SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE OFFICIAL CITY STREETLIGHT POLICY

Legislation will make it city policy to develop pedestrian lighting standards, establish more efficient and responsive repair practices, transition to LED lighting, and develop a single, city-owned streetlight program, with the City acquiring PG&E's streetlights

San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation setting policies and standards for the city's struggling streetlight system. Currently, a portion of San Francisco's streetlights are owned by the City's Public Utilities Commission and a portion by PG&E, a private utility. Supervisor Wiener's legislation will set clear standards for streetlights, including transitioning to pedestrian-grade lighting, requiring that streetlights be repaired within 48 hours of being reported as broken, transitioning to light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, and developing a single, city-managed streetlight program by making it official city policy to acquire PG&E's streetlights.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION ALLOWING CONSTRUCTION OF NEW IN-LAW UNITS IN BUILDINGS UNDERGOING SEISMIC RETROFITS

Legislation will allow construction of new in-law units in buildings undergoing either mandatory or voluntary soft-story seismic retrofits, which will incentivize creation of new housing as well as seismic upgrades

San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation at the Board of Supervisors allowing the construction of new in-law units in buildings that are undergoing either mandatory or voluntary soft-story seismic retrofits.  Adding new in-law units to a building while it is being retrofitted will be efficient and cost-effective for property owners by combining two projects into one, will add new, more affordable housing stock, will provide a financial benefit for owners who are being mandated to perform often expensive retrofits, and will incentivize owners to perform voluntary retrofits.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO CALL FOR HEARING ON AUTO TOWING POLICIES AND FEES FOR STOLEN VEHICLES

In anticipation of expiration of AutoReturn's towing contract in 2015, hearing will explore need to modify new contract to treat owners of towed stolen vehicles more fairly, particularly around exorbitant fees and fines required to retrieve towed stolen vehicles

San Francisco, CA - At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for a hearing to review the city's automobile towing policies and fees with respect to stolen vehicles. At the hearing, the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA), AutoReturn - the private business that provides towing service for the city - and the San Francisco Police Department will be asked to discuss how the city and AutoReturn treat recovered stolen vehicles, including towing policies, how tow fees and penalties are structured, how stolen cars recovered on the street are processed, and how any new contract can be modified to treat the owners of stolen towed vehicles more fairly.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO CALL FOR HEARING ON CITY RESPONSE TO DROUGHT AND LEGISLATIVE SOLUTIONS - SUCH AS REQUIRING SEPARATE WATER METERS IN NEW BUILDINGS - TO REDUCE WATER USAGE

City Departments will report on practices and policies being implemented to reduce water usage and be asked to explore potential legislative solutions, including expanding water recycling/reuse efforts and requiring separate water meters within multi-unit buildings

San Francisco, CA - At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for an oversight hearing on the City's response to the drought, and potential legislative solutions to improve San Francisco's water conservation efforts. Areas of policy exploration include increasing water recycling/reuse and requiring individual water meters and plumbing systems that allow for water reuse. The hearing will take place at the first Government Audit and Oversight Committee hearing in September.

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BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY VOTES TO RECOMMENDS SODA TAX

Full Board of Supervisors will vote on soda tax next Tuesday July 22, with 8 out of 11 Supervisors now having expressed public support

Tax will fund nutrition, health, and physical activity programs in public schools, parks, health centers, and elsewhere, to address the impacts of diabetes, obesity, and other negative health effects associated with these drinks

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SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR END TO BAN ON BLOOD DONATION BY GAY MEN

Current federal rules established in 1983 prohibit any man who has had sex with another man at least once since 1977 from donating blood, regardless of other risk factors

San Francisco, CA - Today Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a resolution at the Board of Supervisors meeting calling for an end to the ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men. Currently, the Federal Drug Administration prohibits any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 from donating blood. The rationale stated by the FDA for these rules, which were established in 1983 during the height of the AIDS epidemic, is that men who have sex with men are at the highest risk for having HIV/AIDS. The rule has not changed in over thirty years, despite advances in health, awareness, and screening practices.

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY PASSES SUPERVISOR WIENER’S LEGISLATION TO INCENTIVIZE CONSTRUCTION OF ON-SITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Affordable units will no longer count against unit density limits when at least 20% of units in a development are designated affordable, thus increasing affordable housing production

San Francisco, CA - Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Supervisor Scott Wiener's legislation to incentivize construction of on-site affordable housing as part of market-rate developments. The legislation will create a trigger under which for any market-rate development that allocates at least 20% of its on-site units as affordable, none of those affordable units will count against the project's unit density limits. The current mandatory minimum is 12% affordable. Thus, developers will be able to include a higher number of affordable units without reducing the number of market-rate units.  There will no longer be a tension between producing affordable and market-rate units.

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SUPERVISORS WIENER SECURES KEY FUNDING FOR CLEAN AND SAFE PARKS AND PUBLIC SPACES IN CITY BUDGET

Proposed budget includes funding for Supervisor Wiener's Clean, Green & Safe Budget proposal to add cleaning crews, park patrol officers and tree care workers, as well as critical funding for Animal Care & Control and other needs

San Francisco, CA - Tonight, the Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors finalized the two-year $8.6 billion city budget for 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. Supervisor Scott Wiener, a member of the Committee, secured key funding in the budget for his Clean, Green & Safe budget proposal.  These priorities will increase the City's capacity to clean public spaces such as alleys and transit stations, significantly increase the Park Patrol, and increase the Recreation & Park Department's ability to care for its trees. These priorities were supported by various community groups, including San Francisco Beautiful, San Francisco Parks Alliance, and Friends of the Urban Forest.

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SUPERVISORS WIENER AND BREED TO INTRODUCE CLEAN ENERGY LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN SAN FRANCISCO'S PUBLIC POWER SYSTEM AND PROVIDE REVENUE FOR KEY INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS SUCH AS STREETLIGHTS

Ordinance will grant 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, Supervisors Scott Wiener and London Breed will introduce clean energy legislation to increase the electric customer base for San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission. 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 INTRODUCE RESOLUTION URGING MUNI DRIVERS TO END ILLEGAL SICK-OUT AND RETURN TO WORK

Board of Supervisors will vote today to take a position on the sick-out that has crippled transit system and created severe negative impacts on residents and the economy

San Francisco - At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a resolution urging San Francisco Muni drivers to end their illegal sick-out, return to work, and resolve their labor dispute through the required arbitration process. Due to the sudden emergence of the sick-out and its immediate and drastic impact on the city, the resolution will be placed on today's imperative agenda and voted on by the Board of Supervisors today. 

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