With Californians likely to be voting in the 2016 election to legalize adult use of marijuana, the Board of Supervisors has appointed 11 people to serve on the Cannabis State Legalization Task Force. I authored legislation to create the task force earlier this year to ensure that San Francisco is prepared when voters decide the issue in November. It is important that the city take the time to create smart, well thought-out regulations in the event the proposition passes. You can read about the selectees in the Examiner’s coverage of the hearing here.
By Scott Wiener
Every neighborhood has those dilapidated buildings that have stood for years, slowly deteriorating, with nothing being done to fix things. You know the building — it’s the one with the front stairs caved in or the windows boarded up or broken. It’s the one with trash and junk piled so high you can’t see in the windows. It’s the one with no tenants living there, but there still seem to be people coming in and out at night. These blighted properties aren’t just eyesores — they are public safety hazards. They create dangerous health conditions, fire hazards, and draw squatters and criminal activity.
Ingleside and the Excelsior have experienced this on both commercial corridors and residential areas. These problems don’t just happen overnight — they are the result of years of neglect and inaction by property owners. But, just as important, they are the result of a broken code enforcement process by the City.
We as a city need to do better in identifying blighted properties and then bringing these buildings into compliance. Too often, a complaint is filed by a neighbor, and nothing seems to happen. An inspection takes place, maybe a notice of violation is issued, but the problem persists year after year.Read more
Supervisor Wiener to Call for Oversight Hearing on Spike in Burglaries, Home Invasions, Auto Break-ins, and Other Property Crimes
Hearing will ask Police Department, District Attorney, and other departments and organizations to report on statistics and strategies to confront home invasions, car break-ins, thefts, and other property crimes in San Francisco
San Francisco — At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for a hearing on property crime trends in residential neighborhoods, including home invasions, auto break-ins, and robberies. At the hearing, the Police Department, the District Attorney, and the Superior Court will be asked to report on current property crime trends, and what is being done to address these issues. Community safety groups like SF SAFE will also be invited to discuss how residents can better protect themselves against these crimes through organizing neighborhood watches and employing safety strategies.
“Our neighborhoods continue to be confronted by a relentless wave of property crimes,” said Supervisor Wiener. “There are high profile cases of home invasions, and everyday disturbances like car break-ins and packages being stolen off people’s porches. We need to know what’s actually happening, how the City is responding, and what approaches residents can take to protect themselves and their property. We need more officers walking beats, and more focus on property crimes. We need our police, our District Attorney’s Office, our courts, our probations departments, and our community organizations to work to together to ensure accountability for crime, as well as strong efforts at rehabilitation to reduce recidivism.”Read more
Quarterly hearings will focus on ensuring robust enforcement, transparency, and accountability for abusive and illegal short term rentals by newly created Office of Short Term Rentals
San Francisco — At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for standing quarterly oversight hearings on short-term rental enforcement in San Francisco. The goal of the hearings is to provide continuing, transparent public oversight for city enforcement efforts to ensure that the recently enacted short-term rental law is being robustly enforced and that illegal and abusive short-term rentals are being shut down promptly. At each hearing, the recently created Office of Short Term Rentals will be asked to present on various statistics, including number of short-term rental registrations, progress on getting more STRs registered, and enforcement efforts against violators. The quarterly hearings will commence in January, and occur every three months thereafter.Read more
By Scott Wiener
Trees matter. Whether in urban settings, rural areas, or remote wilderness in the Sierras or Brazil, trees are essential to our environment, economy, and quality of life. Trees are our world’s lungs, absorbing carbon dioxide, emitting oxygen, and reducing drought and climate change. They reduce erosion and provide habitat for all manner of birds, insects, and other animals. They provide shade and cooling in a warming world. Without them, eco-systems suffer, leading to negative health and economic impacts.
While urban forests are not in the same ecological league as the vast and threatened boreal forests to the north and rain forests to the south, they matter. Having adequate and healthy trees in a community makes positive contributions in all sorts of ways. Indeed, recent studies have shown that communities with more trees and other greenery are healthier, calmer, and more productive.
You can read my full post here.
Ordinance requires that tenants living in non-permitted units — like illegal in-laws — be notified by property owners if a permit is sought to demolish the unit, giving the tenant an opportunity to appeal the permit
San Francisco — Today, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Supervisor Wiener’s legislation to require notice to all tenants, regardless of whether their unit is officially recorded, when a property owner files for permits to demolish their units. Under current law, property owners are only required to notice tenants in legally permitted units, which creates a significant loophole that leaves tens of thousands of tenants vulnerable to losing their homes with no notice ahead of time and no opportunity to contest the demolition.Read more
San Francisco would join New York City and a number of other smaller cities to reduce tobacco use, which is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. A current effort to set the statewide tobacco purchase age to 21 stalled in the California legislature.
San Francisco — Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation, along with co-sponsors Supervisor Eric Mar and Malia Cohen, to raise the tobacco purchasing age in San Francisco from 18 to 21. San Francisco would become the second largest city in the country, after New York City, to set the tobacco purchasing age at 21. Earlier this year the State of Hawaii raised the tobacco purchase age to 21, and Berkeley is also considering doing the same. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States, killing more than 480,000 people each year and costing the United States as much as $170 billion in health care expenditures. The American Heart Association has endorsed this legislation.Read more
Senator Dianne Feinstein, Equality California, and Sheriff-Elect Vicki Hennessy Endorse Scott Wiener for State Senate
Wiener Adds Three Key Endorsements To A Growing List Of Elected Officials, Community Leaders, Community Organizations, And Labor Unions
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 16, 2015) - Senator Dianne Feinstein, Equality California, and Sheriff-Elect Vicki Hennessy this week announced their endorsements of Supervisor Scott Wiener for California State Senate. Since his announcement for State Senate on July 1st of this year, Supervisor Wiener has been steadily building a significant and broad support list of elected and community leaders, labor unions, and community organizations, including the incumbent, Senator Mark Leno.
Of her support for Wiener's candidacy, Senator Feinstein said “Scott has a solid record of accomplishments on the issues impacting our region today, and has the foresight to address the challenges that will face us in the years to come. I’m impressed with Scott’s record of supporting increased police staffing to improve public safety, his dogged determination to improve our public transportation systems, his outside-the-box ideas to address and ease our housing crisis, and his work to increase water recycling. I know that Scott will take that same creativity and work ethic to the State Senate."Read more
First published by Supervisor Wiener on Huffington Post on 11/12/15
San Francisco Bay is a global treasure. Beyond its famous bridges and waterfront, the Bay is a rich ecosystem in the midst of the fourth largest metropolitan region in the nation. It is the largest estuary on the West Coast of North or South America, the largest salmon producing system south of the Columbia River and the largest stopping point for migratory shorebirds south of Alaska.
The Bay is the defining feature of the region. It is the reason San Francisco and Fisherman's Wharf were founded. It creates our weather and some of our greatest recreational opportunities. It supports our tourism industry, regional economy, and quality of life. It is why so many residents, employers, and visitors recognize that this is a special place where a healthy environment and economy go hand in hand.Read more
By Scott Wiener
A few days ago, a statewide ballot measure requiring that adult film actors wear condoms qualified for the 2016 ballot. While perhaps superficially appealing, this measure is terrible for public health, and we need to defeat it. It’s a gimmick measure that has no support in the HIV advocacy community other than from its sponsoring organization, the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which also opposed and advocated against pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), perhaps the most powerful HIV preventative in existence.Read more