Getting to Zero HIV Infections

San Francisco was ground zero for the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and now it is ground zero for the effort to eliminate new HIV/AIDS infections. I'm proud to be part of the amazing work being done by the Getting to Zero Consortium, which is comprised of public health leaders and workers fighting to end new infections of this terrible disease in San Francisco. The PBS Newshour interviewed me as part of a look into this effort. You can watch the story here


Water Conservation: Mandating Water Reuse Systems

California is in a serious water crisis, but this is also a long-term problem. We need to start implementing policies to change how we conserve and consume water. That's why I introduced legislation at the Board of Supervisors to to require onsite water reuse systems – for example, graywater and storm water recapture systems – in new developments and to push city departments to use non-potable water for all cleaning and irrigation of public spaces within the next 5 years. This is an important step towards no longer using our precious drinking water for flushing toilets.

Click here to read about the legislation. 


SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE ORDINANCE MANDATING WATER REUSE SYSTEMS IN NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND ESTABLISHING POLICY OF REUSED WATER FOR CLEANING AND IRRIGATING PUBLIC SPACES

Ordinance will require onsite water reuse systems in large developments in certain areas of the city 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, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to require onsite water reuse systems – for example, graywater and storm water recapture systems – in new developments and to push 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.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER’S STATEMENT APPLAUDING NEW PROPOSAL TO EXPAND BAY AREA BIKE SHARE

Proposal announced today by the Mayors of five Bay Area cities and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission – on which Supervisor Wiener serves -- will expand the regional bike share network through a public-private partnership

San Francisco – Today Supervisor Scott Wiener released the following statement after the Mayors of San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville announced a proposal to partner with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to expand the Bay Area bike share program by entering into a public-private partnership with Motivate:

“I applaud this proposal to dramatically expand bike share in San Francisco and the Bay Area,” said Supervisor Wiener, who serves as a Commissioner on the MTC. “A robust and sustainable bike share network is a key part of being a Transit First city and will allow us to reap the benefits of bike share, including reducing traffic, improving public transit, and stimulating the local economy. I’ve been an active supporter of bike share at both the MTC and the Board of Supervisors, and I will continue to work to bring this critical transit program to more neighborhoods in San Francisco.”

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO HOLD HEARING TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT PREDICAMENT OF LONG-TERM HIV SURVIVORS WHOSE PRIVATE DISABILITY INSURANCE TERMINATES AT SOCIAL SECURITY ELIGIBILITY

Analysis by Budget and Legislative Analyst shows that a discrete population of long-term HIV survivors are approaching age 65, at which point their private disability insurance will end, leading to a significant drop in income and resulting housing instability

 

WHEN:          Wednesday, April 1st, 10:00am

WHERE:        Budget and Finance Committee

                           Board of Supervisors

                           San Francisco City Hall, Room 250

WHAT:           Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will hold a hearing to discuss the expected financial needs created by the increase of people living with HIV/AIDS who will lose their private disability insurance as they become eligible for Social Security benefits. The Budget and Legislative Analyst recently released a report quantifying the number of people estimated to be impacted and the financial support needed. The percentage of San Franciscans living with HIV/AIDS who are 50 years or older has increased by more than 100% since 2004 and now comprises 55% of the total population of HIV-positive people living. Supervisor Wiener is calling for action now to prevent potential negative outcomes in the future – particularly loss of housing due to this drop in income – for San Franciscans living with HIV/AIDS. According to the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s report, the annual income of people living with HIV/AIDS on private disability insurance is expected to drop by an average of 40% when they become eligible for Social Security. As a result, the percentage of these individuals’ monthly income that would go towards rent would increase from 45% to 74%. At the hearing, Supervisor Wiener will ask both the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office and community organizations to report on the projected number of San Franciscans who will be affected, as well as the fiscal impact that losing private disability insurance will have on each of these individuals.

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


My March Newsletter

Here's my latest monthly newsletter, describing our work and happenings around town. You can read it by clicking here. If you want to join my newsletter mailing list, email newsletterwiener@sfgov.org.


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES SUPERVISOR WIENER’S LGBT SENIORS LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES BILL OF RIGHTS ORDINANCE

Groundbreaking legislation -- recommended by the LGBT Aging Task Force -- will prohibit discrimination faced by LGBT seniors in long-term care facilities.

San Francisco – Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Scott Wiener’s LGBT Senior Long Term Care Facilities Bill of Rights Ordinance, which will prohibit discrimination faced by LGBT Seniors.  The ordinance originated as a recommendation from the LGBT Aging Task Force’s policy report, “LGBT Aging at the Golden Gate,” and will make it illegal to discriminate against patients in long-term care facilities based on their sexual orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression or HIV status.

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Protecting Our LGBT Seniors in Long-Term Care Facilities

Published in the Huffington Post on March 31, 2015

By Scott Wiener

Co-authored by Daniel Redman

LGBT seniors blazed the trail for our community. They stood their ground at Stonewall and Compton's Cafeteria and kept our community alive during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. They laid the groundwork for so many of our recent successes.

Our LGBT senior population is growing. In San Francisco we estimate that we currently have 18,000 to 20,000 LGBT residents aged 60 and older. This number is expected to double by 2050. For our seniors today and tomorrow we must act now to address their needs.

Today the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on groundbreaking legislation protecting LGBT seniors who are living in long-term care facilities, whether nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, or other similar housing. This legislation, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and HIV status, is long overdue and serves as a model for the rest of the country.

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO VOTE ON SUPERVISOR WIENER’S LGBT SENIORS LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY BILL OF RIGHTS ORDINANCE

Groundbreaking legislation -- recommended by the LGBT Aging Task Force -- will prohibit discrimination faced by LGBT seniors in long-term care facilities.

WHEN:                Tuesday, March 31st, 2:00pm

WHERE:               Board of Supervisors Meeting

                               San Francisco City Hall, Room 250                                                        

WHAT:                Today the Board of Supervisors will vote on Supervisor Scott Wiener’s Long-term Care Facility Residents’ Bill of Rights Ordinance. The ordinance originated as a recommendation from the LGBT Aging Task Force’s policy report, and would make it illegal to discriminate against patients in long-term care facilities based on their sexual orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression or HIV status. As LGBT seniors enter long-term care facilities, staff in some facilities lack training or protocols for dealing with aging LGBT populations. While discrimination against LGBT seniors is prohibited under existing State law, evidence shows that it remains a significant problem. This ordinance will not only amend the Police Code to prohibit discrimination against residents long-term care facilities in San Francisco on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status, but it will also provide aggrieved persons with the right to seek investigation and mediation by the Human Rights Commission. It will also create a private right of action for violations. The ordinance specifies a number of requirements for long-term care facilities when caring for LGBT residents. These include, for example, respecting residents wishes to be addressed in the pronoun of their choice, a prohibition on eviction of residents due to their LGBT status, and forbidding the denial of appropriate medical care specific to an LGBT patient’s needs.  The ordinance also imposes certain additional requirements around record keeping, confidentiality, privacy, and designating a staff member as an LGBT liaison. 

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


SUPERVISORS WIENER AND CAMPOS TO INTRODUCE RESOLUTION CONDEMNING ANTI-LGBT INDIANA LAW

Indiana’s So-Called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” uses the guise of religious freedom to condone discrimination against the LGBT community

San Francisco – Today, Supervisors Scott Wiener and David Campos will introduce a resolution denouncing Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” which provides individuals and businesses a license to discriminate against individuals. The resolution also calls for City Departments and private businesses to end business relations with the State of Indiana. 

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