SUPERVISOR SCOTT WIENER DECLARES CANDIDACY FOR CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE

 With support of Senator Mark Leno and Proven Record of Leadership, Democrat Scott Wiener moves forward with Campaign for a Sustainable Future for California and the Bay Area


San Francisco--Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener, Democrat of San Francisco, announced his candidacy for the California State Senate, District 11. District 11 includes all of San Francisco, Daly City, Broadmoor, and Colma, and a portion of South San Francisco. The incumbent, Senator Mark Leno, is endorsing Wiener's candidacy, as are Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Assemblymember David Chiu, State Senator Jerry Hill, Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma, all 5 members of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, and numerous San Francisco and San Mateo County elected officials, labor unions, and community leaders.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER SECURES FUNDING FOR KEY PRIORITIES, INCLUDING PARKS, NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECTS, SENIOR AND YOUTH PROGRAMS, AND ARTS AND CULTURE PROGRAMS

Two year, $8.9 billion budget also includes funding for 8 police academy classes, for which Supervisor Wiener has advocated as part of his efforts to increase police staffing

 

San Francisco, CA– Today, the Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors finalized the two-year $8.9 billion city budget for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 fiscal years. Supervisor Scott Wiener, a member of the Budget Committee, secured funding in the budget for several key priorities, including parks and greening efforts, neighborhood projects, senior and youth services, and art and culture programs. He also advocated for eight new police academy classes over the next two years. 

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVES RESOLUTION CALLING FOR INCREASING POLICE STAFFING TO ACCOUNT FOR POPULATION GROWTH

Resolution calls for raising the minimum police staffing level from 1,971 to a minimum of 2,200 officers. While San Francisco’s population has grown significantly, as have crime rates, police staffing has gone down, and San Francisco has less staffing than peer cities. Report by Controller shows need for increased police staffing by hundreds of officers.

 

San Francisco, CA – Today the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution calling for significantly increased police staffing levels to reflect San Francisco’s significant population growth, including adjusting the definition of “minimum staffing” upward by several hundred officers. The resolution, which was sponsored by Supervisors Scott Wiener, Malia Cohen, and Mark Farrell, was passed by a vote of 6-5, with Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, Jane Kim, Eric Mar and Norman Yee opposing. 

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What I Learned During the 22-Day Muni Challenge

By Scott Wiener

During the month of June, the SF Transit Riders challenged San Francisco's elected leaders to ride Muni every day as part of the 22-Day Muni Challenge. As a daily Muni rider for 18 years, I've long experienced the ups and downs of our city's transportation system. I recently wrote a piece on Medium about what I learned during this challenge.


Dolores Park North Side Reopens

After months of construction, the north side of Dolores Park is reopening today. The improvements include the repair and renovation of sport courts, construction of new restrooms, replanted grass fields and dog play area, and many other infrastructure and landscaping improvements. This is great news for the community and four our park. You can watch my video message about these great improvements at Dolores Park here.


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PASSES SUPERVISOR WIENER’S FIRST-IN-NATION ORDINANCE TO MANDATE WATER RECYCLING SYSTEMS IN NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND ESTABLISH POLICY OF USING RECYCLED WATER FOR CLEANING AND IRRIGATING PUBLIC SPACES

Ordinance will require onsite water reuse systems in new large developments and require all developments throughout the city to go through a water reuse analysis with the Public Utilities Commission. The ordinance also will set city policy that all irrigation and cleaning of public spaces should be done with non-drinking water within the next 5 years

San Francisco -- Today the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed legislation by Supervisor Scott Wiener to require new developments to use onsite water reuse systems – like greywater and blackwater systems – for non-potable uses like toilet flushing and irrigation. This makes San Francisco the first city in the nation to require developments to install recycled water systems.  The legislation also pushes city departments to use non-potable water for all cleaning and irrigation of public spaces within the next 5 years.

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CNBC Interview: Soda Health Warnings on Advertisements

Last week, the Board of Supervisors passed our first in the nation legislation to require health warnings on sugar-sweetened beverage advertisements in San Francisco. These health warnings will give people the information they need about the health impacts of sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages, so they can make informed decisions about their consumption choices. Click here to watch the interview.


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO VOTE ON SUPERVISOR WIENER’S FIRST IN NATION ORDINANCE TO MANDATE WATER RECYCLING SYSTEMS IN NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND ESTABLISH POLICY OF USING RECYCLED WATER FOR CLEANING AND IRRIGATING PUBLIC SPACES

Ordinance will require onsite water reuse systems in new large developments and require all developments throughout the city to go through a water reuse analysis with the Public Utilities Commission. The ordinance also will set city policy that all irrigation and cleaning of public spaces should be done with non-drinking water within the next 5 years

WHEN:           Tuesday, June 16th, 2:00 PM

WHERE:         Board of Supervisors Meeting

                             San Francisco City Hall

                             Room 250

WHAT:           Today the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will hear legislation sponsored by Supervisor Scott Wiener to require new developments to use onsite water reuse systems – like greywater and blackwater systems – for non-potable uses like toilet flushing and irrigation. The legislation also pushes city departments to use non-potable water for all cleaning and irrigation of public spaces within the next 5 years. Increasing the use of non-potable water will decrease the use of Hetch Hetchy drinking water for irrigation and toilet flushing. The legislation will require new large developments of 250,000 or more square feet to use onsite water reuse systems for non-potable uses, while also requiring all developments citywide 40,000 square feet and above to go through an onsite water reuse analysis by the PUC. These systems include capturing greywater from sinks and laundries, rainwater, and foundation water. The legislation will also make it city policy that within the next 5 years, city departments use only non-potable water for irrigation and cleaning of public spaces, like streets, parks, plazas and medians. City departments must report back within two years on the feasibility and needs required of implementing these policies, including budget costs. The legislation has been endorsed by the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters. The Land Use and Transportation Committee unanimously endorsed the legislation last Monday.

CONTACT:    Supervisor Scott Wiener, (415) 554-6968, scott.wiener@sfgov.org


LAND USE COMMITTEE TO HEAR RESOLUTION BY SUPERVISORS WIENER AND COHEN TO SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE POLICE STAFFING IN LIGHT OF POPULATION GROWTH, LOW STAFFING LEVELS, AND HIGH CRIME RATES

While San Francisco’s population has grown significantly, as have crime rates, police staffing has gone down, and San Francisco has less staffing than peer cities. Report by Controller will show need for increased police staffing by hundreds of officers. Resolution by Supervisors Wiener and Cohen calls for policy to increase police staffing levels

WHEN:           Monday, June 15th, 1:30 PM

WHERE:         Land Use and Transportation Committee

                             San Francisco City Hall

                             Room 250

WHAT:           Today the Land Use and Transportation Committee will hear a report by the Controller’s Office on San Francisco police staffing levels and consider a resolution introduced by Supervisors Wiener and Cohen to tie police staffing goals to population growth. At the hearing, the Controller’s Office will present a report showing how San Francisco’s police staffing levels have decline in recent years and how overall staffing compares unfavorably to other cities. The current number of sworn full duty officers in San Francisco is 1,730, down from 1,951 in 2010.  This staffing places San Francisco significantly behind peer cities such as Washington, DC, Chicago, and Philadelphia in terms of police officers per capita.  As a result of this severe decline in staffing – at a time when San Francisco’s population has grown dramatically and when new neighborhoods have been created – the police department has struggled to have sufficient beat officers, effective traffic enforcement, and consistent enforcement against property crimes.  As San Francisco works to get back to acceptable police staffing levels, the question becomes what is the right staffing level. The City Charter as adopted in 1994 defines full staffing as 1,971 officers. Yet, that number is now outdated, since San Francisco has grown significantly since that number was adopted in 1994 – from 742,000 to 841,000, an increase of 13.3%. Supervisor Wiener and Cohen’s resolution takes that population growth into account by redefining full police staffing as over 2,200 (i.e., 13.3% above the 1,971 minimum staffing level set in 1994). The San Francisco Police Department will also present data at the hearing.

CONTACT:   Supervisor Scott Wiener, (415) 554-6968, scott.wiener@sfgov.org


SUPERVISORS WIENER AND COHEN INTRODUCE RESOLUTION CALLING FOR INCREASING POLICE STAFFING TO ACCOUNT FOR POPULATION GROWTH

While San Francisco’s population has grown significantly, as have crime rates, police staffing has gone down, and San Francisco has less staffing than peer cities. Report by Controller will show need for increased police staffing by hundreds of officers.

San Francisco, CA – This past Tuesday, Supervisors Scott Wiener and Malia Cohen introduced a resolution calling significantly increased police staffing levels to reflect San Francisco’s significant population growth, including adjusting the definition of “minimum staffing” upward by several hundred officers. The resolution will be heard this coming Monday at the Land Use and Transportation Committee, where the Controller’s Office will present a report on San Francisco police staffing that was requested earlier this year by Supervisors Wiener and Cohen. The Police Department will also present on crime trends and staffing needs. 

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