In San Francisco, Colleges and Universities Struggle to House Students

Providing student housing has continued to be a problem for the many higher education institutions in San Francisco. That’s why I authored legislation to provide incentives to educational institutions to build their own housing. Additionally, I banned the conversion of apartments to be used exclusively for student housing.

KQED recently covered a hearing I held on this issue as part of a broader article on the difficulties resulting from San Francisco's lack of affordable student housing. You can read the full article here.


San Francisco could ban business with N.C.-based firms because of LGBT law

This article first appeared in The Charlotte Observer on April 27, 2016.

BY KATHERINE PERALTA
kperalta@charlotteobserver.com

A proposed ordinance in San Francisco would prohibit the city from entering into contracts with North Carolina-based companies because of the state’s controversial new LGBT law. The proposal would be a blow to Charlotte-based Bank of America, which has an $8 million contract with the city.

The proposal, introduced Tuesday at the city’s Board of Supervisors, aims to put economic pressure on the state to repeal House Bill 2 just like corporations have done. PayPal, for instance, cited the law in scrapping plans for a global operations in Charlotte.

Proposed by Supervisor Scott Wiener, the ordinance would build on a travel ban issued a week after Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2 into law. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was the first to initiate a government-funded travel restriction to North Carolina in opposition of the measure.

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San Francisco LGBT Data Collection Legislation

This article first appeared in San Francisco Bay Times on April 21, 2016.

On April 12, Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced legislation that, if passed, would mandate five city departments to collect voluntary information on the sexual orientation and gender identity of their clients whenever demographic data is collected. Currently, city departments collect voluntary information on race, ethnicity and gender, but only two departments consistently collect sexual orientation and gender identity data. These are the Department of Aging and Adult Services and the Department of Public Health.

The proposed legislation before the Board of Supervisors was assigned to committee for a thirty-day review. It will then be sent back to the full board for adoption in early May. If passed, the legislation would require the Department of Public Health; the Department of Aging and Adult Services; the Department of Human Services; the Department of  Children, Youth and their Families; and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development to collect and analyze sexual orientation and gender identity data.

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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.


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.


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.


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.”

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Deadline Approaches for San Francisco Homeless to Leave Division Street Encampment

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.


San Francisco Supervisors One Step Closer to Raising Tobacco Age to 21

This article, about Supervisor Wiener's legislation to raise the tobacco purchase age, originally appeared on KQED on February 22, 2016.
By Lisa Aliferis

A San Francisco Board of Supervisors committee voted Monday to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. The vote of the Land Use Committee was 3-0 to prohibit retailers from selling tobacco products — including smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes — to those under age 21.

The full board will consider the ordinance next Tuesday, March 1. If the measure passes and is signed by the mayor, San Francisco would join more than 120 cities nationally — including Boston and New York — in approving the change. Hawaii raised the age statewide, effective Jan. 1. In California, Healdsburg and Berkeley have both approved the higher age. A bill in the California Assembly to raise the age statewide stalled last fall.

Proponents of the change say that many teenagers access cigarettes and other tobacco products from friends who are old enough to legally buy them. Raising the age to 21 moves legal buyers out of the social circle of most high school students, advocates say.

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S.F. Officials Push for Adoption of Pioneering Open-Source Voting System

This article first appeared on KQED on February 9, 2016

By Ted Goldberg

San Francisco could launch a major makeover of its voting systems this year, an effort that supporters say will lead to cheaper, more transparent elections in the city.

On Tuesday, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for a Board of Supervisors hearing into the city’s efforts to adopt a voting system that would use off-the-shelf hardware and open-source software. Elections officials, politicians and voter-participation activists have all touted such publicly owned balloting systems as cheaper and more trustworthy than using products supplied by private vendors.

“We want to set a trend here and around the country toward more open and transparent voting systems,” Wiener said in an interview.

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