SUPERVISOR WIENER TO CALL FOR HEARING 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 be asked to explore potential legislative solutions, including expanding water recycling/reuse efforts and requiring separate water meters within multi-unit buildings

San Francisco, CA - At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for an oversight hearing on the City's response to the drought, and potential legislative solutions to improve San Francisco's water conservation efforts. Areas of policy exploration include increasing water recycling/reuse and requiring individual water meters and plumbing systems that allow for water reuse. The hearing will take place at the first Government Audit and Oversight Committee hearing in September.

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Clean Energy and Better Infrastructure: A Great Combination

7/23/14
San Francisco Bay Guardian

By Scott Wiener

Achieving a more sustainable San Francisco means a city running on clean power. It also means maintaining our infrastructure to keep San Francisco functioning. Right now, our city can do better on both fronts, and the legislation we are sponsoring will help move us in the right direction by increasing our use of clean, hydro-electric power while generating more revenue for infrastructure investment in our streetlight and power systems.

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Transit Funding Charter Amendment Placed on Ballot

night_bus.jpgThe Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to place my Population-Based Transit Funding Charter Amendment on the ballot for this November. This Charter amendment will tie MTA funding levels so that it increases with as our population grows. To learn more about measure, click on the links below.

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Soda Tax Placed on the November Ballot

16soda.cityroom.jpgThe San Francisco Board of Supervisors officially voted to place a two penny per ounce tax to fund health, nutrition and physical activity programs on the ballot for November's election. You can learn more about the proposal by clicking the links below.

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Ending Discriminatory Blood Donation Ban

gayblooddrive.jpgCurrent law bans gay and bisexual men from donating blood, which is a discriminatory policy that assumes all gay men have HIV. We need to change this law. I applaud and support the National Gay Blood Drive, which is starting a campaign to pressure the FDA to repeal this ban.  I've introduced a resolution calling on the federal government to end this band which the Board of Supervisors will vote on soon.

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Budget and Finance Committee Unanimously Passes Soda Tax

soda-machine.jpgThe Soda Tax moved one step closer to being placed on the ballot when the Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to recommend this to the Full Board for a vote next Tuesday. This important public health measure will place a two penny per ounce tax on all sodas and sugary beverags to fund health, nutrition and active recreation programs in our schools, parks and communities. I look forward to getting this measure onto the ballot.

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BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY VOTES TO RECOMMENDS SODA TAX

Full Board of Supervisors will vote on soda tax next Tuesday July 22, with 8 out of 11 Supervisors now having expressed public support

Tax will fund nutrition, health, and physical activity programs in public schools, parks, health centers, and elsewhere, to address the impacts of diabetes, obesity, and other negative health effects associated with these drinks

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Ballot Measure to Tie Muni Funding to Population Growth Moves Forward

munibus.jpgThe Rules Committee voted to move my charter amendment to increase Muni funding to the full Board of Supervisors. The measure will be voted on Tuesday, when the Board can decide to put this important funding mechanism on the ballot for the November election. For years we have chronically underfunded Muni. This amendment will begin to address this by tying Muni funding to population growth, so that as our city grows, we can keep pace with the level of service we need.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR END TO BAN ON BLOOD DONATION BY GAY MEN

Current federal rules established in 1983 prohibit any man who has had sex with another man at least once since 1977 from donating blood, regardless of other risk factors

San Francisco, CA - Today Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a resolution at the Board of Supervisors meeting calling for an end to the ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men. Currently, the Federal Drug Administration prohibits any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 from donating blood. The rationale stated by the FDA for these rules, which were established in 1983 during the height of the AIDS epidemic, is that men who have sex with men are at the highest risk for having HIV/AIDS. The rule has not changed in over thirty years, despite advances in health, awareness, and screening practices.

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Fixing Our Outdated Police Code

morgue11_games_pinball_backs-300x192.jpgOften our Municipal Code contains outdated and restrictive provisions that might have made sense in one era, but are no longer useful and can hinder how our city works. I've addressed this previously in legislation, and today I joined Supervisor London Breed to introduce legislation to fix some outdated provisions in the police code regarding arcade games. By fixing this code, we can improve flexibility for our small businesses to provide entertainment to customers and improve their economic health.

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