San Francisco – Today Supervisor Wiener released the following statement on the mass shooting targeting the LGBT community in Orlando:

“Today we mourn for the dozens of people murdered in cold blood due to extreme, violent hatred against the LGBT community. We remember and honor those who perished and those who survived. We send prayers to their family. Let's also recommit to battling and defeating the homophobia and transphobia in this country and around the world that directly leads to this kind of violence. Too many political and religious leaders continue to attack the LGBT community and define us as less than fully part of society. That has to stop. We mourn today. And then we fight. We will win, and love will conquer hate.”

Supervisor Wiener’s Statement on Dolores Park Picnic Reservations

Yesterday, after I learned that the Recreation and Park Department had instituted a “pilot program” to allow for reservations of park space in Dolores Park for picnics, birthday parties, etc., I spoke with Rec & Park to find out what was actually going on. It’s important for elected officials to obtain the facts before making public pronouncements, rather than grandstanding based on no information.

To be clear: reserving picnic tables and lawn areas is common practice throughout San Francisco’s park system and has been for decades. Indeed, in Dolores Park itself, it has long been the case that a few areas of the park — both picnic tables and lawn areas — can be reserved for picnics and parties. So, this is not new in Dolores Park or any other park in the city. Rec & Park is simply reinstating the previous state of affairs.

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Legislation allows City departments to evaluate and factor in past performance of contractors when awarding public contracts in addition to the bid price. Previously, only the bid price is considered, with lowest bidder being awarded the contract.

San Francisco – (May 17, 2016) Today the Board of Supervisors approved Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation reforming San Francisco’s public contracting process, by allowing City Departments to evaluate contractors’ past performance when awarding public project contracts. Under the current bid award system, only the bid price is considered, with the lowest bidder automatically receiving the contract award. No other factor, including past performance, safety record, or relevant experience is included when awarding bids. Supervisor Wiener’s legislation changes that process so that City departments, in addition to considering bid price, can also consider the contractor’s track record. The legislation was co-sponsored by Board President London Breed, Supervisor Katy Tang, and Supervisor Norman Yee.

The legislation will ensure that taxpayers receive the best value from public contracts. While bid price clearly plays a significant role in determining best value, a low bid followed by poor performance – whether poor workmanship, delayed work, under-staffed work, or excessive change orders – can result in higher costs to the public. By considering contractors’ track record, in addition to bid price, city departments can maximize overall value for taxpayers.

“Today we took a great step toward getting the best value for taxpayers when we contract for public projects,” said Supervisor Wiener. “If a contractor has a history of cost overruns or safety issues, we need to be able to factor that into the process for awarding a contract. As San Francisco embarks on tens of billions of dollars in public infrastructure investments in the coming decades, the public deserves to have the confidence that the City will work with contractors to deliver projects safely, accurately, and within budget.”

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Legislation will close a loophole in the San Francisco Rent Ordinance that exempts recipients of the federal housing program for people living with HIV/AIDS (known as HOPWA) from rent control

San Francisco – (May 17, 2016) Today Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to extend rent control to people living with HIV/AIDS who are a part of a federal housing subsidy program known as HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS). Under the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, HOPWA recipients do not receive the same rent protections under rent control as someone living in the same building who does not receive a HOPWA subsidy. Specifically, HOPWA recipients have no protections against rent increases, which means that even if they live in a rent-controlled building, their rent can be increased to market rate at any time. Supervisor Wiener’s legislation will end this exemption so that HOPWA recipients, many of whom are seniors and long-term HIV survivors, have the same rent control protections as anyone else.

“People living with HIV/AIDS endure challenges every day, and worrying about whether their rent is going to dramatically increase should not be one of those challenges,” said Supervisor Wiener. “It makes no sense that just because you receive a subsidy to help you pay rent that you don’t have the full protections of rent control. HOPWA recipients are some of our most vulnerable friends and neighbors, and we need to do whatever we can do keep them secure in their homes and in our neighborhoods.”

HOPWA is a federal program that provides housing assistance and supportive services for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. Those eligible for the rental assistance portion of HOPWA can receive a subsidy to pay a portion of their monthly rent. There are 240 recipients in San Francisco’s HOPWA program.

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"Big 3" Bay Area Mayors Endorse Scott Wiener for State Senate

Citing Wiener's regional leadership on housing, transportation, and other key challenges facing the Bay Area, Mayors Edwin Lee of San Francisco, Libby Schaaf of Oakland, and Sam Liccardo of San Jose endorse his candidacy

San Francisco - (May 10, 2016) Today, the Mayors of the three big Bay Area cities - San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo - all endorsed Supervisor Scott Wiener's candidacy for the California State Senate. 

In endorsing Wiener, the three Mayors cited the critical need for the Bay Area to work together to tackle the regions's challenges around housing, transportation, water, and other issues, as well as Wiener's demonstrated track record of effective leadership.

"Scott Wiener consistently stands up for smart housing and transportation policy," said Mayor Lee. "San Francisco's congestion and housing affordability problems cannot be solved in a vacuum, and the region needs to work together. I've seen Scott's ability to bring regional leaders together, and that ability will serve him - and San Francisco - well in the State Senate."

According to Mayor Schaaf: "Scott understands that our cities must work closely together to improve our transit systems and to make housing more affordable. He shows effective leadership around regional transportation policy and investment. He doesn't limit his transit advocacy to Muni and is a strong supporter of BART, Caltrain, and other regional transit operators. Our region is so interconnected, and we need regional-thinking leaders like Scott Wiener representing us in the State Senate and making sure the state plays a constructive role in helping us succeed."

Mayor Liccardo added: "San Francisco, San Mateo County, and San Jose are deeply connected economically and environmentally. Decisions around housing and transportation in one city affect other cities, and we need ever-increasing regional coordination. I've personally observed Scott Wiener's ability to work across regional lines to create partnerships and get things done. The Bay Area's state legislative delegation needs to go to the mat for our region and our state's future, and Scott will do that effectively."

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Supervisor Wiener to Call for Hearing on How Newly Adopted State Medical Cannabis Bill Impacts Local Businesses

City departments will be asked to report on how the recently adopted Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) has impacted local cannabis laws, particularly in non-retail areas like cultivation and manufacturing, and what San Francisco needs to do to allow the existence of a well-regulated and successful medical cannabis industry

San Francisco — (May 3, 2016) Today Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for a hearing on the local impacts of the newly adopted state medical cannabis law, known as MMRSA — the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act. This new law, which went into effect in late 2015, changes how the state regulates and oversees the medical cannabis industry, including what powers and procedures local jurisdictions must follow. In particular, this law will impact non-retail operations, like cultivation and manufacturing, in a way that requires changes to San Francisco’s local regulations. At the hearing, the Department of Public Health, the Planning Department, and the Department of Building Inspection will be asked to report.

“San Francisco has long been a leader in fostering a strong and well-regulated medical cannabis industry, but with the passage of this new state bill, we are in danger of falling behind,” said Supervisor Wiener. “If our current local laws aren’t amended, we will prevent many existing cultivation and manufacturing companies from continuing to operate. These businesses, which include small, local operators, need to have a fair regulatory system in which to operate.”

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Scott Wiener Raises Over $1,300,000 In Race for State Senate District 11

Wiener raises over $478,000 in the period from January 1st through April 23rd. Substantial cash on hand provides resources for continued implementation of robust communications program for June 7th election, and puts Wiener in a strong financial position heading into November general election.

San Francisco, CA - (April 29, 2016) In the second campaign finance disclosure report in the race for State Senate District 11 (San Francisco and Northern San Mateo County), Supervisor Scott Wiener raised a total of $1,331,231.99, $478,694.00 of that amount since January.

Wiener’s cash on hand of over $797,000 will allow the campaign to effectively communicate with June primary voters, while putting the campaign in strong financial position heading into the November election, where an extremely high voter turnout is expected.

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Supervisor Wiener to Introduce Legislation to Ban Public Spending in States with LGBT Hate Laws

Ordinance will target not just travel for official city business, but will also ban contracting with and purchasing from companies in states that legally sanction discrimination against the LGBT community

San Francisco — (April 26, 2016) Today Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to prohibit City spending — travel, purchasing, and contracting — in states that have passed LGBT hate laws. The legislation was drafted in response to recent 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.

“San Francisco needs to stand up and be very clear that we won’t do business in states that discriminate against the LGBT community,” said Supervisor Wiener. “By banning the use of taxpayer dollars in these states, we can set an example for other jurisdictions and build momentum to put an end to this nonsense. Our LGBT community does not deserve to be attacked like this. Enough is enough.”

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Supervisor Scott Wiener Announces New Endorsements From Diverse Endorsers in San Francisco and Northern San Mateo County

Wiener continues to earn endorsements from local, diverse organizations and leaders in the Senate district he is running to represent, including San Francisco Parent PAC, Peninsula Young Democrats, Chinese American Citizens Alliance, and other grassroots local organizations 

San Francisco – (April 21, 2016) Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener, candidate for State Senate (District 11 representing San Francisco and Northern San Mateo county), announced new endorsements from a wide range of local organizations located in the State Senate district he is running to represent. 

Wiener announced endorsements from local organizations San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (advocating for public school parents and their children), Peninsula Young Democrats, City Democratic Club, District 5 Democratic Club, Small Property Owners of San Francisco, Honor PAC (advocating for LGBT Latino/as), Chinese American Citizens Alliance, and the Chinese American Democratic Club. These latest announcements follow the endorsement of Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who announced her support for Supervisor Wiener’s State Senate candidacy last week. 

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Board of Supervisors Unanimously Passes Supervisor Wiener's Legislation to Require Solar Power on New Buildings

Renewable energy ordinance makes San Francisco first major city in the country to require solar panels be installed on new construction.

San Francisco – (April 19, 2016) Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation to require solar panels be installed on new residential and commercial buildings constructed in San Francisco. This legislation makes San Francisco the first major city in the country to require solar to be installed on new construction. This legislation will help move San Francisco towards its goal of meeting 100% of the City’s electricity demand with renewable energy.

“By increasing our use of solar power, San Francisco is once again leading the nation in the fight against climate change and the reduction of our reliance on fossil fuels,” said Supervisor Wiener. “Activating underutilized roof space is a smart and efficient way to promote the use of solar energy and improve our environment. We need to continue to pursue aggressive renewable energy policies to ensure a sustainable future for our city and our region.”

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