Stopping Subversion of Pedestrian Safety on our Streets

hunters_point_0003_jc1.jpgAt today's Board of Supervisors meeting, I called for a series of measures to ensure safe street design and to bolster pedestrian safety and neighborhood livability. Recently, the Fire Department and the Department of Public Works have attempted to widen the streets in new developments at Hunters Point and Candlestick Point in direct contradiction to directives from the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors and years of neighborhood planning. To address this, I will be proposing amendments to the Fire, Public Works, and Administrative Codes to clarify required street widths and oversight of approvals related to street widths. I have also called for a hearing on the specific proposal to widen the streets at Hunters Point and Candlestick Point. Additionally, I've requested a report by the Budget Legislative Analyst on the possibility of the Fire Department using smaller trucks on San Francisco's many narrow streets, as well as a hearing on this report.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR MEASURES TO STOP SUBVERSION OF PEDESTRIAN STREET SAFETY DUE TO ACTIONS OF CITY DEPARTMENTS

Recent insistence by Fire Department and Department of Public Works on overly wide, suburban-style streets in Hunters Point and Candlestick Point developments - ignoring clear pedestrian safety directives - demonstrates the need for code changes, smaller fire trucks, and oversight measures governing San Francisco street design

San Francisco, CA - At today's Board of Supervisors meetings, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for a series of measures - including Fire Code amendments and an evaluation of whether San Francisco's fire trucks are too large for our narrow streets - to ensure safe street design and bolster pedestrian safety and neighborhood livability.

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Muni Performance Hearing

muni.jpgYesterday, MTA delivered its latest Quarterly Muni Performance Report at a hearing at the Land Use and Economic Development Committee. At the hearing, we learned that ridership on Muni is up and that on-time performance is essentially unchanged from a year ago. The good news is that we are slowly adding vehicles to the fleet and a number of operational enhancements that are improving service in our system. But we are still suffering from subway service disruptions, and our buses are more crowded than they've ever been during rush hour. We need to continue to work to fund Muni operations and prioritize these improvements for all of our transit riders.


SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR COMPREHENSIVE LATE NIGHT TRANSPORTATION PLAN

After hearing on late night transportation - and inadequacies leading to problems for late night businesses, workers, and patrons - resolution will form working group to formulate an integrated plan to improve late night transportation

San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a resolution at the Board of Supervisors calling for the formation of a Late Night Transportation Working Group, which will be tasked with creating a comprehensive plan to improve late night transportation in San Francisco. At a hearing convened by Supervisor Wiener earlier this month, city departments, nightlife advocates, transportation providers, and late night employers and workers detailed the lack of late night transit options.

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Creating a Comprehensive Late Night Transportation Plan

muni10_henry_web.jpgWe need better and safer late night transportation in San Francisco. Right now people getting off work late or leaving bars have very limited options for getting home. I've introduced a resolution at the Board to create a Late Night Transportation Working Group, which will be tasked with creating a late night transportation plan.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR CREATION OF LATE NIGHT TRANSPORTATION WORKING GROUP

Resolution to be introduced today at the Board of Supervisors will call for a Late Night Transit Group that will be tasked with creating a Late Night Integrated Transportation Plan to address the need for safe, comprehensive nighttime travel in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a resolution at the Board of Supervisors calling for the formation of a Late Night Transportation Working Group, which will be tasked with creating a comprehensive plan to improve late night transportation in San Francisco. At a hearing convened by Supervisor Wiener earlier this month, city departments, nightlife advocates, transportation providers, and late night employers and workers detailed the lack of late night transit options.

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My April Newsletter

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Hearing on Russian Divestment

russia-gay-pride.jpgYesterday, I held a hearing to encourage the San Francisco Retirement System to explore divesting from any Russian holdings, in light of the extreme anti-LGBT laws that have put in place there. The amount of money SFERS has invested in Russia is small (about .16%), so hopefully there is a way to divest while still maintaining fidiciuary responsibility to current and future retirees. San Francisco should not be associated with a government that is using laws to criminalize LGBT people.

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PASSES SUPERVISOR WIENER’S CASTRO IN-LAW UNIT LEGISLATION

Legislation will allow for the creation of new in-law units - which are the most affordable type of non-subsidized housing - in unused spaces such as garages, large storage areas, and basements, in order to help address housing crisis

San Francisco, CA - Today the Board of Supervisors passed Supervisor Scott Wiener's legislation to create new in-law units in the Castro. The legislation will allow property owners in the Castro neighborhood to add one or two in-law units (depending on the size of the building) in order to increase the neighborhood's housing supply. Units placed in rent-controlled buildings will be rent-controlled, meaning that the legislation will allow for the creation of new rent-controlled units.

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Board of Supervisors Passes Castro In-Law Legislation

castro.jpgAddressing our housing affordability crisis requires a wide range of solutions, including efforts to expand new housing opportunities. Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed my legislation to create new in-law units in the Castro. The legislation will allow property owners in the Castro neighborhood to add one or two in-law units (depending on the size of the building) in order to increase the neighborhood's housing supply. Units added to buildings subject to rent control, will also be rent controlled, which means we are creating new rent-controlled units for the first time in over 30 years.

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