing crisis and students have different needs than families and long-term residents, generally requiring less space. By building adequate housing for students, we can free up rental space in our badly over-extended existing housing stock. A few years ago I authored legislation to spur the construction of new student housing, and I recently called for a hearing on student housing production in San Francisco, and what the city can do to encourage more student housing. We need to find out what we are building and work to find solutions to spur the production of these units to support our students.

State Cannabis Legalization Task Force

Within the next two years, adult use of cannabis is likely to be legal in California, and we need to be prepared with smart public health, zoning, and other local implementing regulations. Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to support my legislation to create the Cannabis State Legalization Task Force. The Task Force will spend about a year studying the various issues the city is going to confront with statewide legalization and make policy recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on how to address those issues. The Task Force will consist of representatives from City Departments, the cannabis industry and consumers, businesses, tourism and policy groups, nightlife advocates, public health advocates, and neighborhood associations. By bringing together a wide range of residents, businesses, advocates, and government and neighborhood leaders, we can flesh out the countless issues surrounding legalization and propose thoughtful local approaches. Applications are now being accepted by the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors.

Scott with Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu and Supervisor Malia Cohen

Green Infrastructure Hearing
As we’re in the midst of an historic drought, it’s difficult to wrap our heads around the need to manage stormwater and minimize urban flooding. However, the rains will return and we may be talking about flooding sooner rather than later. In my district, Cayuga Avenue is one of those areas that suffers from repeated flooding – the existing combined sewer system that handles wastewater and stormwater isn’t designed to handle even average rain events. With the effects of climate change upon us, San Francisco and the Bay Area are forecasted to see fewer – but perhaps more intense – rain events. This means that while we may see less rain, we’ll get more of it as intense bursts, and as a result, we may see more flooding. I held a hearing on the City’s green infrastructure program – what we’re doing, what’s in the pipeline –and some of the impediments to broader implementation. Green infrastructure allows more stormwater to be absorbed in the ground, rather than dumped in our sewer system, thus reducing flood risk.

Robot Dance Party


Dolores Park has been in the news a lot lately, with some expressing concern about a "crackdown" on what has long made the culture of Dolores Park great. I wrote this piece about where I stand on the issue, which in short is for keeping the fun in Dolores Park, but keeping the trash out. One recent success we have had is ensuring that Robot Dance Party can continue to stay in the park. In recent weeks, Park Patrol had unfortunately targeted Robot Dance Party, citing his use of amplified sound as a violation of the park code. I convened a meeting with Robot Dance Party and Rec & Park to find a way for Robot Dance Party to continue to be part of Dolores Park. I'm happy that we came to a solution where Rec & Park will grant Robot Dance Party a permit that allows him to use amplified sound. I want to thank Robot Dance Party for being a part of Dolores and for being a great advocate for keeping the park clean.

Scott with Rec & Park Staff, Robert Brust from Dolores Park Works and Chris Hirst from Robot Dance Party


Guerrero Median Greening

The Guerrero Median Greening Project is nearly complete. Almost all of the medians along Guerrero have been successfully deconstructed, planted and greened. The remaining medians – including Market to 15th Street and 19th to 20th Streets - both require more substantial concrete removal before the medians are reconstructed to accommodate trees and plants. Public Works has conservatively scheduled both for demolition in late August/early September, followed by reconstruction and planting. For more information or to volunteer to keep the medians looking their best, please contact Jerad Weiner, Community Programs Manager at SF Public Works, at or (415) 595-6933.

Upper Market Street Safety Project
The SFMTA is beginning construction on the first phase of safety improvements on Upper Market Street. Starting in July, SFMTA paint crews were out on the streets upgrading crosswalks to a bolder, more visible design (called continental crosswalks) at five Market St. intersections: 16th/Noe, 15th/Sanchez, 14th/Church, Dolores/Market and Guerrero/Hermann/Laguna. The SFMTA is also starting to install 10 painted safety zones at three Market St. intersections: 16th/Noe, 15th/Sanchez, and 14th/Church. Painted safety zones slow down turning vehicles and improve visibility of pedestrians. For more information, please click here.

Scott visiting the Garden Project, a non-profit that empowers at risk young adults with job training and life skills programming

Dolores Park Construction Update
Since opening the North side last month, our construction crew has made great progress on the rest of the park improvements. The crew has been hard at work with digging and shoring the cut-out in the hillside East of the Helen Diller Playground at the location of the future South restroom, beginning to pour the floor for the new South restroom, and grading and preparing the South side soil for irrigation and turf planting. The crew is also preparing the west side of the park for pathway improvements, clearing and pruning dead and declined trees, and beginning irrigation installation, as well as connecting the new irrigation mainline from 20th St to the rest of the park. For more information on Leave No Trace policies and what Rec & Park is doing to tackle the growing trash problem at Dolores Park, check out: .

Launch of the E Embarcadero
Muni is excited to announce the launch of a new historic streetcar line, the E Embarcadero! Starting August 1, the new E line will operate double-end streetcars along the waterfront every 15 minutes between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.The E Embarcadero will improve service by connecting customers from Caltrain and AT&T Park to the Ferry Building, Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf.  Four special boarding platforms were built for the E Line located at 4th & King, 2nd & King, Embarcadero and Brannan, and Embarcadero & Harrison. The new historic streetcar line will make the same stops as the N Judah and T Third between Caltrain and Folsom St, and share the existing F Market stops from the Ferry Building to Fisherman’s Wharf. Accessible boarding is available at all bus stops. Click here to learn more.

Accessory Dwelling Unit Handbook Now Available
The Planning Department is pleased to announce that the Accessory Dwelling Unit Handbook is now available! Currently, much of the City’s current housing stock can legally include an additional housing unit, often within the existing building envelope.  Developed by San Francisco Planning Department and OpenScope Studio Architects, this informative guide serves as a helpful first step for homeowners considering adding an accessory unit to an existing residential building. Click here to learn more.

Scott speaking at a City Hall marriage equality celebration

No BART Service Between Oakland & San Francisco

There will be no transbay BART train service between West Oakland and Embarcadero stations on the weekends of August 1-2 and September 5-7 (Labor Day Weekend) while BART maintenance crews perform vital repairs to improve track safety. When the work is completed, BART customers will experience a faster, safer and quieter ride. Building a Better BART is the plan to repair and replace your 42-year-old train system’s deteriorating tracks, speed control equipment and other aging infrastructure in order to maintain BART’s excellent safety record, increase train reliability, reduce traffic and protect our environment by keeping hundreds of thousands of cars off the road in the decades to come. Click here for more information.

Muni Subway Closing Early Every Night Until January 2016
Starting Friday, July 31, 2015 until January 2016, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates Muni, will begin construction to replace the Blue Light emergency telephones and radio system in the subway between Embarcadero and West Portal. The projects are aimed to modernize and upgrade the communication system so we can continue to provide safe and reliable service.  The work will be done as part of the Muni Subway System Upgrade Projects which encompass Blue Light telephone replacement, Radio replacement and Twin Peaks Tunnel track replacement. The Twin Peaks Tunnel work is slated to begin in early 2016 after the Blue Light telephone and radio replacement projects are completed. In order to minimize disruptions, we are integrating the two communications improvement projects.  Construction will take place nightly from 10 p.m. until start of service at 5 a.m. the next day for about six months. Click here for more information.


42nd Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair

Saturday, August 1st & Sunday, August 2nd
Post Street between Fillmore and Laguna Streets
The Nihonmachi Street Fair considers itself the original “melting pot” of street fairs, with many aspects of Asian-Pacific American life—and San Francisco’s cultural life—expressed through performance, tradition, art, music, food, and community outreach and service.

Scott at a Bayview Community Meeting with Board of Education Member Shaman Walton

Mr. & Miss Golden Gate Candidate Kick-Off Party
Sunday, August 1st
The Edge, 4149 18th Street
Join The Imperial Council of San Francisco for an afternoon of fun and entertainment and to meet the contestants for this year’s Mr. & Miss Golden Gate! This event will include a beer (or soda) bust and entertainment for your pleasure.

Alive & Free Benefactor’s Reception
Sunday, August 2nd
West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore Street
Alive & Free is the violence prevention program founded at the Omega Boys Club - a nationally recognized youth development and violence prevention organization. The reception is a community celebration of Alive and Free’s 200 college graduates. Click here for ticket info.

Jerry Day 2015
Sunday, August 2nd
Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park, 45 John F. Shelley Drive
Jerry Day is a civic and cultural event that celebrates one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and San Francisco native son – Jerry Garcia. This event captures the true spirit of Jerry Garcia as we celebrate his legacy, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, and recognize his Excelsior roots. By uniting the diverse communities of San Francisco through Jerry’s music, we are creating something extraordinary for Jerry’s childhood neighborhood – the Excelsior District, McLaren Park, and the City and County of San Francisco.

Scott with Korean War Veterans at the groundbreaking of the new Korean War Memorial in the Presidio

Stern Grove Festival – Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bhi Bhiman
Sunday, August 2nd
Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Avenue
The Stern Grove Festival Association is a non-profit cultural organization committed to providing the people of the Bay Area with admission-free access to diverse performing arts. Every year since 1938, the organization presents Stern Grove Festival, an admission-free performing arts series, in Sigmund Stern Grove, a beautiful outdoor amphitheater located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco.

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 4th
Locations throughout San Francisco
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Together, we are making that happen. NNO enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Contact your local police station for more information on an NNO event near you.

22nd Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival
Saturday, August 8th and Sunday, August 9th
Yerba Buena Gardens, 750 Howard Street
Experience the best of Filipino art, dance, music and food at the 22nd Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival. Billed as the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in the U.S., the the two-day event organized by the Filipino American Arts Exposition is expected to draw over 75,000 people each day. Admission is free and fun for the entire family!

Scott with Larkin Street Youth Services interns from his alma mater, Duke University

5th Annual Chinatown Ping Pong Tournament
Sunday, August 9th
Come out for a day of ping pong and family fun! Cheer on your favorite ping pong teams! Get a team of 5 players together and register for your team to play in the tournament.

Stern Grove Festival – Morris Day And The Time, Con Brio
Sunday, August 9th
Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Avenue
The Stern Grove Festival Association is a non-profit cultural organization committed to providing the people of the Bay Area with admission-free access to diverse performing arts. Every year since 1938, the organization presents Stern Grove Festival, an admission-free performing arts series, in Sigmund Stern Grove, a beautiful outdoor amphitheater located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco.

Sunday Streets Excelsior
Sunday, August 16th
Mission Street between Theresa Street/Avalon Avenue and Geneva Avenue
The Excelsior has many hidden gems to explore, so strap on those skates or walking shoes and get ready to hit the street. From Avalon to Geneva, you are sure to find something along Mission Street that excites you on this route. Each year Sunday Streets collaborates with the Excelsior Festival to bring a day of fun to the community that is enticing for locals and neighborhood visitors alike.


Scott with Treasurer Jose Cisneros, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Community College Board Trustees Member Alex Randolph

Mr.& Miss Golden Gate Finale & Golden Gate Gaymes

Sunday, August 16th
12:00-4:00pm at Collingwood Park, Collingwood and 19th Streets
4:00-7:00pm at Beaux, 2344 Market Street
Join the Imperial Council for an afternoon of fun Gaymes, fundraising and BBKue with Their Most Imperial Majesties, The Imperial Council of San Francisco, Mister and Miss Golden Gate Colby and Sadie Ladie for the 2015 Mister and Miss Golden Gate Kontest!

Stern Grove Festival – Talib Kweli, Zakiya Harris Featuring Elephantine
Sunday, August 16th
Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Avenue
The Stern Grove Festival Association is a non-profit cultural organization committed to providing the people of the Bay Area with admission-free access to diverse performing arts. Every year since 1938, the organization presents Stern Grove Festival, an admission-free performing arts series, in Sigmund Stern Grove, a beautiful outdoor amphitheater located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco.

Moolah For Mutts - Muttville’s Senior Prom
Saturday, August 29th
San Francisco Design Center, 101 Henry Adams Street
Moolah For Mutts is Muttville’s annual celebration and fundraising gala. The money raised at the (humans-only) event supports Muttville’s mission to create better lives for senior dogs through rescue, foster, adoption and hospice, and to change the way the world treats seniors. Since its inception in 2007, Muttville has saved over 3000 lives (and counting!) and found them loving, new homes.

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