SUPERVISOR WIENER RELEASES REPORT SHOWING OUTDOOR EVENTS IN SAN FRANCISCO HAVE A BILLION DOLLAR ANNUAL IMPACT ON SAN FRANCISCO'S ECONOMY

Report by the City Economist finds that in 2014, 3.3 million people attended outdoor events in San Francisco – including festivals, parades, and street fairs – generating $1.1 billion in economic activity and supporting 9,300 private sector jobs

 

San Francisco Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener released a study conducted by the City Economist reporting that outdoor events – such as festivals, parades, and street fairs – are a significant economic driver for San Francisco. In 2014, these events generated $1.1 billion in economic impact and drew 3.3 million attendees, whose spending supported 9,300 private sector jobs in industries like retail, food services, hospitality, and transportation. The report -- available here -- was based on various data points, including an extensive survey of 3,644 people who attended outdoor events in 2014.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE HOUSING LEGISLATION TO ALLOW CONSTRUCTION OF NEW IN-LAW UNITS IN NOE VALLEY, GLEN PARK AND DIAMOND HEIGHTS

Legislation will expand on Supervisor Wiener's Castro In-Law legislation and Seismic In-Law Legislation, which allowed for the creation of new in-law units - the most affordable type of non-subsidized housing - in unused spaces such as garages, large storage areas, and basements, in order to help address housing crisis

San Francisco, CA Today Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to allow the construction of new in-law units throughout most of District 8, which he represents at the Board of Supervisors. The legislation will allow new in-law units to be built on parcels in the Noe Valley, Glen Park, and Diamond Heights neighborhoods in order to increase the City’s housing supply.  This legislation follows on Supervisor Wiener’s Castro In-Law legislation passed last year, as well as his recently passed legislation to allow for the addition of in-law units in apartment buildings undergoing seismic retrofits.  As with those two pieces of legislation, the units must be added within a building's existing envelope, and new units added in rent-controlled buildings will be rent-controlled as well. 

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE ORDINANCE MANDATING WATER REUSE SYSTEMS IN NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND ESTABLISHING POLICY OF REUSED WATER FOR CLEANING AND IRRIGATING PUBLIC SPACES

Ordinance will require onsite water reuse systems in large developments in certain areas of the city and require all developments throughout the city to go through a water reuse analysis with the Public Utilities Commission. The ordinance also will set city policy that all irrigation and cleaning of public spaces should be done with non-drinking water within the next 5 years

San Francisco – Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to require onsite water reuse systems – for example, graywater and storm water recapture systems – in new developments and to push city departments to use non-potable water for all cleaning and irrigation of public spaces within the next 5 years. Increasing the use of non-potable water will decrease the use of Hetch Hetchy drinking water for irrigation and toilet flushing.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER’S STATEMENT APPLAUDING NEW PROPOSAL TO EXPAND BAY AREA BIKE SHARE

Proposal announced today by the Mayors of five Bay Area cities and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission – on which Supervisor Wiener serves -- will expand the regional bike share network through a public-private partnership

San Francisco – Today Supervisor Scott Wiener released the following statement after the Mayors of San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville announced a proposal to partner with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to expand the Bay Area bike share program by entering into a public-private partnership with Motivate:

“I applaud this proposal to dramatically expand bike share in San Francisco and the Bay Area,” said Supervisor Wiener, who serves as a Commissioner on the MTC. “A robust and sustainable bike share network is a key part of being a Transit First city and will allow us to reap the benefits of bike share, including reducing traffic, improving public transit, and stimulating the local economy. I’ve been an active supporter of bike share at both the MTC and the Board of Supervisors, and I will continue to work to bring this critical transit program to more neighborhoods in San Francisco.”

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO HOLD HEARING TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT PREDICAMENT OF LONG-TERM HIV SURVIVORS WHOSE PRIVATE DISABILITY INSURANCE TERMINATES AT SOCIAL SECURITY ELIGIBILITY

Analysis by Budget and Legislative Analyst shows that a discrete population of long-term HIV survivors are approaching age 65, at which point their private disability insurance will end, leading to a significant drop in income and resulting housing instability

 

WHEN:          Wednesday, April 1st, 10:00am

WHERE:        Budget and Finance Committee

                           Board of Supervisors

                           San Francisco City Hall, Room 250

WHAT:           Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will hold a hearing to discuss the expected financial needs created by the increase of people living with HIV/AIDS who will lose their private disability insurance as they become eligible for Social Security benefits. The Budget and Legislative Analyst recently released a report quantifying the number of people estimated to be impacted and the financial support needed. The percentage of San Franciscans living with HIV/AIDS who are 50 years or older has increased by more than 100% since 2004 and now comprises 55% of the total population of HIV-positive people living. Supervisor Wiener is calling for action now to prevent potential negative outcomes in the future – particularly loss of housing due to this drop in income – for San Franciscans living with HIV/AIDS. According to the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s report, the annual income of people living with HIV/AIDS on private disability insurance is expected to drop by an average of 40% when they become eligible for Social Security. As a result, the percentage of these individuals’ monthly income that would go towards rent would increase from 45% to 74%. At the hearing, Supervisor Wiener will ask both the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office and community organizations to report on the projected number of San Franciscans who will be affected, as well as the fiscal impact that losing private disability insurance will have on each of these individuals.

CONTACT:    Supervisor Scott Wiener, (415) 554-6968, scott.wiener@sfgov.org 


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES SUPERVISOR WIENER’S LGBT SENIORS LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES BILL OF RIGHTS ORDINANCE

Groundbreaking legislation -- recommended by the LGBT Aging Task Force -- will prohibit discrimination faced by LGBT seniors in long-term care facilities.

San Francisco – Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Scott Wiener’s LGBT Senior Long Term Care Facilities Bill of Rights Ordinance, which will prohibit discrimination faced by LGBT Seniors.  The ordinance originated as a recommendation from the LGBT Aging Task Force’s policy report, “LGBT Aging at the Golden Gate,” and will make it illegal to discriminate against patients in long-term care facilities based on their sexual orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression or HIV status.

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO VOTE ON SUPERVISOR WIENER’S LGBT SENIORS LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY BILL OF RIGHTS ORDINANCE

Groundbreaking legislation -- recommended by the LGBT Aging Task Force -- will prohibit discrimination faced by LGBT seniors in long-term care facilities.

WHEN:                Tuesday, March 31st, 2:00pm

WHERE:               Board of Supervisors Meeting

                               San Francisco City Hall, Room 250                                                        

WHAT:                Today the Board of Supervisors will vote on Supervisor Scott Wiener’s Long-term Care Facility Residents’ Bill of Rights Ordinance. The ordinance originated as a recommendation from the LGBT Aging Task Force’s policy report, and would make it illegal to discriminate against patients in long-term care facilities based on their sexual orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression or HIV status. As LGBT seniors enter long-term care facilities, staff in some facilities lack training or protocols for dealing with aging LGBT populations. While discrimination against LGBT seniors is prohibited under existing State law, evidence shows that it remains a significant problem. This ordinance will not only amend the Police Code to prohibit discrimination against residents long-term care facilities in San Francisco on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status, but it will also provide aggrieved persons with the right to seek investigation and mediation by the Human Rights Commission. It will also create a private right of action for violations. The ordinance specifies a number of requirements for long-term care facilities when caring for LGBT residents. These include, for example, respecting residents wishes to be addressed in the pronoun of their choice, a prohibition on eviction of residents due to their LGBT status, and forbidding the denial of appropriate medical care specific to an LGBT patient’s needs.  The ordinance also imposes certain additional requirements around record keeping, confidentiality, privacy, and designating a staff member as an LGBT liaison. 

CONTACT:           Supervisor Scott Wiener, (415) 554 - 6968, scott.wiener@sfgov.org


SUPERVISORS WIENER AND CAMPOS TO INTRODUCE RESOLUTION CONDEMNING ANTI-LGBT INDIANA LAW

Indiana’s So-Called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” uses the guise of religious freedom to condone discrimination against the LGBT community

San Francisco – Today, Supervisors Scott Wiener and David Campos will introduce a resolution denouncing Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” which provides individuals and businesses a license to discriminate against individuals. The resolution also calls for City Departments and private businesses to end business relations with the State of Indiana. 

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO HOLD HEARING TODAY ON EXTREME DRUG COST ESCALATIONS BY INSURERS FOR HIV DRUGS AND OTHER MEDICATIONS

Recent reclassification of life-saving drugs as "specialty tier" has exploded monthly drug costs for many patients with HIV, cancer, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C, and other diseases and may violate the Affordable Care Act

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO HOST PRESS CONFERENCE BEFORE COMMITTEE HEARING ON LGBT SENIORS LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY BILL OF RIGHTS

Groundbreaking legislation -- recommended by the LGBT Aging Task Force -- will prohibit discrimination faced by LGBT seniors in long-term care facilities. 

WHEN:                Thursday, March 19th, 10:00 am

WHERE:               San Francisco City Hall, Room 278

WHAT:                 Press Conference - LGBT Long-term Care Facility Resident’s Bill of Rights

Supervisor Wiener will host a press conference tomorrow regarding his LGBT Long-term Care Facility Residents’ Bill of Rights. The ordinance originated as a recommendation from the LGBT Aging Task Force’s policy report, and would make it illegal to discriminate against patients in long-term care facilities based on their sexual orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression or HIV status. As LGBT seniors enter long-term care facilities, staff in some facilities lack training or protocols for dealing with aging LGBT populations. While discrimination against LGBT seniors is prohibited under existing State law, evidence shows that it remains a significant problem. This ordinance will not only amend the Police Code to prohibit discrimination against residents long-term care facilities in San Francisco on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status, but it will also provide aggrieved persons with the right to seek investigation and mediation by the Human Rights Commission. It will also create a private right of action for violations. The ordinance specifies a number of requirements for long-term care facilities when caring for LGBT residents. These include, for example, respecting residents wishes to be addressed in the pronoun of their choice, a prohibition on eviction of residents due to their LGBT status, and forbidding the denial of appropriate medical care specific to an LGBT patient’s needs.  The ordinance also imposes certain additional requirements around record keeping, confidentiality, privacy, and designating a staff member as an LGBT liaison.  Hearing to follow at 10:30am at the Government Audit and Oversight Committee, Room 263.

CONTACT:           Supervisor Scott Wiener, (415) 554 - 6968, scott.wiener@sfgov.org

         



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