BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PASSES SUPERVISOR WIENER’S SUBWAY MASTER PLAN ALONG WITH EXTENSION OF TRANSIT IMPACT FEES TO RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

 Supervisor Wiener authored the Subway Master Plan, which requires a long-term plan for new subway construction, and played key role in moving forward Transportation Sustainability Fee, which will generate $1.3 billion over 30 years by assessing transit fees on new market-rate developments


San Francisco, CA-- Yesterday the Board of Supervisors approved two measures to address San Francisco’s need for an expanded transportation system. Supervisor Wiener authored the Subway Master Plan to create a roadmap for citywide subway construction in San Francisco, while the Transportation Sustainability Fee (TSF) will generate $44 million annually in new funding for transportation improvements. Supervisor Wiener worked on transit impact fee funding for five years, and partnered with Mayor Ed Lee and co-sponsors Supervisors London Breed and Julie Christensen to pass the TSF.

“For years we have dramatically underfunded transit and suffered from a lack of long-term vision regarding our transportation system,” said Supervisor Wiener. “Our transit systems are over-crowded, as are our streets. As our city and region grow, it’s imperative that we invest in public transportation, more subways, and much improved transit capacity and reliability. These two measures are key steps in this pro-transit effort.”

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area dog plan goes too far

First published by Supervisor Wiener in the San Francisco Chronicle on 11/2/15

Dog lovers have long enjoyed walking their dogs off leash on lands managed by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including Crissy Field and Ocean Beach, as well as properties in two other counties. While the federal recreation area does a lot of incredible work stewarding these important lands, its proposed dog plan goes too far.

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is not a national park and is specifically defined by Congress as an urban recreation area — an area to provide recreation, including dog-walking. A tiny percentage of its lands currently allows dogs.

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Critical Transportation Funding Measures

The San Francisco Transportation Authority yesterday released polling numbers showing support for investing in public transportation. As the federal government's support for transportation has dissipated, local transportation funding has become even more critical, and San Francisco has been good at stepping up. But we need to do more, especially as our city continues to grow. The poll shows support for a Vehicle License Fee to pay for transportation infrastructure, and support for a BART bond to upgrade the aging system. These are good numbers, but it's going to take work to get these critical transportation funding measures on the ballot and approved.

You can read about the poll and its results here.


Encouraging Recycled Water Use

We need to make major changes to how we think about and use our pristine Hetch Hetchy water. This includes large changes, like requiring new developments to use recycled water for non-potable uses, but also small ones, like empowering more people to water their gardens with greywater. I've introduced legislation to encourage more people to do this, by removing the permit requirement on simple greywater systems used for irrigation. People want to do the right thing and conserve water in their homes, and we should be helping them to take these important actions. You can read the Chronicle's coverage of the story here.


SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO REMOVE UNNECESSARY PERMIT REQUIREMENTS FOR RESIDENTIAL WATER RECYCLING SYSTEMS

 Ordinance will remove the existing plumbing permit requirement for residents installing a simple greywater system to irrigate yards, gardens, and other outdoor areas around their homes


San Francisco, CA-- Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to remove the permit requirement for residents who want to install simple recycled water systems to irrigate gardens, yards, and other outdoor areas around their homes. Currently, a plumbing permit is required to install these simple greywater systems, adding cost and impediments that can discourage residents from making home improvements to conserve water.

Earlier this year, Supervisor Wiener authored legislation to require onsite water recycling systems in new large developments, which the Board of Supervisors passed unanimously in June. This made San Francisco the first city in the country to require recycled water to be used for irrigation and toilet flushing in new housing an office developments.

Read the full press release here.


SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE CODE ENFORCEMENT REFORM LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE BUILDING SAFETY, CRACK DOWN ON CODE VIOLATORS, AND CREATE LOAN FUND TO CORRECT VIOLATIONS

 Legislative package will grant the City Attorney and the Department of Building Inspection greater authority to pursue code violations, unify the code enforcement processes for all departments to create more accountability, and create a revolving loan fund for small property owners to bring buildings up to code


San Francisco, CA-- Today Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce code enforcement reform legislation to improve San Francisco’s code enforcement process, strengthen the City’s ability to crack down on serial code violators, and help code violators who want to correct their violations but cannot afford to do so. San Francisco’s current code enforcement process lacks coordination among different departments charged with inspecting and enforcing codes to keep San Francisco’s building stock safe and habitable, and creates accountability gaps that prevents the city from addressing significant violations of the Buildings, Fire, Health, and Planning Codes.

The legislation grants the City Attorney’s Office and the Department of Building Inspection more tools to enforce code violations, while harmonizing code inspection and enforcement processes across different city codes to ensure greater accountability and coordination among city departments. For example, the legislation allows the City Attorney’s Office to file suit against code violators without a formal referral from a city department; currently, some departments refer almost no code violations, even serious and longstanding violations, for litigation.

Read the full press release here.


SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR HEARING ON TRANSGENDER YOUTH ISSUES, CHALLENGES, AND POLICY NEEDS

 Hearing will focus on major issues confronting transgender and gender non-conforming children, adolescents, and their families; research advances; and what policy and budgetary solutions San Francisco can pursue to embrace and support these young people


San Francisco, CA-- At this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener called for a hearing on transgender and gender non-conforming children and adolescents, specifically, the needs of these young people and their families, including their health needs; the current state of the research in the area; and what the City of San Francisco can do to support these youth. At the hearing, city departments, policy experts, medical professionals, and community leaders will be asked to present on research and other work to address the needs of young transgender and gender non-conforming people, as well as policy and budgetary ideas to address the issues facing this community.

Read the full press release here.


SUPERVISORS CHRISTENSEN AND WIENER INITIATE PROCESS TO PURCHASE PAGODA THEATER SITE FOR NORTH BEACH SUBWAY STATION

 With co-sponsorship from Supervisor Scott Wiener, Supervisor Christensen directs city Department of Real Estate to appraise the value of the site as a first step toward city purchase of the site for a future North Beach subway station as part of the Central Subway


Supervisor Julie Christensen, with co-sponsorship from Supervisor Scott Wiener, has initiated the process for the City of San Francisco to purchase the site of the former Pagoda Theater to use as a future North Beach station on the Central Subway line. Supervisors Christensen and Wiener have directed the Department of Real Estate to appraise the site, so that the City can enter into negotiations with the property owner.

As a long-time neighborhood advocate for the Central Subway, Supervisor Christensen understands the importance of extending the Central Subway to North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf. Since becoming Supervisor for District 3 in January, Supervisor Christensen — building on the work of her predecessor, Assemblyman David Chiu — has been exploring options for purchasing the Pagoda Theater site to continue the expansion of the Central Subway through the district, and has made many attempts to discuss the purchase of this site from the property owner. The owners of the former Pagoda Theater site have pulled permits to build a development with 19 luxury condos over a large restaurant space.

Read the full press release here.


Leading the Way with Water Reuse Systems

When the Board of Supervisors passed my legislation requiring water reuse systems to be installed in new large developments, San Francisco became the first city in the nation with such a requirement. As we confront California’s continuing drought and the need for long-term structural change on how we use water, this legislation is being praised as a “future-focused move.”  Click here to read the latest coverage of the legislation to learn more about how measures like these can save California water.


New Affordable Housing Legislation

As a city, we need to take more action to address the housing crisis that is forcing so many working families from San Francisco. That is why today I will be introducing legislation before the Board of Supervisors that will allow 100 percent affordable housing projects to bypass the conditional use authorization requirement. It takes far too long for these much needed projects to go through the entire approval process, only adding to the strain of the city’s housing shortage. You can read the San Francisco Chronicle’s early coverage of the legislation here.



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