Board of Supervisors unanimously approves Supervisor Wiener’s ordinance targeting not just travel for official city business, but also bans contracting with and purchasing from companies in states that legally sanction discrimination against the LGBT community

San Francisco, CA – (September 27, 2016) Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation to prohibit City spending - travel, purchasing, and contracting - in states that have passed anti-LGBT hate laws. The legislation was drafted in response to discriminatory laws passed in states like North Carolina and Mississippi that target the LGBT community. The legislation will statutorily ban city-sponsored travel to states with LGBT hate laws, codifying Mayor Edwin Lee's executive order, and will further make San Francisco the first jurisdiction to ban city-funded contracting with companies that are headquartered in these states, as well as purchase of goods and services produced in these states.

“Today San Francisco took a strong stand against anti-LGBT hate laws in our country,” said Supervisor Wiener. “I’m proud that our city is stepping out and being a leader in this fight. I hope other jurisdictions follow suit and send a clear message that these laws have no place in our country.”

Recent discriminatory laws that have been passed include North Carolina’s HB 2 which bans cities from passing statutes to protect LGBT people and requires transgender people to use public bathrooms corresponding with the gender on their birth certificate. Mississippi also passed a law that allows businesses to deny services or goods to gay and transgender people.

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SB 7, authored by Senator Lois Wolk, requires water submeters to be installed in new developments. Supervisor Wiener has a pending local measure to do the same

San Francisco – Today Supervisor Scott Wiener made the following statement today regarding the news that Governor Jerry Brown has signed California Senate Bill 7, which requires water submeters in new developments throughout California. Supervisor Wiener had proposed a similar bill at the local level, which he is now likely to table, pending review.

“I want to thank Governor Brown and the California Legislature for approving this important bill to improve water conservation in California. In particular, Senator Lois Wolk should be commended for her commitment and years of work to get SB 7 approved. Requiring water submeters in our buildings gives residents essential information on how much water they are personally consuming, just as it does with electricity. This improves personal efforts to conserve water, which we all need to focus on to improve our response to this current drought, and the droughts to come. This is an important step to changing how California, where we need to continue to address how we think about, use, and conserve water.”

Supervisor Wiener had introduced an ordinance earlier this year that requires all new multi-unit developments to install water submeters for each unit. It also sets rules and regulations for how property owners would be allowed to bill tenants for water. SB 7 supersedes the need for this bill at the local level and Supervisor Wiener will table his local bill after a final review.

Jane Kim Supporters Attempt to Smear Scott Wiener on Transgender Rights

For a quarter century, I have long been an ardent supporter and fighter for the transgender community, particularly working to expand healthcare access for low income transgender people. I recently learned of comments from three years ago attributed to one of my thousands of supporters. If my supporter made those comments - and she states the comments were taken out of context and that she supports the trans community - then I vigorously reject and disagree with the comments. I continue to engage in dialogue with my supporter so that I can understand her position and make clear to her that support for the trans community is personally important to me, including ensuring trans restroom access.

Partisan supporters of my opponent, Jane Kim, have latched on and manipulated this situation to attack me and to attack the entire Chinese American community. They are peddling the lie that I am somehow less than fully supportive of the trans community - a lie that is at odds with my quarter century of work to support the trans community. They also picketed a Chinese community fundraiser for my campaign - with hundreds of Chinese community members and leaders, including elected officials and the First Lady of San Francisco - and announced that the entire event was full of transphobes. Lies about me and broad-brush, racist stereotypes of an entire community have no place in San Francisco.

Rather than use a single person’s comments to attack me, I would hope my opponents might use this situation as an opportunity to educate our entire community and change attitudes about the needs of the transgender community. However, these partisans are more intent on trying to tear me down with false claims than they are interested in helping the trans community.

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Legislation will establish group of community leaders to work with City agencies to protect and preserve LGBT nightlife

San Francisco, CA – (September 12, 2016) Today Supervisor Wiener announced that he will introduce legislation to create a working group that will be charged with supporting LGBT nightlife and creating the long-stalled LGBT cultural heritage district. The legislation will be introduced at tomorrow’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

“Our LGBT nightlife venues are at the heart of the LGBT community, and we must proactively support and protect these sacred spaces,” said Supervisor Wiener. “LGBT nightlife venues aren’t simply places to go out and have fun, although they are certainly that. They’re also safe spaces and places where we go to build community. Generations of LGBT people have found their community at LGBT bars and nightclubs. Generations have grown up and come out in these venues. We need to make sure that these spaces continue to exist for future generations. Too many of our LGBT nightlife venues are at risk of disappearing. Now is the time for the City to step up, partner with the LGBT community, and find smart and sustainable ways to support and protect these venues.”

On Monday, Supervisor Wiener held a hearing at the Land Use and Transportation Committee of the Board of Supervisors about how best to protect and preserve LGBT nightlife spaces and how to push forward the long-stalled LGBT Cultural Heritage District. At the hearing, members of the community and representatives from the Planning Department both spoke in favor of an LGBT Nightlife Working Group being an important step towards moving the LGBT Cultural Heritage District forward, as well as being useful to supporting LGBT nightlife.

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Supervisor Jane Kim Continues to Choose Tents Over Housing Solutions

Kim’s tent protection legislation, to be heard at today’s Public Safety & Neighborhood Services Committee, doubles down on Kim’s commitment to prevent the removal of tents from sidewalks, while at the same time voting against actual solutions for housing homeless residents

San Francisco, CA – (September 8, 2016) Today, the Board of Supervisors Public Safety & Neighborhood Services Committee will hold a hearing on Supervisor Jane Kim’s legislation to protect tents on sidewalks and other public spaces. By requiring permanent housing before tents can be removed from public spaces, Kim is ensuring that no tents will be removed. Moreover, even if permanent housing is available, Kim's legislation requires that the tents be left alone on sidewalks for a week or two weeks.

Rather than supporting an actual solution that would create the permanent housing that Kim is requiring as part of her tent protection legislation, she voted against $50 million in annual funding - $1 billion over 20 years - that will create permanent housing for homeless people, and build additional navigation centers to get people off the streets and into services. Kim broke with fellow Supervisors John Avalos and David Campos in her opposition to Proposition K that will provide the funding needed to create homeless housing and shelters.

"Protecting the right to pitch tents on public sidewalks is more important to Jane Kim than ensuring sustainable funding for new housing and navigation centers that would actually move the homeless off the street and into permanent housing,” said Jeff Sparks, campaign manager at Wiener for State Senate.

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Update to Supervisor Wiener’s 2012 Economic Impact Report on Entertainment and Nightlife shows that over the last 5 years, these industries have outpaced average citywide trends in job growth, and shown strong growth in economic productivity and tax contributions

San Francisco – (September 8, 2016) Today the City Economist released an update to Supervisor Wiener’s Entertainment and Nightlife Economic Impact Report that shows a significant increase in economic productivity, job growth, and tax contributions. The original report, called for by Supervisor Wiener in 2012, demonstrated the significant economic benefit of the entertainment and nightlife industries.

The new study – which can be viewed here -- shows that in 2015 the entertainment and nightlife industry:

  • Employed over 60,000 people
  • Generated $6 billion in annual revenue
  • Contributed $80 million in taxes to the General Fund

These numbers all show significant growth for the entertainment and nightlife industries since the initial study based on 2010 numbers. That original report can be found on the San Francisco Controller’s Website.

“Nightlife is at heart of San Francisco's culture and economy, and we must work to support this industry and its workers," said Supervisor Wiener. “San Francisco benefits from a strong nightlife industry, and this report shows the continued strength and importance of these businesses. Five years ago, when I called for the first version of this report, nightlife was too often considered a problem to be managed. After that report, we proved that entertainment and nightlife are not just a critical part of our culture, but also our economy, and I have worked with the industry and city agencies to improve permitting rules, increase late night transportation service, and promote nightlife generally. We also need to support the venues, like the Stud, that are so central to our community's identify.”

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Legislation will add green roofs, also known as living roofs, as an option to meet existing solar mandate requirement, making San Francisco the first city in the country with a comprehensive solar and green roof requirement

San Francisco –  (September 6, 2016) Today Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation that builds on the groundbreaking solar roofs ordinance passed earlier this year by allowing green roofs, also known as living roofs, to satisfy the requirement under the solar ordinance. In April, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Supervisor Wiener’s legislation to require solar panels be installed on most new construction. This legislation made San Francisco the first major city in the country to require solar to be installed on new construction.

The new addition of green roofs to this requirement will make San Francisco the first city in the country to implement this regulation. France has advanced similar requirements that will go into effect in 2017. With the passage of this legislation, between 15% and 30% of roof space on most new construction projects will incorporate solar, green roofs, or a blend of both. Supervisor Wiener's legislation was developed in coordination with the San Francisco Planning Department, the Department of the Environment, and SPUR.

“Climate change and our continuing drought demand that we take aggressive action to improve our city's sustainability, for people living here today and for future generations,” said Supervisor Wiener. “Rooftops are one of the last untapped environmental resources in our growing city, and we need to be strategic about how we activate these spaces. Our solar requirement was a great step, and by adding green roofs to the mix, we will make our buildings greener, our air cleaner, and our city healthier. San Francisco can continue to be a national leader on environmental policies.”

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Supervisor Jane Kim's Abysmal Housing Record

**For immediate release**

August 30, 2016
Contact: Jeff Sparks, 415-942-9373
Campaign Manager, Scott Wiener for State Senate

Supervisor Jane Kim’s Abysmal Housing Record:

***Legalize Tents on Sidewalks
***Block New Affordable Housing
***Throw Renters Under the Bus

San Francisco, CA – (August 30, 2016) While Supervisor Jane Kim held a sham, staged housing forum to purportedly find solutions to San Francisco’s housing crisis, San Francisco residents turned out in force to shine a light on the fact that Kim has an abysmal record of blocking housing, and siding with the rich and powerful while throwing renters under the bus.

“While Jane Kim holds her sham, carefully orchestrated forum to discuss housing solutions, voters deserve to know Kim's abysmal record on housing. Kim supports legalizing tents on sidewalks, while at the time voting against significant funding to create permanent housing for our homeless residents; she voted against 7,200 units of transit friendly housing; she supported a moratorium on housing; and she threw San Francisco’s renters under the bus by protecting the for-profit Academy of Art’s illegal conversion of rent-controlled housing,” stated Jeff Sparks, Campaign Manager. "It's particularly egregious that she advocates legalizing people living in squalor in sidewalk tents while voting against funding for actual housing for homeless people.”

“Supervisor Jane Kim is not who she says she is. She can hold all the sham forums in the world, but that doesn't change her anti-housing record. Voters deserve to know the facts about Jane Kim's poor housing record, because Jane’s sure isn't going to tell them," continued Sparks.

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Subway Vision Website Launches

Interactive Subway Vision website seeks public feedback on locations for future subways as required by Supervisor Wiener’s Subway Master Plan legislation

San Francisco — (August 18, 2016) Today Supervisor Wiener released the following statement on the launch of the Subway Vision website, which seeks public input on the future of subway construction in San Francisco. The website was created as part of the process required by the Subway Master Plan legislation authored by Supervisor Wiener. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, and the Planning Department have been collaborating on the site, which allows members of the public to draw subway routes and provide feedback on their visions for the future of San Francisco transit.

In 2015, Supervisor Wiener authored the Subway Master Plan legislation in order to ensure that San Francisco stays on track with transit expansions and improvements as San Francisco and the Bay Area continue to grow. Supervisor Wiener accompanied the legislation with an essay entitled “San Francisco Should Always Have A Subway Under Construction.”

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Board of Supervisors Places Street Tree Measure on Ballot for November Election

Measure put forth by Supervisors Wiener and Avalos requires city to take back responsibility for street trees, sidewalk damages caused by trees, and liability. Measure also provides dedicated funding to care for the trees, fix sidewalks, and expand number of trees.

San Francisco — (July 29, 2016) Today the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously placed a measure on the ballot authored by Supervisors Scott Wiener and John Avalos that will end the City’s street tree transfer program and guarantee funding to pay for street tree maintenance and liability. The ballot measure requires the City to assume responsibility for all street trees — including tree maintenance, sidewalk damage, and liability — and provides a long-term dedicated funding source to do so.

For six years, Supervisor Wiener has worked on this measure with Friends of the Urban Forest.

“Today, we took a major step toward a greener, more environmentally sustainable, healthier, and more beautiful city,” said Supervisor Wiener. “Trees matter, and for far too long San Francisco has essentially ignored these critical pieces of our urban fabric, through this unfair and counter-productive policy of dumping trees on property owners rather than investing public resources. Trees are key in addressing climate change, and study after study has shown that trees in a community make people healthier and help children learn. We all should be focused on taking care of our trees, and expanding our urban forest for future generations.”

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