Working together to make the Castro safer

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July 25th, 2013
The Bay Area Reporter

By any measure, the crime situation in the Castro isn't acceptable. On a regular basis, we hear about neighbors and visitors being robbed - often at gunpoint - beaten, stabbed, and otherwise victimized. Some of the crimes appear to be anti-LGBT hate crimes, some not. Whatever the motivation and whatever form they take, they need to stop, and we need to work to reduce violence in our neighborhood. While living in a city always entails the possibility of crime, we should not have to be fearful walking through our own neighborhood.

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Q&A With Scott Wiener: Condo Conversion, Video Surveillance

scott-wiener-620x409.jpgMission Local sat down recently with District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener to talk about issues affecting San Franciscans and Mission residents. This interview is part of a series of monthly conversations between Mission Local and the supervisor.

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Condo Conversion Amendments

After months of delays, the end may be near in the long-fought battle over condo conversion.

Legislation by Supervisors Mark Farrell and Scott Wiener that would allow Tenancy-in-Common owners to bypass the city's condo conversion lottery had been stalled at committee by concerns that it would reduce the number of rental properties in the city.

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SF Gate Coverage of CEQA Legislation

Supervisor's Scott Wiener's proposal to change the environmental appeals process in San Francisco, already amended about 40 times since its inception, is likely headed for more changes.

Links: Read the SF Gate Coverage of CEQA Legislation


SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR CITY-WIDE BIKE SHARE PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION BY 2014

Supervisor will introduce a resolution calling for MTA to use planned pilot program to launch broader program,

Starting this year, San Francisco will participate in a bike-sharing pilot program that will service a small portion of the downtown core of the city. At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a resolution calling for the Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) to build off this pilot to implement a city-wide, full-scale bike-sharing system by 2014.

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S.F. must prioritize public transit funds

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March 5th, 2013
SF Gate

San Francisco fancies itself a transit-first city. We encourage people to give up their cars. We reduce parking. We make it more challenging to get around the city in private automobiles. We encourage people to use alternate modes of transportation, especially Muni.

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Improving San Francisco’s Residential Parking Rules

March 2013
San Francisco Apartment Association

Last year, I authored long-overdue legislation to simplify payment of parking tax by small property owners and to provide an amnesty so that people who were unaware of their tax obligation can come forward, become legal and pay taxes in the future.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE NIGHTLIFE AND ENTERTAINMENT REGULATIONS

Changes include easing burdensome permit requirements for DJs before 10 pm, allowing outdoor music performances, and enhancing enforcement powers of Entertainment Commission

At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to improve access to live music while strengthening the enforcement powers of the Entertainment Commission to ensure compliance with city ordinances. These amendments to the Police Code include classifying music by DJs as live performances, which will allow for less onerous permitting performances before 10 pm; allowing limited outdoor music in plazas and courtyards; and enhancing and expanding the enforcement powers of the Entertainment Commission. The legislation will also clarify and clean up outdated or redundant parts of the Code.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR HEARING ON BETTER MARKET STREET PROJECT BIKE AND TRANSIT IMPACTS

New Better Market Street proposal being studied calls for establishing permanent cycle tracks on Mission Street and directing all bus traffic to Market Street

At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for a hearing on the status of the Better Market Street project, including the plan to establish permanent bicycle lanes on Mission Street and reroute all bus traffic from Mission Street to Market Street. This recently floated idea, which could result in reduced bike improvements on Market Street, has caused considerable debate and controversy. At this hearing City agencies will provide an update on the project, as well as the schedule and progress being made to improve inter-agency coordination.

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO VOTE ON SUPERVISOR WIENER’S CAR-SHARE LEGISLATION

Legislation will allow additional car-sharing spaces that don't count against parking controls

At today's San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener's legislation to expand car-share parking availability - and to remove counter-productive obstacles in the Planning Code - will be voted on by the full Board. If approved, the legislation will amend the Planning Code to allow residential developers to include publicly accessible car-sharing parking spaces that won't count against current parking control levels.

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