SUPERVISOR WIENER PUSHES FOR SAN FRANCISCO TO ADOPT MORE TRANSPARENT AND SECURE ELECTION TECHNOLOGY

Resolution introduced today would have San Francisco join statewide good government group working to replace privately-owned, "black box" software voting systems with publicly-viewable and shareable open source technology

San Francisco - At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a resolution calling for San Francisco to join the California Association of Voting Officials (CAVO), an organization formed to push for the creation of free, open source voting systems for elections. Open source voting means that the technology used to administer elections is publicly available, allowing for greater accountability and transparency. The current system consists of private vendors holding proprietary software that is unavailable for public review.

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Board of Supervisors Passes Urban Street Design Guide Legislation

nacto.jpgSafe and livable streets start with smart street design reflecting the needs of all users. Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved my legislation to adopt the official street design policies of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). For San Francisco to have a more sustainable future, we need an environment that encourages and allows people to safely and enjoyably walk, bike, and use transit, in addition to driving. These new guidelines - reflecting a forward-thinking, progressive approach to urban street design - will extend San Francisco's Better Streets Policy, which focuses on sidewalks, to include the entire cross section of the street, including not only sidewalks but also travel lanes, bike lanes, and intersections.

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PASSES SUPERVISOR WIENER’S LEGISLATION ADOPTING URBAN STREET DESIGN BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES

Guidelines from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) establish a policy for how best to design streets and sidewalks to be safe for all users in an urban, multi-modal environment

San Francisco - Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Supervisor Scott Wiener's legislation adopting street design guidelines established by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). These new guidelines - reflecting a forward-thinking, progressive approach to urban street design - will extend San Francisco's Better Streets Policy, which focuses on sidewalks, to include the entire cross section of the street, including not only sidewalks but also travel lanes, bike lanes, and intersections.  This policy will guide all future street projects.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO HOLD HEARING TODAY ON CITY RESPONSE TO DROUGHT AND LEGISLATIVE SOLUTIONS - SUCH AS REQUIRING SEPARATE WATER METERS IN NEW BUILDINGS - TO REDUCE WATER USAGE

City Departments will report on practices and policies being implemented to reduce water usage and will explore potential legislative solutions, including expanding water recycling/reuse efforts and requiring separate water meters within multi-unit buildings

WHEN:           Monday, October 6th, 1:30 PM

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

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Our Failing Street Tree Policy

north-beach-tree.jpgOur misguided City policy to transfer ownership of streets trees to private property owners isn't working. Two years ago I held a hearing where we reviewed potential solutions to this problem, but nothing has been done since then other than to transfer more trees to property owners who didn't plant the trees, don't necessarily know how to take care of the trees, and didn't ask for maintenance responsibilities of these trees. Our urban forest is too important to be treated like this, so Board President David Chiu and I have called for a hearing to review the policy and to push for a better solution.

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SUPERVISORS DAVID CHIU AND SCOTT WIENER TO CALL FOR HEARING ON STRUGGLING CITY STREET TREE PROGRAM

Hearing will focus on the challenges resulting from the program to transfer ownership and maintenance responsibilities for street trees from the city to private property owners

San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisors David Chiu and Scott Wiener will call for a hearing on San Francisco's ongoing program to transfer ownership of all street trees from the city to private property owners. This program, which was enacted by the Department of Public Works after years of budget cuts, has shifted the maintenance responsibilities for street trees to adjacent property owners. This has subjected a large number of San Francisco's more than 105,000 street trees to inconsistent and negligent maintenance practices.

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Transbay Transit District Approved

pelli_transbay_design.jpgYesterday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to adopt the assessment district for the Transbay Transit District. As part of the creation of the Transbay Transit District - with massive up-zoning of heights - the developers in the district agreed to, and are required to, participate in an assessment district through which the developers pay impact fees to help fund both the transit center and the train extension. Recently with property values skyrocketing -- and therefore property tax payments also increasing -- the developers attempted to reduce this tax amount saying that though they agreed to a specific tax rate, it shouldn't be applied to current property values. They have also threatened lawsuits if the City moves forward. I'm happy that the Board and Mayor Lee have held strong on the deal that has already been agreed to by all sides previously. It is essential that we maintain these tax obligations -- which are in exchange for the massive benefits that come up with up-zoning -- to fund our downtown Caltrain extension.

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Making Pink Saturday a Success

01_12_pink_sat_16_lrg1.gifPink Saturday is an important event that should be a celebration of the Castro neighborhood and the LGBT community. However, over the last few years we have encountered significant challenges, including bouts of violence that have marred the festival.  The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have done a tremendous job managing the event in the past, but they are understandably frustrated with the current state of Pink Saturday. We convened a community meeting to discuss the issues around Pink Saturday, and I will continue to work with the city and the Sisters to come up with solutions to make this important celebration successful.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO CALL FOR HEARING ON MUNI’S PLANS TO ENSURE NEAR TERM VIABILTIY OF PROBLEMATIC LIGHT RAIL FLEET

Hearing will focus on light rail vehicle shortage and lack of reliability, as well as Muni's plans to keep these vehicles running until the arrival of the next generation of light rail vehicles

San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for a hearing on the state of Muni's light rail vehicles (LRVs) - including the existing vehicle shortage and lack of reliability - as well as Muni's plans to keep the light rail fleet viable and improve reliability over the next number of years through the arrival of the new Siemens light rail vehicles.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE OFFICIAL CITY STREETLIGHT POLICY

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

San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation setting policies and standards for the city's struggling streetlight system. Currently, a portion of San Francisco's streetlights are owned by the City's Public Utilities Commission and a portion by PG&E, a private utility. Supervisor Wiener's legislation will set clear standards for streetlights, including transitioning to pedestrian-grade lighting, requiring that streetlights be repaired within 48 hours of being reported as broken, transitioning to light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, and developing a single, city-managed streetlight program by making it official city policy to acquire PG&E's streetlights.

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