SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR LEGISLATION TO CLOSE BALLOT ARGUMENT LOOPHOLE

This loophole was recently employed by proponents of the Waterfront Height Limit Initiative to steal the opposition's official position in the voter pamphlet, robbing the voters of a legitimate opposition argument in the ballot

San Francisco, CA - Today at the Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will ask the City Attorney to draft legislation to close a loophole in the ballot argument lottery conducted by the Board of Elections. This undemocratic loophole allows any individual to submit dozens of ballot arguments, unfairly weighting the lottery so that their argument will be selected over individuals who only submit a single ballot argument. In the recent selection process for the June ballot pamphlet, the proponents of the Waterfront Height Limit Initiative used this tactic to flood the oppositional argument lottery - and won the right to be the official opponent of the ballot measure they support.  This robbed the legitimate opposition of the opportunity to present an argument in the ballot, and will leave voters with a misleading ballot pamphlet.

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STATEMENT FROM SAN FRANCISCO SUPERVISORS ON FIELD POLL’S NEW SODA TAX POLL NUMBERS

Field Poll released today finds that 78% of San Francisco Bay Area residents support soda tax to combat diabetes

San Francisco, CA - Today Supervisors Malia Cohen, Eric Mar and  Scott Wiener issued the following statement in reaction to the latest results from the Field Poll that show strong support for a soda tax in the San Francisco Bay Area. The statewide poll found that within the San Francisco Bay Area, 78% of residents favor a soda tax to fund school nutrition and physical activity programs to reduce diabetes.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF WATERFRONT BALLOT INITIATIVE

Resolution introduced today requests report on the measure's potential impacts on the City's housing (including affordable housing), infrastructure, transportation, and open space needs, as well as the City's tax base

San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a resolution at the Board of Supervisors calling for an impartial, multi-departmental study of the ballot measure to require voter approval of development projects that exceed current height limits on San Francisco's waterfront. In this study, city departments will report on how the proposed initiative ordinance will affect, if passed, the city's housing, infrastructure, transportation, and open spaced needs. The Resolution requests the reports be produced by March 7, 2014.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER SECURES DRAMATIC INCREASE IN STREETLIGHT CAPITAL FUNDING FOR UPCOMING FISCAL YEARS

Agreement with Mayor's Office and Public Utilities Commission includes spending $9 million over two years - an 18-fold increase - on streetlight capital needs and formulation of global assessment of deteriorated streetlight system's capital needs

San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener announced an agreement with the Mayor's Office and the Public Utilities Commission to secure $9 million for capital renovations to San Francisco's streetlights over the next two fiscal years.  In recent years, the PUC has been spending approximately $250,000 a year on its nearly 25,000 streetlights.  In addition, Supervisor Wiener, the Mayor's Office, and the PUC agreed that between now and April, the City will conduct a global assessment of the capital needs of San Francisco's streetlights, including a long-term plan to pay for these needs. This assessment will then be amended into San Francisco's Capital Plan, so that streetlights are part of San Francisco's ongoing Capital Planning process.

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San Francisco Supervisors to Introduce Unified Soda Tax Measure at Board of Supervisors Meeting Today

Proposal will put a sugar-sweetened beverage tax on the ballot to fund nutrition, health, and physical activity programs, and will replace the two separate pieces of legislation previously put forth by Supervisor Eric Mar and Scott Wiener

San Francisco, CA - At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, a coalition of San Francisco Supervisors will introduce a unified measure to implement a tax of two cents per ounce on the distribution of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages in San Francisco. The funds from the tax -- sponsored by Supervisors Eric Mar, Scott Wiener, Malia Cohen, John Avalos, David Chiu, and David Campos -- will be legally dedicated to fund City and public school nutrition, health and physical activity programs that will address the impacts of diabetes, obesity and other negative health effects associated with consumption of sugary beverages.

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SUPERVISORS WIENER AND COHEN CALL FOR HEARING TO REVIEW ENFORCEMENT OR LACK THEREOF AGAINST CODE VIOLATIONS IN SAN FRANCISCO BUIILDINGS

City departments will detail procedures for addressing code violations, including why certain extreme violations can linger for years and whether legislation is warranted to improve departmental coordination and effectiveness

San Francisco, CA - At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisors Scott Wiener and Malia Cohen will call for an oversight hearing to review city processes for inspecting and enforcing code violations in San Francisco buildings. At the hearing, the Department of Building Inspection, Planning Department, Department of Public Health, and Fire Department will be asked to detail departmental procedures for responding to code violations and deciding whether and how to enforce.  The departments will also be asked to explain why certain serious code violations are allowed to linger for long periods of time.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO CALL FOR OVERSIGHT HEARING ON CRITICAL YET DISRUPTIVE ROAD WORK HAPPENING THROUGHOUT SAN FRANCISCO

Key infrastructure work - including sewer, water, and natural gas upgrades, as well as road resurfacing projects - is tearing up streets and disrupting neighborhoods.

San Francisco, CA - At tomorrow's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for an oversight hearing on the extensive infrastructure work occurring on San Francisco's streets.

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Supervisor Wiener to Introduce Tax on Sugary Beverages to Combat High Levels of Diabetes and Obesity

Two cents per ounce tax - with funding dedicated to City and public school nutrition, health, and physical activity programs - will address diabetes and obesity epidemics by decreasing consumption and funding programs that improve health

SAN FRANCISCO--At tomorrow's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation creating a tax of two cents per ounce on the distribution of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages in San Francisco. The proceeds of the tax will be legally dedicated to fund active recreation and nutrition programs in schools, parks, and elsewhere, for example, physical education, school lunch, after-school programs, expansion of recreation center hours and physical activity offerings, and programs by community based organizations offering physical activity, health, and nutrition programs.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE IN-LAW UNIT LEGISLATION TO CREATE MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPTIONS IN THE CASTRO

Legislation will allow for previously prohibited new in-law units within residential properties in the Castro neighborhood, in order to increase affordable and accessible rental options for individuals, like LGBT seniors, who are continuing to be priced out of the neighborhood.

San Francisco, CA - At next week's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation allowing for construction of new in-law units (sometimes known as secondary, granny, or accessory units) within residential buildings in the Castro neighborhood. In-law units are often built in garage, basement, or storage spaces. These new units will offer an affordable and accessible housing option for individuals in the Castro, including LGBT seniors, who are being priced out of the neighborhood. The units will be rent-controlled if constructed within buildings that are currently rent-controlled.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR CITY-WIDE BIKE SHARE PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION BY 2014

Supervisor will introduce a resolution calling for MTA to use planned pilot program to launch broader program,

Starting this year, San Francisco will participate in a bike-sharing pilot program that will service a small portion of the downtown core of the city. At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a resolution calling for the Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) to build off this pilot to implement a city-wide, full-scale bike-sharing system by 2014.

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