SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY PASSES FIRST IN THE NATION LEGISLATION TO COMBAT SODA ADVERTISING AND PROHIBIT CITY SPENDING ON SUGAR-SWEETENED BEVERAGES

Legislation introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener and Malia Cohen will make San Francisco the first jurisdiction to require health warnings on soda advertisements and to ban soda advertisements on publicly owned property. Supervisor Eric Mar’s legislation will prohibit city spending on sodas and sugary beverages

 

 

San Francisco, CA – Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation that will target advertising of sodas, by requiring health warnings on posted ads in San Francisco and banning ads on publicly owned property, and by prohibiting the use of city funds for the purchase of sugary beverages. The health warning legislation sponsored by Supervisor Wiener would make San Francisco the first jurisdiction in the nation to require health warnings in connection with sugar-sweetened beverages. The legislation banning advertisements on public property, sponsored by Supervisor Cohen, would make San Francisco the first city to take this action.

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO VOTE ON LEGISLATION TO PLACE HEALTH WARNINGS ON SODA ADVERTISEMENTS, BAN ADVERTISING ON PUBLIC PROPERTY AND PROHIBIT SPENDING OF PUBLIC FUNDS ON SUGARY BEVERAGES

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO VOTE ON LEGISLATION TO PLACE HEALTH WARNINGS ON SODA ADVERTISEMENTS, BAN ADVERTISING ON PUBLIC PROPERTY AND PROHIBIT SPENDING OF PUBLIC FUNDS ON SUGARY BEVERAGES

Legislation introduced by Supervisor Wiener will make San Francisco the first jurisdiction to require health warnings on soda advertisements posted in San Francisco. At same meeting Board will also vote on legislation by Supervisors Malia Cohen and Eric Mar to ban soda advertisements on publicly owned property, and prohibit city spending on sodas and sugary beverages

WHEN:           Tuesday, June 9th, 2:00 PM

WHERE:         Board of Supervisors Meeting

                             San Francisco City Hall

                             Room 250

WHAT:           Today the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on legislation sponsored by Supervisor Scott Wiener to require health warnings on posted ads in San Francisco. The warning will read the following “WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County of San Francisco.” This legislation will be the first time any level of government has required health warnings in connection with sugary drinks. The size of the warnings will be at least 20% of the ad space, which is the standard required by the FDA on tobacco warnings. At the same hearing, the Board of Supervisors will also vote on legislation by Supervisor Cohen to prohibit the placement of advertisements for sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages on city owned property. Currently, tobacco and alcohol advertisements are subject to this prohibition. Supervisor Mar’s legislation will ban the use of city funds, whether by city departments or city contractor, on the purchase of sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages.

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

                        Supervisor Malia Cohen, (415) 554-7670, yoyo.chan@sfgov.org

                        Supervisor Eric Mar, (415) 554-7410, erirc.l.mar@sfgov.org


LAND USE COMMITTEE TO HEAR SUPERVISOR WIENER’S ORDINANCE MANDATING WATER RECYCLING SYSTEMS IN NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND ESTABLISHING RECYCLED WATER POLICY 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

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Fighting for LGBT Seniors

Ever since the LGBT Aging Policy Task Force made its recommendations last year, we have been working to put these policies in place. We've had success in passing the LGBT Senior Bill of Rights for people living in long-term care facilities and worked hard to secure funding for many critical programs. There is more the report recommends, and more that we can do.  I look forward to continuing to take this issue on in the coming months. You can read more about our work in this great overview in The Bay Area Reporter here.


With rejection of Mission moratorium, let’s move forward with solutions

Op-Ed Printed in the San Francisco Examiner June 3, 2015

By Scott Wiener

On Tuesday night, the Board of Supervisors rejected a moratorium on new housing in the Mission. This contentious issue arose from the very real housing crisis facing San Francisco. Too many people are losing their housing. Too many people are being forced from The City. And, we are at risk of losing our history of welcoming new residents of all backgrounds to make lives in our city. This crisis requires bold and aggressive actions in our approach to housing in San Francisco.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE TENANT PROTECTION NOTIFICATION LEGISLATION

SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE TENANT PROTECTION NOTIFICATION LEGISLATION

Ordinance will require 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, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce 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.

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KQED Forum: Mission Moratorium

The Mission Moratorium plan to stop all new housing development that is not 100% affordable housing is an ill-conceived policy introduced in response to a very real and serious problem. We absolutely must do more to create new housing for people in San Francisco and protect those who currently live here from evictions. This requires a broad range of solutions, but halting construction of new housing should not be one of them. A moratorium will increase pressures on existing residents while depleting funding for badly needed affordable housing construction. Last week, I took part in a debate on this issue on KQED's Forum, which you can listen to here


LEGISLATION TO COMBAT SODA AND SUGARY BEVERAGE ADVERTISING AND PROHIBIT CITY SPENDING ON SUGARY BEVERAGES TO BE HEARD AT LAND USE COMMITTEE

LEGISLATION TO COMBAT SODA AND SUGARY BEVERAGE ADVERTISING AND PROHIBIT CITY SPENDING ON SUGARY BEVERAGES TO BE HEARD AT LAND USE COMMITTEE

Legislation introduced by Supervisors Cohen, Mar and Wiener will require health warnings on soda advertisements posted in San Francisco, ban soda advertisements on publicly owned property, and prohibit city spending on sodas and sugary beverages

WHEN:           Monday, June 1st, 1:30 PM

WHERE:         Land Use and Transportation Committee

                           San Francisco City Hall

                           Room 250

WHAT:           Today the Land Use and Transportation Committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will hear legislation sponsored by Supervisors Malia Cohen, Eric Mar and Scott Wiener to address the health impacts associated with the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. The legislation will target advertising of sodas, by requiring health warnings on posted ads in San Francisco and banning ads on publically owned property, and prohibiting the use of city funds for the purchase of sugary beverages. Each piece of legislation is detailed below.

  • Supervisor Wiener’s legislation requiring health warnings on all posted advertisements for sugar-sweetened beverages with 25 or more calories per 12 ounces. The warning will read the following “WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County of San Francisco.” The size of the warnings will be at least 20% of the ad space, which is the standard required by the FDA on tobacco warnings.
  • Supervisor Cohen’s legislation will prohibit the placement of advertisements for sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages on city owned property. Currently, tobacco and alcohol advertisements are subject to this prohibition. There will be an exception for permitted events in public spaces, like Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park, where the permit and lease can grant separate rules.
  • Supervisor Mar will introduce legislation that bans the use of city funds, whether by city departments or city contractor, on the purchase of sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages.

 

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

                          Supervisor Malia Cohen, (415) 554-7670, yoyo.chan@sfgov.org

                          Supervisor Eric Mar, (415) 554-7410, eric.l.mar@sfgov.org


Bike Share Expansion Approved by MTC

Ever since the introduction of our pilot bike share program here, I have been advocating for a significant expansion of the program in order for San Francisco to truly reap the benefits of a bike share program.  Yesterday, at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission -- the regional transportation funding body on which I serve as a commissioner -- we approved a new proposal to dramatically increase bike share throughout the Bay Area. This proposal will increase San Francisco's bike share program from the current 350 bikes to 4,500 bikes. I look forward to working here in San Francisco to implement this city-wide bike share network. You can read more about this great news here


Jewish Heritage Month Celebration

Last week, we celebrated our first (and soon to be annual) Jewish Heritage Month Celebration at City Hall. This event, which I co-hosted with Mayor Ed Lee, was a wonderful celebration of the great contributions that the Jewish Community has made to San Francisco since its founding. A special thank you goes out to the Jewish Community Relations Council for organizing the event. You can read more about the evening here



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