SUPERVISORS WIENER AND CAMPOS TO INTRODUCE LGBT SENIORS BILL OF RIGHTS FOR LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES

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

San Francisco – At next Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisors Scott Wiener and David Campos will introduce the “LGBT Long-Term Care Facility Residents’ Bill of Rights.” 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.  The legislation spells out what constitutes discrimination against LGBT seniors in these facilities.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO CALL FOR HEARING 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

San Francisco – At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for 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.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR SUPPORT OF AB 96 PROHIBITING THE SALE OF IVORY AND RHINOCEROS HORN

Resolution introduced at yesterday’s Board of Supervisors meeting in support Assembly Bill 96, co-authored by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senator Ricardo Lara, which would prohibit the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn in California.

San Francisco, CA – Yesterday, Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced a resolution at the Board of Supervisors in support of Assembly Bill 96, which would strictly prohibit the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn in California.  Supervisor Katy Tang co-sponsored the resolution.

 

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SUPERVISOR WIENER’S LEGISLATION TO ADOPT THE SAN FRANCISCO URBAN FOREST MASTER PLAN TO BE CONSIDERED TODAY BY THE LAND USE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Plan recommends ending the transfer of street tree maintenance to fronting property owners and replacing that effort with a municipally managed and operated street tree program.

The Land Use and Economic Development Committee today will consider legislation authored by Supervisor Wiener adopting the San Francisco Urban Forest Master Plan and setting the City’s long-term strategy to ensure the ongoing health and sustainability of the city’s street trees.   The Plan identifies polices and strategies to proactively manage and grow the city’s street tree population and makes a key finding that the city’s current program of transferring street tree maintenance responsibility to property owners is a short-sighted solution and ultimately to the long-term detriment of street trees and the city as a whole.  Late last year, Supervisor Wiener announced the formation of a working group to propose the creation of an Urban Forest Fund, with an associated funding source. That working group will begin meeting next month.

 

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


SUPERVISORS WIENER AND COHEN CALL FOR HEARING ON CRIME TRENDS AND ANALYSIS OF POLICE STAFFING NEEDS

Along with Supervisor Cohen, I’ve asked the Police Department to report back on San Francisco’s troubling crime trends and how the Department is addressing the situation in light of chronic police short-staffing.  I have asked for an analysis of police staffing levels in San Francisco, what the city can do to ensure adequate staffing levels as the city population grows, and what the Police Department is doing now given recent increases in crime to ensure that our neighborhoods and residents are safe. San Francisco has long lacked appropriate police staffing numbers for a city of its size and complexity.

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Budget & Legislative Analyst Releases Report Requested by Supervisor Wiener Analyzing Relationship Between Fire Truck Design & Pedestrian Safety

Report recommends that the Fire Department adopt policies and procedures to better guide the purchase of new vehicles to ensure that both emergency response and road safety interests of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists are advanced.

San Francisco, CA Today, the Board of Supervisor’s Budget and Legislative Analyst released a report requested by Supervisor Scott Wiener evaluating whether San Francisco’s fire trucks are too large for our narrow streets.  A key finding in that report is that the Fire Department lacks protocols to consider street design and pedestrian safety when it procures new vehicles.  

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO PURSUE BALLOT MEASURE REFORM IN SAN FRANCISCO

SUPERVISOR WIENER TO PURSUE BALLOT MEASURE REFORM IN SAN FRANCISCO
Proposal, similar to reform measure recently adopted by State Legislature for statewide measures, will improve process by disclosing large donors real time, requiring public dialogue between ballot measure proponents and elected officials, giving proponents more flexibility to amend or withdraw their measure, and making the number of signatures required more stable

San Francisco Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener requested that the City Attorney begin preparing a charter amendment for the November 2015 ballot to reform San Francisco's ballot measure system to make it more transparent, require better disclosure of donors, encourage more dialogue in crafting ballot measures, reduce significant fluctuations in the number of signatures required, and provide the proponents of ballot measures -- whether residents or elected officials -- with greater flexibility in amending and improving the measures before they go on the ballot.  The measure is partly modeled on recent reform legislation adopted by the State Legislature for statewide ballot measures.

 

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVES SUPERVISOR WIENER’S LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN SAN FRANCISCO'S PUBLIC POWER SYSTEM AND PROVIDE MORE CLEAN, REVENUE-GENERATING ENERGY

Ordinance grants the SF Public Utilities Commission the first right of refusal to provide clean, hydroelectric Hetch Hetchy power to new public and private developments, which will increase clean energy distribution and allow for enhanced infrastructure investment for the nearly $900 million in capital needs

San Francisco, CA - Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Wiener's legislation to increase the electric customer base for San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission by granting the PUC the right of first refusal to provide hydroelectric, greenhouse gas free power to private developments. An expanded PUC customer base will bring more clean hydroelectric power to San Francisco residents and businesses and generate significantly more revenue to fund neglected infrastructure and capital needs, including the city's streetlight system and the system that brings hydroelectric power from Hetch Hetchy to San Francisco.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO HOLD HEARING TODAY ON MUNI’S PLANS TO ENSURE NEAR TERM VIABILITY OF PROBLEMATIC LIGHT RAIL FLEET

Hearing will focus on light rail vehicle shortage and lack of reliability, as well as Muni's plans to keep these vehicles running until the arrival of the next generation of light rail vehicles

WHEN:           Monday, November 24th, 1:30 PM

WHERE:         Land Use and Economic Development Committee
                         Board of Supervisors
                         City Hall, Room 263

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SUPERVISOR WIENER’S LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN SAN FRANCISCO'S PUBLIC POWER SYSTEM AND PROVIDE MORE CLEAN, REVENUE-GENERATING ENERGY TO BE HEARD IN COMMITTEE

Ordinance grants the SF Public Utilities Commission the first right of refusal to provide clean, hydroelectric Hetch Hetchy power to new public and private developments, which will increase clean energy distribution and allow for enhanced infrastructure investment for the nearly $900 million in capital needs, including the city's deteriorated streetlight system

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