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.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE PLACEMENT OF UTILITY BOXES ON CITY STREETS

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.

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Change is coming to MUNI

safe_image.jpegChange 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.

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LGBT Aging Task Force has released its report and recommendations

lgbt-aging.jpegThe 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. 

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We're sliding back toward the bad old days, pre-Social Security

ss-old-age.jpegWe'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.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR LEGISLATION TO CLOSE BALLOT ARGUMENT LOOPHOLE

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.

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STATEMENT FROM SAN FRANCISCO SUPERVISORS ON FIELD POLL’S NEW SODA TAX POLL NUMBERS

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.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF WATERFRONT BALLOT INITIATIVE

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.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER SECURES DRAMATIC INCREASE IN STREETLIGHT CAPITAL FUNDING FOR UPCOMING FISCAL YEARS

Agreement with Mayor's Office and Public Utilities Commission includes spending $9 million over two years - an 18-fold increase - on streetlight capital needs and formulation of global assessment of deteriorated streetlight system's capital needs

San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener announced an agreement with the Mayor's Office and the Public Utilities Commission to secure $9 million for capital renovations to San Francisco's streetlights over the next two fiscal years.  In recent years, the PUC has been spending approximately $250,000 a year on its nearly 25,000 streetlights.  In addition, Supervisor Wiener, the Mayor's Office, and the PUC agreed that between now and April, the City will conduct a global assessment of the capital needs of San Francisco's streetlights, including a long-term plan to pay for these needs. This assessment will then be amended into San Francisco's Capital Plan, so that streetlights are part of San Francisco's ongoing Capital Planning process.

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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.

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