SUPERVISOR WIENER’S LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN SAN FRANCISCO'S PUBLIC POWER SYSTEM AND PROVIDE MORE CLEAN, REVENUE-GENERATING ENERGY TO BE HEARD IN COMMITTEE

Ordinance grants the SF Public Utilities Commission the first right of refusal to provide clean, hydroelectric Hetch Hetchy power to new public and private developments, which will increase clean energy distribution and allow for enhanced infrastructure investment for the nearly $900 million in capital needs, including the city's deteriorated streetlight system

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES SUPERVISOR WIENER’S STREETLIGHT REFORM LEGISLATION

Legislation will make it city policy to develop pedestrian lighting standards, establish more efficient and responsive repair practices, transition to LED lighting, and develop a single, city-owned streetlight program, with the City acquiring PG&E's streetlight

San Francisco - Today, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Wiener's legislation to reform San Francisco's streetlight program. San Francisco's streetlights, which are divided between the Public Utilities Commission and Pacific Gas & Electric, suffer from extended burnouts, significant deferred maintenance, and slow repair response time. This legislation will create a clear citywide policy reforming streetlight ownership and management, including setting as a policy objective that the PUC acquire all PG&E owned streetlights.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR RECURRING VISION ZERO OVERSIGHT HEARINGS TO ENSURE PROJECT DELIVERY TO MAKE STREETS SAFER

Given ongoing delays in delivering street safety projects in a timely manner, recurring hearing - to occur every 60 days - will focus on progress and delivery of projects identified to help City achieve its Vision Zero policy goal of ending the epidemic of deaths on San Francisco's streets

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A Permanent Solution for our Street Tree Problem

fallen-tree-3.jpgOur urban forest is a vital part of our city, but we have done a poor job of investing in this important asset. Our current policy of transferring ownership of street trees to private property owners who didn't plant the trees, didn't ask to take care of the trees and might not have the capacity or financial means to take care of our trees is endangering our urban forest and our streets. Just last week, four trees fell down on a single day, including one that landed on a construction worker. To address this, I have asked the City Attorney to begin drafting an Urban Forestry Fund, which will be a permanent funding solution to take care of our trees. This fund will be filled by either a parcel tax or a budget set-aside, or some combination thereof, that must be approved by the voters. The approval of this measure would be contingent on the cancellation of the city relinquishment policy that dumps responsibility for these trees on private property owners. I will also be forming a working group to explore how best to structure this fund, and I look forward to hearing from a wide range of interests as we move forward with this important effort to improve the health of our city's trees.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INITIATE DRAFTING OF BALLOT MEASURE TO CREATE LONG-TERM FUNDING SOLUTION FOR SAN FRANCISCO'S TREE PROBLEMS

Urban Forest Fund, with dedicated long-term funding through some combination of parcel tax and budget baseline, will be conditioned on city taking back responsibility for deteriorated street trees and provide permanent funding for both street trees and park trees

San Francisco - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener requested that the City Attorney begin preparing a ballot measure - for either 2015 or 2016 - to provide an overdue, long-term, sustainable funding solution for San Francisco's under-funded, neglected, and deteriorating urban forest. The ballot measure will create a dedicated Urban Forest Fund to ensure proper and consistent maintenance, as well as expansion, of our street trees and park trees.

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Granting the Imperial Council Use of the City Seal

blog_imperial_court_11_14-300x225.jpgThe Imperial Council is celebrating its 50th Anniversary next year, and today the Government Audit and Oversight Committee approved my resolution to allow the Council to use the official city seal on its materials during next year's celebration. The Council is an essential part of our cultural fabric, and I'm proud to have helped them secure this rare honor, which has only been granted by the Board of Supervisors 22 times since 1979. I look forward to celebrating with the Imperial Council next year.

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LAND USE COMMITTEE TO VOTE TODAY ON SUPERVISOR WIENER’S STREETLIGHT REFORM LEGISLATION

Legislation will make it city policy to develop pedestrian lighting standards, establish more efficient and responsive repair practices, transition to LED lighting, and develop a single, city-owned streetlight program, with the City acquiring PG&E's streetlights

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My October Newsletter

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SUPERVISORS WIENER AND CHIU TO HOLD HEARING TODAY ON CITY’S PROGRAM TRANSFERRING MAINTENANCE RESPONSIBILITY OF STREET TREES TO PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS

City Departments will report on tree transfer program, issues encountered with those transfers, and potential solutions for halting the unfair practice.

WHEN:       Monday, October 27th, 1:30PM

WHERE:     Land Use and Economic Development Committee
                    Board of Supervisors
                    San Francisco City Hall, Room 263

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Fixing Our Street Tree Program

streettree-203x300.jpgBoard President David Chiu and I held a hearing this week on the city's street tree relinquishment program, which has resulted in the city transferring ownership of thousands of trees to private property owners. This flawed program shifts the care of our city-planted trees onto property owners who didn't plant the trees and may not know how to take care of them. We need to find a sustainable funding source for the city to take care of our street trees to keep them healthy and thriving.

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