Supervisor Wiener Introduces Legislation to Require Solar Power on New Buildings

Renewable energy ordinance would make San Francisco first major city in the country to require solar panels be installed on new construction. Trailing legislation will allow living roofs to be used to satisfy this requirement

San Francisco — (February 25, 2016) On Tuesday, Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced legislation to require solar panels be installed on new residential and commercial buildings constructed in San Francisco. This legislation has the support of the San Francisco Department of the Environment and would make San Francisco the first major city in the country to require solar to be installed on new construction. Supervisor Wiener is also working on legislation, which will be introduced in the coming weeks, to include living roofs, aka green roofs, as eligible to satisfy this requirement. This legislation will help move San Francisco towards its goal of meeting 100% of the City’s electricity demand with renewable energy.

“To fight climate change and achieve a clean energy future, we need to take decisive steps to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels,” said Supervisor Wiener. “This legislation will activate our roofs, which are an under-utilized urban resource, to make our City more sustainable and our air cleaner. In a dense, urban environment, we need to be smart and efficient about how we maximize the use of our space to achieve goals like promoting renewable energy and improving our environment.”

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Tents on Sidewalks Are Inhumane and Aren’t Housing

By Scott Wiener

Tent encampments are proliferating in San Francisco, causing serious concern and significant debate. At the same time, San Francisco government is gripped with a deer-in-the-headlights inertia that allows the tents to become established and to grow in number.

Permitting these encampments is neither humane nor progressive. The tents are a potent symbol of our city’s failure to deal effectively with homelessness, mental illness, and drug addiction — problems that manifest on our streets every single day as we observe bizarre and aggressive behavior, syringes and feces strewn all over, and other behaviors that degrade our community’s quality of life.

Yet, regardless of the cause, these tents are not — and must not become, through inertia and lack of political will — permanent “housing.” We must have the will to transition people out of these tents into shelter and housing and to ensure that the tents reduce and disappear.

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San Francisco Supervisors One Step Closer to Raising Tobacco Age to 21

This article, about Supervisor Wiener's legislation to raise the tobacco purchase age, originally appeared on KQED on February 22, 2016.
By Lisa Aliferis

A San Francisco Board of Supervisors committee voted Monday to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. The vote of the Land Use Committee was 3-0 to prohibit retailers from selling tobacco products — including smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes — to those under age 21.

The full board will consider the ordinance next Tuesday, March 1. If the measure passes and is signed by the mayor, San Francisco would join more than 120 cities nationally — including Boston and New York — in approving the change. Hawaii raised the age statewide, effective Jan. 1. In California, Healdsburg and Berkeley have both approved the higher age. A bill in the California Assembly to raise the age statewide stalled last fall.

Proponents of the change say that many teenagers access cigarettes and other tobacco products from friends who are old enough to legally buy them. Raising the age to 21 moves legal buyers out of the social circle of most high school students, advocates say.

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Supervisor Scott Wiener Announces Major New LGBT Endorsements in State Senate Race

Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund; California Legislative LGBT Caucus; John Cleary, Co-Chair of LGBT Caucus of California Democratic Party*; Debra Broner, Secretary of LGBT Caucus of California Democratic Party*; Demetri Moshoyannis; Health and Transgender Community Advocate Cecilia Chung; and former Bay Area Reporter Political Columnist and Harvey Milk Confidante Wayne Friday

Newest endorsements in campaign for Senate District 11 underscore Wiener’s effective leadership on LGBT issues

San Francisco, CA – (February 18, 2016) Today, Scott Wiener announced key new endorsements from LGBT organizations and community leaders in his race for State Senate, District 11:

Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund
The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund works to elect LGBT leaders to public office. Since 1991, the Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBT candidates win election to local, state and federal offices. In announcing the Victory Fund's endorsement of Wiener, CEO Aisha Moodie-Mills stated: "Scott Wiener has a 25-year history working to strengthen the LGBT community, including his key role building the LGBT Community Center and his support for people living with HIV, our growing LGBT senior population, and our LGBT youth. The Victory Fund is proud to endorse Scott's candidacy for State Senate and will work to get him elected and ensure continued LGBT representation in the State Legislature."

California Legislative LGBT Caucus
The California Legislative LGBT Caucus consists of the LGBT members of the California Legislature. The chair of the Caucus, Assemblymember Susan Eggman, emphasized Wiener's track record of legislative leadership on issues of importance to the LGBT community: “The LGBT Legislative Caucus proudly endorses Scott Wiener for State Senate and looks forward to working with him in support of the many issues that impact our community. Scott has a significant legislative record supporting the LGBT community, including his work to expand transgender healthcare access; to create a bill of rights for LGBT seniors in long-term care facilities; to protect and expand funding for HIV care and prevention services; to insist that insurance companies not escalate co-pays for HIV drugs; and to expand affordable housing opportunities for all LGBT people and particularly for LGBT seniors and at-risk youth."

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Supervisor Wiener’s Letter to Municipal Transportation Agency Urging Agency Not to Undermine Commuter Shuttle Program with Misguided Changes

February 16, 2016

Tom Nolan
Chairman, Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors
One South Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94103

Re: Proposed changes that will undermine commuter shuttle program

Dear Chairman Nolan:

I write to urge the MTA Board of Directors to proceed with the permanent Commuter Shuttle Program, as approved by the Board of Directors last year, without making changes to it. The changes to the program that several of my colleagues are advocating — and that some technology companies have been badgered into accepting, against the interests of their workers — would undermine the program and ultimately harm the thousands of San Francisco residents who rely on these shuttles. These proposed changes are designed to lead to the end of the shuttle program by making the shuttles so difficult to use that riders simply choose other options or leave San Francisco. Indeed, the ultimate goal of some of the shuttle opponents is to encourage technology workers to move out of San Francisco by making it as hard as possible for them to get to work. I encourage you to keep this well-studied and well-designed plan intact and not to move down a path that may unravel the plan.

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Supervisor Wiener to Call for Hearing on Plans to Move San Francisco to Develop Open Source Voting System

Hearing will explore current plans for funding, designing, and implementing a transparent, secure, and publicly viewable elections system to replace current private vendor model

San Francisco — (February 16, 2016) Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for a hearing on San Francisco’s efforts to fund, design, and implement an open source voting system that will provide for more a transparent, secure, and publicly viewable elections system. This builds on previous resolutions passed by the Board of Supervisors and the San Francisco Elections Commission that called for the City to develop and fund an open source elections system. At this hearing, the Department of Elections and the Elections Commission will discuss what the budget for the planning and implementation of an open source voting system would be, including budget costs and projected roll-out schedule.

“Secure and transparent elections are one of the bedrock principles of our democracy,” said Supervisor Wiener. “Additionally, a publicly developed system run on commercial off-the shelf hardware can save the city money in the long-term by eliminating the need for expensive, ongoing private vendor contracts. My office has continued to work with the Elections Commission and City staff to determine budget needs and project scope for implementing an open source voting system in San Francisco. I look forward to continuing to work towards this important good government measure.”

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Scott Wiener Adds To Growing List of State and Local Labor Endorsements in Campaign for State Senate District 11

Endorsements from California State Council of Laborers, Local 510 Sign and Display, and Daly City Firefighters demonstrate growing support by working men and women of labor

San Francisco, CA – (February 11, 2016) Today, Scott Wiener’s campaign for State Senate announced endorsements from the California State Council of Laborers, Local 510 Sign and Display Workers, and the Daly City Firefighters.

"Scott Wiener has a proven track record supporting public safety and our first responders," said President Nick Gracia of Daly City Firefighters Local 1879. "He has stood with firefighters to make sure fire equipment is safe and modern and to ensure we are investing in our public safety infrastructure. Scott has our full support."

“I’m grateful for the support of these unions and their hard working members. Improving quality of life for them and their families is my top priority, whether that’s making the bus or train they take to work faster and more reliable, creating more affordable housing, or making their neighborhood safer. I look forward to continuing that work for them in the State Senate,” stated Scott Wiener.

 

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S.F. Officials Push for Adoption of Pioneering Open-Source Voting System

This article first appeared on KQED on February 9, 2016

By Ted Goldberg

San Francisco could launch a major makeover of its voting systems this year, an effort that supporters say will lead to cheaper, more transparent elections in the city.

On Tuesday, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for a Board of Supervisors hearing into the city’s efforts to adopt a voting system that would use off-the-shelf hardware and open-source software. Elections officials, politicians and voter-participation activists have all touted such publicly owned balloting systems as cheaper and more trustworthy than using products supplied by private vendors.

“We want to set a trend here and around the country toward more open and transparent voting systems,” Wiener said in an interview.

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PASSES SUPERVISOR WIENER’S LEGISLATION TO STREAMLINE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRODUCTION

Ordinance will expedite entitlement process by exempting 100% affordable housing projects from lengthy processes that add significant cost like conditional use authorization. Supervisor Wiener has also submitted a ballot measure that will move forward if the pending ordinance fails

San Francisco, CA (February 2, 2016)– Today the Board of Supervisors approved Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation to expedite the construction of affordable housing to address San Francisco’s housing crisis. The ordinance exempts all 100% affordable housing projects from conditional use authorizations, which can add months on to the entitlement process and increase costs for projects, even if the project has no opposition.

The legislation will not prevent neighbors from receiving notice of projects in their neighborhood, will still allow for full design review of each project, and will not prevent them from seeking discretionary review from the Planning Commission if they object to a project.

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Scott Wiener Raises Over $850,000 In Race for State Senate District 11

Strong fundraising numbers come on heels of polling showing Wiener with 15-point lead, as well as major step toward the Democratic Party endorsement by securing landslide 80% vote of delegates at grassroots endorsement caucus

San Francisco, CA (February 1, 2016) - In the first campaign finance disclosure report in the race for State Senate District 11, Supervisor Scott Wiener raised a substantial $852,287.99 from a broad and diverse range of donors.

Among Wiener’s nearly 1,200 donors - over 75% of whom live in San Francisco and a majority of whom donated $250 or less - are musicians, filmmakers, and artists; nurses, physicians, and caregivers; a pilates teacher, dog walker, and veterinarian; non-profit employees, and members of organized labor.

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