SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR HEARING ON FUNDING FOR HIV SERVICES, INCLUDING NEED TO BACKFILL FEDERAL BUDGET CUTS
City staff and community organizations will report on funding shortfalls due to federal budget cuts, impacts on service, and proposals to backfill the cuts in city budget
San Francisco - Tomorrow at the Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for a hearing to discuss funding proposals for HIV services in the upcoming 2014/2015 San Francisco budget, including expected federal budget cuts for HIV care and prevention services. San Francisco has experienced huge HIV funding cuts from the federal government in recent years. Supervisor Wiener has worked each year with the community, the Mayor, and city staff to backfill those cuts in the city budget.
Legislation will address neighborhood concerns associated with the placement of over 700 AT&T U-verse cabinets on San Francisco streets by establishing a clear, community-based process, requiring efforts to place the boxes on private property, and creating beautification and artwork requirements for the boxes
San Francisco, CA - At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to codify and establish an improved process to govern the placement of utility boxes on city sidewalks. The legislation, for the first time, will put binding procedures in place to require outreach to neighborhoods, require utilities to allow artwork on their boxes and place greening near the boxes, and make meaningful efforts to place the boxes on private property rather than blocking sidewalks. Under state law, utilities have a right to place boxes on neighborhood sidewalks - meaning the city cannot ban these boxes - but local jurisdictions have significant leeway in requiring a community-based process and siting standards.
Change is coming to Muni: Yesterday the MTA Board of Directors approved a significant portion of the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP). The TEP - the first overhaul of Muni's routes in decades - is intended to increase service, reliability, and connectivity. While there have been concerns about specific aspects - and I give Muni credit for making changes in response to community concerns - overall, this is a positive step forward for the system.Read more
The LGBT Aging Task Force has released its report and recommendations, showing a significant need for housing and other support for our growing LGBT senior population. I, along with my colleague Supervisor David Campos authored the legislation creating the task force, and we are now working on legislation to quickly implement several of its recommendations. Lots of work to do, and this is a great start.Read more
We're sliding back toward the bad old days, pre-Social Security, with more and more seniors living in poverty. The problem is exacerbated in San Francisco, with the cost of housing and our large number of seniors who are single and without kids, all indicators of a higher probability of poverty. We need to continue to expand our senior housing, meal, and home health programs, as well as programs to keep seniors connected and not isolated. This challenge will only become bigger over time as our population ages.Read more
This loophole was recently employed by proponents of the Waterfront Height Limit Initiative to steal the opposition's official position in the voter pamphlet, robbing the voters of a legitimate opposition argument in the ballot
San Francisco, CA - Today at the Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will ask the City Attorney to draft legislation to close a loophole in the ballot argument lottery conducted by the Board of Elections. This undemocratic loophole allows any individual to submit dozens of ballot arguments, unfairly weighting the lottery so that their argument will be selected over individuals who only submit a single ballot argument. In the recent selection process for the June ballot pamphlet, the proponents of the Waterfront Height Limit Initiative used this tactic to flood the oppositional argument lottery - and won the right to be the official opponent of the ballot measure they support. This robbed the legitimate opposition of the opportunity to present an argument in the ballot, and will leave voters with a misleading ballot pamphlet.
Field Poll released today finds that 78% of San Francisco Bay Area residents support soda tax to combat diabetes
San Francisco, CA - Today Supervisors Malia Cohen, Eric Mar and Scott Wiener issued the following statement in reaction to the latest results from the Field Poll that show strong support for a soda tax in the San Francisco Bay Area. The statewide poll found that within the San Francisco Bay Area, 78% of residents favor a soda tax to fund school nutrition and physical activity programs to reduce diabetes.
Resolution introduced today requests report on the measure's potential impacts on the City's housing (including affordable housing), infrastructure, transportation, and open space needs, as well as the City's tax base
San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a resolution at the Board of Supervisors calling for an impartial, multi-departmental study of the ballot measure to require voter approval of development projects that exceed current height limits on San Francisco's waterfront. In this study, city departments will report on how the proposed initiative ordinance will affect, if passed, the city's housing, infrastructure, transportation, and open spaced needs. The Resolution requests the reports be produced by March 7, 2014.
This month, I reached an agreement (link is external) with the Mayor's Office and the Public Utilities Commission to secure significantly more funding for the large and neglected capital needs of our deteriorating streetlight system. For too many years, City Hall has allowed our streetlights to deteriorate and accumulate huge deferred maintenance. As a result, streetlights frequently fail, which undermines public safety and neighborhood quality of light. The PUC has been spending a paltry $250,000 a year to maintain nearly 25,000 streetlights, which is unacceptable. The agreement includes a commitment from the Mayor's Office and the PUC to fund $9 million over the next two years to address streetlight capital needs - a nearly 20-fold increase - and to formulate a global assessment of the capital needs of the system. This result is both a down payment on our streetlights' capital needs and a path forward in assessing and addressing the system's overall needs.Read more
San Francisco Supervisors to Introduce Unified Soda Tax Measure at Board of Supervisors Meeting Today
Proposal will put a sugar-sweetened beverage tax on the ballot to fund nutrition, health, and physical activity programs, and will replace the two separate pieces of legislation previously put forth by Supervisor Eric Mar and Scott Wiener
San Francisco, CA - At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, a coalition of San Francisco Supervisors will introduce a unified measure to implement a tax of two cents per ounce on the distribution of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages in San Francisco. The funds from the tax -- sponsored by Supervisors Eric Mar, Scott Wiener, Malia Cohen, John Avalos, David Chiu, and David Campos -- will be legally dedicated to fund City and public school nutrition, health and physical activity programs that will address the impacts of diabetes, obesity and other negative health effects associated with consumption of sugary beverages.