SUPERVISOR WIENER’S LEGISLATION TO ADOPT THE SAN FRANCISCO URBAN FOREST MASTER PLAN TO BE CONSIDERED TODAY BY THE LAND USE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Plan recommends ending the transfer of street tree maintenance to fronting property owners and replacing that effort with a municipally managed and operated street tree program.
The Land Use and Economic Development Committee today will consider legislation authored by Supervisor Wiener adopting the San Francisco Urban Forest Master Plan and setting the City’s long-term strategy to ensure the ongoing health and sustainability of the city’s street trees. The Plan identifies polices and strategies to proactively manage and grow the city’s street tree population and makes a key finding that the city’s current program of transferring street tree maintenance responsibility to property owners is a short-sighted solution and ultimately to the long-term detriment of street trees and the city as a whole. Late last year, Supervisor Wiener announced the formation of a working group to propose the creation of an Urban Forest Fund, with an associated funding source. That working group will begin meeting next month.
For the past several years, we've been engaged in a dialogue with the Fire Department about how best to embrace two critical public safety needs: fire safety and street safety. The Fire Department has advocated for wider streets, given the size of its trucks, whereas wider streets are more dangerous for all users, leading to increased speeds, more accidents, and more severe accidents. We want our fire trucks to be able to get to fires and other emergencies quickly, and, in fact, our department does an outstanding and heroic job doing just that. We also want our streets to be safe -- we have way too many accidents that injure or kill pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers -- and good street design is essential for safe streets. If the Fire Department is concerned about its trucks ability to maneuver on San Francisco's many, many narrow streets, the Department needs to evaluate how it can improve its trucks' ability to maneuver those streets.Read more
Along with Supervisor Cohen, I’ve asked the Police Department to report back on San Francisco’s troubling crime trends and how the Department is addressing the situation in light of chronic police short-staffing. I have asked for an analysis of police staffing levels in San Francisco, what the city can do to ensure adequate staffing levels as the city population grows, and what the Police Department is doing now given recent increases in crime to ensure that our neighborhoods and residents are safe. San Francisco has long lacked appropriate police staffing numbers for a city of its size and complexity.Read more
Budget & Legislative Analyst Releases Report Requested by Supervisor Wiener Analyzing Relationship Between Fire Truck Design & Pedestrian Safety
Report recommends that the Fire Department adopt policies and procedures to better guide the purchase of new vehicles to ensure that both emergency response and road safety interests of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists are advanced.
San Francisco, CA – Today, the Board of Supervisor’s Budget and Legislative Analyst released a report requested by Supervisor Scott Wiener evaluating whether San Francisco’s fire trucks are too large for our narrow streets. A key finding in that report is that the Fire Department lacks protocols to consider street design and pedestrian safety when it procures new vehicles.Read more
Today the San Francisco Chronicle ran a nice profile of me. It basically says I'm boring and nerdy but work hard. I'll take that.Read more
I'm moving forward with a package of reforms to San Francisco's ballot measure system to make it more transparent and fair, based in part on the bipartisan reform recently adopted by the State Legislature for statewide measures.Read more
SUPERVISOR WIENER TO PURSUE BALLOT MEASURE REFORM IN SAN FRANCISCO
Proposal, similar to reform measure recently adopted by State Legislature for statewide measures, will improve process by disclosing large donors real time, requiring public dialogue between ballot measure proponents and elected officials, giving proponents more flexibility to amend or withdraw their measure, and making the number of signatures required more stable
San Francisco – Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener requested that the City Attorney begin preparing a charter amendment for the November 2015 ballot to reform San Francisco's ballot measure system to make it more transparent, require better disclosure of donors, encourage more dialogue in crafting ballot measures, reduce significant fluctuations in the number of signatures required, and provide the proponents of ballot measures -- whether residents or elected officials -- with greater flexibility in amending and improving the measures before they go on the ballot. The measure is partly modeled on recent reform legislation adopted by the State Legislature for statewide ballot measures.
I'm flattered that SFGate named me one of the most interesting Bay Area people of 2014.
"Supervisor Scott Wiener — It's hard to miss S.F. supervisor Scott Wiener. He's 6-foot-7, for one, and he made headlines in September for becoming the first public figure in the nation to disclose that he's taking a drug that prevents HIV infection. He also introduced the controversial soda tax ballot measure that went to vote in November."Read more
The FDA is ending the lifetime ban on blood donation by gay and bisexual men. It's replacing the lifetime ban with a ban on blood donation by men who've had sex with a man in the past year. While it's progress to eliminate the discriminatory and irrational lifetime ban, the change doesn't go far enough and will continue to exclude most gay and bisexual men from donating blood. Modern HIV testing allows detection of the HIV virus within two weeks of infection. There's no public health rationale to extend the ban for a full year after sexual contact. Moreover, the ban continues to ignore the fact that sexually active straight people are also at risk. It's time to end this discrimination.Read more
Market Street is the central boulevard of our city, and we have made great strides in improving its vitality over the past few years. It is also the spine of our transit system, with buses, a subway and surface rail lines, as well as thousands of bikes and pedestrians using our streets and sidewalks every day. To celebrate Market Street and all this civic movement, I am sponsoring legislation to allow the LightRail art project, a light installation by the organization behind the Bay Lights, to install an LED lighting art project that will mimic the movement of the subway trains as they travel up and down Market Street. This is a great public project that will make Market an even more vibrant street for residents and visitors.Read more