This week, the Board of Supervisors approved my resolution to call for good labor relations between shuttle drivers and the companies who run the commuter shuttles that use our bus stops. Employee shuttles are an important service for San Francisco residents and reduce the number of cars on our streets. We need to make sure that the men and women driving these shuttles are treated fairly and have good working conditions. You can read more about the resolution and its passage here.
Recently I appeared on KQED Newsroom to discuss private transit services, like Leap and Chariot. The fact that these services are drawing commuters means that people are eager to find alternatives to personal automobiles, which is good for our transit first city, and that Muni is neither reliable nor robust enough to meet the needs of transit riders. We need to invest more in our transportation system. You can watch the show at http://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/newsroom/
SUPERVISOR WIENER TO HOLD HEARING TODAY ON EXTREME DRUG COST ESCALATIONS BY INSURERS FOR HIV DRUGS AND OTHER MEDICATIONS
Recent reclassification of life-saving drugs as "specialty tier" has exploded monthly drug costs for many patients with HIV, cancer, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C, and other diseases and may violate the Affordable Care ActRead more
Supervisor Katy Tang and I recently sent Superintendent Richard Carranza a letter concerning a change in policy regarding 8th Grade Math Curriculum. You can read the text of the letter below or by clicking on the PDF versions at the bottom of this page in English, Chinese, and Spanish.
The LGBT Center has announced that it will take over the organizing role for Pink Saturday, the street party that occurs on Castro Street on the Saturday of Pride Weekend. I'm thrilled that Pink Saturday will go on. I want to thank the LGBT Center for taking on this role, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who have run Pink Saturday for the last twenty years. This is such an important event for our community. You can read more details here.
SUPERVISOR WIENER TO HOST PRESS CONFERENCE BEFORE COMMITTEE HEARING ON LGBT SENIORS LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY BILL OF RIGHTS
Groundbreaking legislation -- recommended by the LGBT Aging Task Force -- will prohibit discrimination faced by LGBT seniors in long-term care facilities.
WHEN: Thursday, March 19th, 10:00 am
WHERE: San Francisco City Hall, Room 278
WHAT: Press Conference - LGBT Long-term Care Facility Resident’s Bill of Rights
Supervisor Wiener will host a press conference tomorrow regarding his LGBT Long-term Care Facility Residents’ Bill of Rights. 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. Hearing to follow at 10:30am at the Government Audit and Oversight Committee, Room 263.
CONTACT: Supervisor Scott Wiener, (415) 554 - 6968, firstname.lastname@example.org
PINK SATURDAY TO GO ON AFTER CITY AND THE SF LGBT CENTER REACH AGREEMENT TO PUT ON PRIDE WEEKEND EVENT
SF LGBT Center will take on organizing annual Pride weekend event with assistance from the City
San Francisco, CA – Today Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Scott Wiener announced that the SF LGBT Center will be putting on Pink Saturday this year, with funding assistance from the City. Pink Saturday, the street party that takes place every year on Castro Street the evening before the San Francisco Pride Parade, had been in jeopardy after the previous organizers of the event, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, informed the community they would not be putting on the event this year. Supervisor Wiener and the Mayor’s Office worked to find a community partner to take on the organizing role, which led to the identification of the SF LGBT Center, a non-profit which serves the San Francisco LGBT community.Read more
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY PASSES SUPERVISOR WIENER’S LEGISLATION TO ALLOW CONSTRUCTION OF NEW IN-LAW UNITS IN BUILDINGS UNDERGOING SEISMIC RETROFITS
Ordinance allows construction of new in-law units in buildings undergoing either mandatory or voluntary soft-story seismic retrofits, which will incentivize creation of new housing as well as seismic upgrades
San Francisco, CA – Yesterday the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation to allow the construction of new in-law units in buildings that are undergoing either mandatory or voluntary soft-story seismic retrofits. Adding new in-law units to a building while it is being retrofitted will be efficient and cost-effective for property owners by combining two projects into one, will add new and more affordable housing stock, will provide a financial benefit for owners who are being mandated to perform often expensive retrofits, and will incentivize owners to perform voluntary retrofits.Read more
SAN FRANCISCO SUPERVISORS TO INTRODUCE NEW LEGISLATION COMBATTING SODA ADVERTISING AND PROHIBITING CITY SPENDING ON SUGAR-SWEETENED BEVERAGES
Supervisors Cohen, Mar and Wiener will introduce legislation to 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
San Francisco, CA – Today, three San Francisco Supervisors who led the San Francisco Soda Tax Campaign in 2014 will introduce new legislation to combat chronic diseases caused by the consumption of sodas and other sugary beverages. Supervisors Malia Cohen, Eric Mar and Scott Wiener have authored legislation that 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.Read more
MTA, SFPD will report on city policy and enforcement against double parking
WHEN: Monday, March 9th, 1:30 PM
WHERE: Land Use and Transportation Committee
Board of Supervisors
San Francisco City Hall, Room 250
WHAT: Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will hold a hearing on double parking in San Francisco. This is a follow-up to the Supervisor’s initial hearing in September of 2013, which focused on the City’s enforcement or lack of enforcement, as well as the impact double parking has on vehicular traffic flow, bicycling, Muni, and pedestrian safety. As today’s hearing, the Municipal Transportation Agency and San Francisco Police Department will present on progress made since the last hearing, as well what the City’s ongoing plan is to mitigate the effects of double parking.
CONTACT: Supervisor Scott Wiener, (415) 554-6968, email@example.com