SUPERVISOR WIENER PROPOSES BUDGET PACKAGE TO IMPROVE CLEANLINESS AND SAFETY OF PARKS AND OTHER PUBLIC SPACES

Proposal will fund hazardous tree care in City parks, protect parks from property damage, graffiti and illegal dumping, and enhance cleaning and landscaping services for sidewalks, plazas, medians and other public spaces

San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener announced that, along with a community coalition, he is pursuing a package of budget enhancements designed to keep public spaces clean, well-maintained, and safe.  Joining Supervisor Wiener to support these enhancements are Friends of the Urban Forest, San Francisco Beautiful, and the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE CHARTER AMENDMENT TYING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FUNDING TO POPULATION GROWTH

Measure for November ballot will address strains on transit systems arising from population and job growth, by increasing charter-mandated transportation funding based on growth, with funds dedicated to Muni reliability, frequency, and capacity, as well as street safety improvements

San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a charter amendment, for the November ballot, to require that transportation funding in San Francisco, as established in the City Charter, be increased annually based on population growth.

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY PASSES SUPERVISOR WIENER'S LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE PLACEMENT OF UTILITY BOXES ON CITY SIDEWALKS

Legislation will address neighborhood concerns associated with placement of over 700 AT&T U-verse cabinets on San Francisco sidewalks by establishing a clear, community-based process, requiring efforts to place the boxes on private property, creating greening and artwork requirements for the boxes, creating strict graffiti removal standards, and requiring annual evaluation of feasibility of under grounding cabinets

San Francisco, CA - Today the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Supervisor Scott Wiener's legislation to improve the process of placing utility boxes on city sidewalks. The new law will require improved, front-loaded outreach to neighborhoods, require utilities to allow artwork on their boxes and plant and maintain greening near the boxes, impose strict standards for graffiti removal, and require utilities to make meaningful efforts to place the boxes on private property rather than blocking sidewalks. While state law does not allow the city to ban the placement of these boxes on city sidewalks, it does grant local jurisdictions significant leeway in creating a community-based process as well as siting standards.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER APPLAUDS MAYOR LEE’S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT HE WILL PROPOSE BACKFILLING ALL FEDERAL HIV FUNDING CUTS

At hearing called by Supervisor Wiener to encourage local backfilling of $2.7 million in federal HIV care and prevention cuts, mayoral staff stated that Mayor Lee will propose backfilling 100% of the cuts in his May budget proposal to the Board of Supervisors

San Francisco, CA - Today, at a hearing called by Supervisor Scott Wiener to assess potentially devastating federal budget cuts to HIV services in San Francisco, representatives from Mayor Ed Lee's office announced the Mayor's intent to propose backfilling the entirety of the estimated $2.7 million in cuts as part of the Mayor's budget proposal to the Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Wiener applauds the Mayor's support for these critical prevention and treatment services.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR MEASURES TO STOP SUBVERSION OF PEDESTRIAN STREET SAFETY DUE TO ACTIONS OF CITY DEPARTMENTS

Recent insistence by Fire Department and Department of Public Works on overly wide, suburban-style streets in Hunters Point and Candlestick Point developments - ignoring clear pedestrian safety directives - demonstrates the need for code changes, smaller fire trucks, and oversight measures governing San Francisco street design

San Francisco, CA - At today's Board of Supervisors meetings, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for a series of measures - including Fire Code amendments and an evaluation of whether San Francisco's fire trucks are too large for our narrow streets - to ensure safe street design and bolster pedestrian safety and neighborhood livability.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR COMPREHENSIVE LATE NIGHT TRANSPORTATION PLAN

After hearing on late night transportation - and inadequacies leading to problems for late night businesses, workers, and patrons - resolution will form working group to formulate an integrated plan to improve late night transportation

San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a resolution at the Board of Supervisors calling for the formation of a Late Night Transportation Working Group, which will be tasked with creating a comprehensive plan to improve late night transportation in San Francisco. At a hearing convened by Supervisor Wiener earlier this month, city departments, nightlife advocates, transportation providers, and late night employers and workers detailed the lack of late night transit options.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR CREATION OF LATE NIGHT TRANSPORTATION WORKING GROUP

Resolution to be introduced today at the Board of Supervisors will call for a Late Night Transit Group that will be tasked with creating a Late Night Integrated Transportation Plan to address the need for safe, comprehensive nighttime travel in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a resolution at the Board of Supervisors calling for the formation of a Late Night Transportation Working Group, which will be tasked with creating a comprehensive plan to improve late night transportation in San Francisco. At a hearing convened by Supervisor Wiener earlier this month, city departments, nightlife advocates, transportation providers, and late night employers and workers detailed the lack of late night transit options.

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PASSES SUPERVISOR WIENER’S CASTRO IN-LAW UNIT LEGISLATION

Legislation will allow for the creation of new in-law units - which are 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 the Board of Supervisors passed Supervisor Scott Wiener's legislation to create new in-law units in the Castro. The legislation will allow property owners in the Castro neighborhood to add one or two in-law units (depending on the size of the building) in order to increase the neighborhood's housing supply. Units placed in rent-controlled buildings will be rent-controlled, meaning that the legislation will allow for the creation of new rent-controlled units.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR HEARING ON FUNDING FOR HIV SERVICES, INCLUDING NEED TO BACKFILL FEDERAL BUDGET CUTS

City staff and community organizations will report on funding shortfalls due to federal budget cuts, impacts on service, and proposals to backfill the cuts in city budget

San Francisco - Tomorrow at the Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for a hearing to discuss funding proposals for HIV services in the upcoming 2014/2015 San Francisco budget, including expected federal budget cuts for HIV care and prevention services. San Francisco has experienced huge HIV funding cuts from the federal government in recent years. Supervisor Wiener has worked each year with the community, the Mayor, and city staff to backfill those cuts in the city budget.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE PLACEMENT OF UTILITY BOXES ON CITY STREETS

Legislation will address neighborhood concerns associated with the placement of over 700 AT&T U-verse cabinets on San Francisco streets by establishing a clear, community-based process, requiring efforts to place the boxes on private property, and creating beautification and artwork requirements for the boxes

San Francisco, CA -  At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to codify and establish an improved  process to govern the placement of utility boxes on city sidewalks. The legislation, for the first time, will put binding procedures in place to require outreach to neighborhoods, require utilities to allow artwork on their boxes and place greening near the boxes, and make meaningful efforts to place the boxes on private property rather than blocking sidewalks. Under state law, utilities have a right to place boxes on neighborhood sidewalks - meaning the city cannot ban these boxes - but local jurisdictions have significant leeway in requiring a community-based process and siting standards.

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