San Francisco becomes the first City in the country to provide full wage replacement for workers taking leave to bond with child
San Francisco – (April 5, 2016) Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation making San Francisco the first City in the country to require fully paid parental leave for workers.
Under current California law, employees taking parental leave receive up to 55% of their wages for six weeks through state disability. Supervisor Wiener’s ordinance requires that employers pay their employees the remaining balance of their income (45%), so that for up to six weeks of leave the employee will receive his or her full wages. The legislation applies to both parents and to both births and adoptions.
“Our country’s parental leave policies are woefully behind the rest of the world, and today San Francisco has taken the lead in pushing for better family leave policies for our workers,” said Supervisor Wiener. “We shouldn’t be forcing new mothers and fathers to choose between spending precious bonding time with their children and putting food on the table. I’m proud San Francisco is once again taking the lead in putting our workers and our families first."Read more
Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer and Assemblymember Bill Dodd Endorse Supervisor Scott Wiener for State Senate District 11
San Francisco – (March 31, 2016) Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer and Assemblymember Bill Dodd join Supervisor Scott Wiener’s growing list of endorsers.
Wiener’s latest endorsements reflect the growing support among Democratic Assembly and State Senate members, and statewide office holders, who recognize Wiener’s determination and ability to take on and achieve results on the toughest issues facing our communities.
The future of our education system, the state of our environment, the immediate and future infrastructure improvements facing our transportation system, and the need for more affordable housing all require legislators with the demonstrated record of effective leadership and results that Supervisor Wiener exemplifies.Read more
Supervisor Wiener to Introduce Water Conservation Legislation Requiring Water Meters for Each Unit in New Multi-Unit Buildings
Legislation will require all new residential buildings to install water submeters for each unit so that residents can be billed individually, just as they are with electricity, and thus have greater incentive to conserve water
San Francisco — (March 22, 2016) Today, World Water Day, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to require water submeters to be installed in all new residential multi-unit buildings. Separately metered units will allow individuals to know how much water they are using every month, and allow property owners to bill tenants individually for their water use, which will encourage people to conserve water. The legislation applies to all new buildings with two or more residential units.
“Addressing our structural water shortage requires systemic change in how we think about, use, and conserve water,” said Supervisor Wiener. “A key starting point is actually knowing how much water we use as individuals and being accountable for that use. Without this information on a monthly bill, people may not feel the same need to reduce water consumption as they do with electricity, which is already submetered. Water is not an endless commodity, and submetering our buildings will give residents crucial information to help conserve this precious resource.”Read more
San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener proposes individual water meters for all units in new housing projects
This article first appeared on KRON 4's website on March 22, 2016.
By Vince Cestone and Evan Ward
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco Supervisor Scott Weiner announced legislation Tuesday requiring all new residential buildings to include water submeters.
The water meters would track the water use of residents. The proposed law would apply to new buildings with two or more living quarters.
Property owners will have the right to bill tenants individually for water.
The idea behind the legislation is to make people more conscious of how much water they use.
“Without this information on a monthly bill, people may not feel the same need to reduce water consumption as they do with electricity, which is already submetered,” Wiener said. “Water is not an endless commodity, and submetering our buildings will give residents crucial information to help conserve this precious resource.”Read more
Supervisor Wiener to Introduce Legislation to Use General Funds to Pay for Reduction in MTA Towing Fees
Budget supplemental will ensure that any reduction in towing fees do not impact Muni’s operation budget, which would reduce Muni service
San Francisco – (March 15, 2016) Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a budget supplemental to ensure that any reduction in towing fees do not impact Muni’s operational budget. The legislation will allocate money from the general fund to cover the total revenue loss generated by reducing the towing fees, which is currently estimated at $3.5 million. Supervisor Wiener supports the reduction of towing fees, but is concerned about impacting Muni’s ability to provide transit service for San Francisco residents.
“I agree that our towing fees are incredibly high, and I’m supportive of finding ways to reduce the costs, particularly on our low-income residents,” said Supervisor Wiener. “However, if this reduction means that we see less funding for Muni operations, then we are punishing our residents who rely on Muni every day to get to work, to school, and to move about the city. If the Board of Supervisors wants to force MTA to reducing towing fees – as we should – the Board should pay for that cost. Otherwise, Muni riders will pay the cost by having worse Muni service.”Read more
Supervisor Scott Wiener Announces New Endorsements by CA Small Business Association, CA Professional Firefighters, LiUNA Pacific Southwest Region, Pacific Contractors Association, Former Sup. Angela Alioto, Former CCSF Trustee Johnnie Carter
San Francisco, CA – (March 9, 2016) Supervisor Scott Wiener announced new endorsements in his campaign for Senate District 11, building on his landslide Democratic Party endorsement in late February, making him the official party standard-bearer in the race.
With the endorsement of the California Small Business Association, California Professional Firefighters, Laborer's International Union of North America (LiUNA) Pacific Southwest Region, Pacific Contractors Association, and progressive local leaders Angela Alioto and Johnnie Carter, Wiener continues to build a diverse list of endorsers, demonstrating strong and broad support for his candidacy.Read more
Legislation will replace current low-bid system by allowing City departments to evaluate past performance of contractors when awarding public contracts
San Francisco — (March 8, 2016)Today Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation reforming San Francisco’s public contracting process, by allowing City Departments to evaluate contractors’ past performance when awarding public project contracts. Under the current bid award system, only the bid price is considered, with the lowest bidder automatically receiving the contract award. No other factor, including past performance, safety record, or relevant experience is included when awarding bids. Supervisor Wiener’s legislation will change that process so that City departments, in addition to considering bid price, can also consider the contractor’s track record. The legislation has been co-sponsored by Board President London Breed and Supervisor Katy Tang.Read more
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY PASSES SUPERVISOR WIENER’S LEGISLATION RAISING TOBACCO PURCHASE AGE TO 21 IN SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco joins New York City and a number of other smaller cities to reduce tobacco use, which is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. A current effort to set the statewide tobacco purchase age to 21 stalled in the California legislature.
San Francisco – (March 1, 2016) Today, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation to raise the tobacco purchasing age in San Francisco from 18 to 21. San Francisco becomes the second largest city in the country, after New York City, to set the tobacco purchasing age at 21. Earlier this year the State of Hawaii raised the tobacco purchase age to 21. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States, killing more than 480,000 people each year and costing the United States as much as $170 billion in health care expenditures.
“This is a big win in the fight against the leading cause of preventable deaths in our country,” said Supervisor Wiener. “For too long, we have seen the horrible effects that tobacco use has on our residents and particularly our young people. Passage of this legislation shows, once again, that San Francisco is a leader on progressive public health policy and that we are committed to reducing tobacco use in our city. I’m proud that San Francisco has joined other cities from across the country in the Tobacco 21 movement, and I hope this will push California to increase the tobacco purchase age statewide.”Read more
Wiener earns overwhelming support of Democratic grassroots activists by securing 80% of the vote in key strategic endorsement for State Senate race
San Francisco, CA – (February 29, 2016) On Sunday, February 28th Supervisor Scott Wiener earned the official State Senate endorsement of the Democratic Party at the Party’s statewide convention in San Jose. Wiener is now the official party standard-bearer in the race.
The Democratic Party endorsement is a key win and important strategic factor in the race for State Senate District 11 (San Francisco and northern San Mateo County). With Democratic Party registration in the district one of the highest Democratic registration percentages in the state - the endorsement is an important point of information for Democratic voters that Scott Wiener represents the progressive values of the Democratic Party, and has earned the support of the grassroots activists who work diligently to support the Party’s values.
“As a lifelong Democrat and former Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party, I couldn’t be more honored to be the Party’s officially endorsed candidate for State Senate,” stated Wiener. “The Democratic Party works tirelessly to protect our environment, expand affordable housing, ensure access to quality, affordable health care, fight to improve our schools, and protect a woman’s right to choose.”Read more
Supervisor Scott Wiener was recently on KQED’s Forum to discuss the growing homeless encampment along Division Street. These encampments present a public health hazard and are not a humane way for people to be living. San Francisco can and should do better. You can hear the full discussion here.