San Francisco Proposes Bailout for Over-Budget Transit Center

Supervisor Wiener was recently on KQED's Forum to discuss Mayor Ed Lee's proposed interim financing for the Transbay Transit Center.

You can listen to the full program here.

Board of Supervisors Unanimously Passes Supervisor Wiener's Legislation to Require Solar Power on New Buildings

Renewable energy ordinance makes San Francisco first major city in the country to require solar panels be installed on new construction.

San Francisco – (April 19, 2016) Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation to require solar panels be installed on new residential and commercial buildings constructed in San Francisco. This legislation makes San Francisco the first major city in the country to require solar to be installed on new construction. This legislation will help move San Francisco towards its goal of meeting 100% of the City’s electricity demand with renewable energy.

“By increasing our use of solar power, San Francisco is once again leading the nation in the fight against climate change and the reduction of our reliance on fossil fuels,” said Supervisor Wiener. “Activating underutilized roof space is a smart and efficient way to promote the use of solar energy and improve our environment. We need to continue to pursue aggressive renewable energy policies to ensure a sustainable future for our city and our region.”

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Supervisor Wiener to Introduce Ballot Measure to Fix San Francisco's Broken Street Tree Policy

November ballot measure ends dysfunctional City program that transfers street tree responsibility and liability to private property owners; requires City to assume maintenance responsibility and liability for all street trees and sidewalks damaged caused by trees throughout San Francisco; and pays for new City responsibilities through combination of lock box City funding and a dedicated progressive parcel tax

San Francisco –  (April 19, 2016) Today Supervisor Scott Wiener, in partnership with Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF), will introduce a ballot measure for the November election to permanently fix San Francisco's broken street tree policy. The ballot measure requires the City to assume responsibility for all street trees - including tree maintenance, sidewalk damage, and liability - and provides a long-term dedicated funding source to do so.

The City’s current street tree policy - subject to widespread, justifiable criticism - requires fronting property owners to maintain and be liable for adjacent street trees and sidewalk damage, whether or not the owners planted the tree, whether or not they want the tree, and whether or not they have the financial resources to care for the tree. This unfair responsibility can cost property owners hundreds or thousands of dollars on a regular basis.

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Political Notebook: Berkeley, SF may ban city contracts in 'hate states'

The Bay Area Reporter recently wrote about Supervisor Wiener's announcement that he will introduce legislation to ban city-funded travel and contracting with states that enact anti-LGBT laws.

"San Francisco needs to take a stand to show these states that these kinds of laws are unacceptable, and that we mean business. There need to be economic consequences for states that attack our community," stated Wiener.

You can read the full article here.

Supervisor Wiener Introduces LGBT Data Collection Legislation to Improve Support for LGBT Community

Legislation will require that City Departments and contractors collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity to improve services and develop policies to support LGBT community

San Francisco –  (April 14, 2016) On Tuesday, Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced legislation to require City departments to collect LGBT data that will help target and improve services and policies to support the LGBT population in San Francisco. The ordinance requires City departments and contractors providing health care and social services to seek, collect, and analyze data concerning the sexual orientation and gender identity of the clients they serve. Clients have the right to not provide the data.

“The LGBT community faces disproportionate challenges regarding poverty, suicide, isolation, substance abuse, and violence,” said Supervisor Wiener. “We need to improve our outreach and support to all members of our community, particularly the most vulnerable. Data collection help us improve services for many underserved and disadvantaged parts of our populations. With this information, our city can better serve our LGBT community.”

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier Endorses Scott Wiener for State Senate

Speier cites Wiener's unrelenting work on issues of economic and social justice, including paid parental leave, affordable housing, and transportation

San Francisco, CA - (April 12, 2016) Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener, candidate for State Senate, announced his endorsement by Congresswoman and former State Senator Jackie Speier. Congresswoman Speier represents portions of San Francisco and most of San Mateo County.

In announcing her support, Congresswoman Speier stated "Scott delivers. He had been a prolific legislator on the Board advocating for parental leave, affordable housing and a reliable transportation system. In the midst of our economic resurgence, we need someone with an eye to our constant need for economic and social justice. Scott Wiener is that person. I'm proud to support him for the State Senate."

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Board of Supervisors Passes Supervisor Wiener's Code Enforcement Reform Legislation to Improve Building Safety and Crack Down on Code Violators

Legislative package will grant the City Attorney and the Department of Building Inspection greater authority to pursue code violations, unify the code enforcement processes for all departments to create more accountability, and improve coordination across departments to improve building safety

San Francisco – (April 12, 2016) Today, the Board of Supervisors approved Supervisor Wiener’s code enforcement reform legislation to improve San Francisco’s code enforcement process, strengthen the City’s ability to crack down on serial code violators, and help code violators who want to correct their violations but cannot afford to do so. San Francisco’s current code enforcement process lacks coordination among different departments charged with inspecting and enforcing codes to keep San Francisco’s building stock safe and habitable, and creates accountability gaps that prevents the city from addressing significant violations of the Buildings, Fire, Health, and Planning Codes.

The legislation was unanimously recommended by the Planning Commission and the Building Inspection Commission.

“Making our buildings safe and habitable is good for tenants and for our neighborhoods,” said Supervisor Wiener. “We need to take clear and decisive action against serial code violators who ignore our laws. By strengthening our code enforcement process, we will empower our departments to act and improve accountability to the public, who bear the brunt of living in and among dilapidated buildings. This legislation will also provide more support for property owners to fix their properties when they cannot afford to do so.”

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Supervisor Wiener Announces Legislation to Ban Public Spending in States with LGBT Hate Laws

Ordinance will target not just travel for official city business, but will also ban contracting with companies in states that legally sanction discrimination against the LGBT community

San Francisco –  (April, 12 2016) Today at the Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will announce that he is drafting legislation to prohibit City spending in states that have passed LGBT hate laws. The legislation will statutorily ban city sponsored travel to states with LGBT discriminatory laws, codifying Mayor Edwin Lee's executive order, and further make San Francisco the first jurisdiction to ban city-funded contracting with companies that are headquartered in these states and to ban purchase of goods and services produced in these states. Supervisor Wiener is collaborating with Mayor Lee on this legislation, who recently took the lead in creating Mayors Against Discrimination, which is a coalition of mayors formed to fight laws that discriminate against LGBT people. This would apply to recent laws passed in North Carolina and Mississippi.

“Taxpayer dollars should not be funding travel to or spending in states that relegate LGBT people to second-class status,” said Supervisor Wiener.  “A despicable wave of anti-LGBT hate is rolling over parts of the South and Midwest. San Francisco needs to take a stand to show these states that these kinds of laws are unacceptable, and that we mean business. There need to be economic consequences for states that attack our community.”

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A Big Step for Paid Parental Leave

By Scott Wiener

A version of this first appeared in the Huffington Post and was co-authored by Julia Parish, Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society — Employment Law Center

San Francisco has a long tradition of leading the nation on critical economic and social justice issues like paid sick leave, minimum wage, and marriage equality. We value supporting people in their work, their families, and their health.

Now, San Francisco has become the first city in the country to ensure full wage replacement for workers taking parental leave. This will benefit both workers and their employers.

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San Francisco Approves Fully Paid Parental Leave

San Francisco is making news again, showing why this city is the leader of progressive values. With the passage of Supervisor Wiener's paid parental leave legislation, San Francisco became the first city in the nation to mandate full pay for new parents for six weeks after bearing or adopting a child. 

You can read the New York Times complete coverage of the story here.

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