Supervisor Wiener to Introduce Merit-Based Public Contracting Bid Reform Legislation

Legislation will replace current low-bid system by allowing City departments to evaluate past performance of contractors when awarding public contracts

San Francisco — (March 8, 2016)Today Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce 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 will change that process so that City departments, in addition to considering bid price, can also consider the contractor’s track record. The legislation has been co-sponsored by Board President London Breed and Supervisor Katy Tang.

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San Francisco joins New York City and a number of other smaller cities to reduce tobacco use, which is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. A current effort to set the statewide tobacco purchase age to 21 stalled in the California legislature.

San Francisco – (March 1, 2016) Today, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation to raise the tobacco purchasing age in San Francisco from 18 to 21. San Francisco becomes the second largest city in the country, after New York City, to set the tobacco purchasing age at 21. Earlier this year the State of Hawaii raised the tobacco purchase age to 21. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States, killing more than 480,000 people each year and costing the United States as much as $170 billion in health care expenditures.

“This is a big win in the fight against the leading cause of preventable deaths in our country,” said Supervisor Wiener. “For too long, we have seen the horrible effects that tobacco use has on our residents and particularly our young people. Passage of this legislation shows, once again, that San Francisco is a leader on progressive public health policy and that we are committed to reducing tobacco use in our city. I’m proud that San Francisco has joined other cities from across the country in the Tobacco 21 movement, and I hope this will push California to increase the tobacco purchase age statewide.”

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Scott Wiener Wins Official Endorsement of the Democratic Party

Wiener earns overwhelming support of Democratic grassroots activists by securing 80% of the vote in key strategic endorsement for State Senate race

San Francisco, CA – (February 29, 2016) On Sunday, February 28th Supervisor Scott Wiener earned the official State Senate endorsement of the Democratic Party at the Party’s statewide convention in San Jose. Wiener is now the official party standard-bearer in the race.

The Democratic Party endorsement is a key win and important strategic factor in the race for State Senate District 11 (San Francisco and northern San Mateo County). With Democratic Party registration in the district one of the highest Democratic registration percentages in the state - the endorsement is an important point of information for Democratic voters that Scott Wiener represents the progressive values of the Democratic Party, and has earned the support of the grassroots activists who work diligently to support the Party’s values.

“As a lifelong Democrat and former Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party, I couldn’t be more honored to be the Party’s officially endorsed candidate for State Senate,” stated Wiener. “The Democratic Party works tirelessly to protect our environment, expand affordable housing, ensure access to quality, affordable health care, fight to improve our schools, and protect a woman’s right to choose.”

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Supervisor Wiener Introduces Legislation to Require Solar Power on New Buildings

Renewable energy ordinance would make San Francisco first major city in the country to require solar panels be installed on new construction. Trailing legislation will allow living roofs to be used to satisfy this requirement

San Francisco — (February 25, 2016) On Tuesday, Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced legislation to require solar panels be installed on new residential and commercial buildings constructed in San Francisco. This legislation has the support of the San Francisco Department of the Environment and would make San Francisco the first major city in the country to require solar to be installed on new construction. Supervisor Wiener is also working on legislation, which will be introduced in the coming weeks, to include living roofs, aka green roofs, as eligible to satisfy this requirement. This legislation will help move San Francisco towards its goal of meeting 100% of the City’s electricity demand with renewable energy.

“To fight climate change and achieve a clean energy future, we need to take decisive steps to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels,” said Supervisor Wiener. “This legislation will activate our roofs, which are an under-utilized urban resource, to make our City more sustainable and our air cleaner. In a dense, urban environment, we need to be smart and efficient about how we maximize the use of our space to achieve goals like promoting renewable energy and improving our environment.”

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Supervisor Scott Wiener Announces Major New LGBT Endorsements in State Senate Race

Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund; California Legislative LGBT Caucus; John Cleary, Co-Chair of LGBT Caucus of California Democratic Party*; Debra Broner, Secretary of LGBT Caucus of California Democratic Party*; Demetri Moshoyannis; Health and Transgender Community Advocate Cecilia Chung; and former Bay Area Reporter Political Columnist and Harvey Milk Confidante Wayne Friday

Newest endorsements in campaign for Senate District 11 underscore Wiener’s effective leadership on LGBT issues

San Francisco, CA – (February 18, 2016) Today, Scott Wiener announced key new endorsements from LGBT organizations and community leaders in his race for State Senate, District 11:

Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund
The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund works to elect LGBT leaders to public office. Since 1991, the Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBT candidates win election to local, state and federal offices. In announcing the Victory Fund's endorsement of Wiener, CEO Aisha Moodie-Mills stated: "Scott Wiener has a 25-year history working to strengthen the LGBT community, including his key role building the LGBT Community Center and his support for people living with HIV, our growing LGBT senior population, and our LGBT youth. The Victory Fund is proud to endorse Scott's candidacy for State Senate and will work to get him elected and ensure continued LGBT representation in the State Legislature."

California Legislative LGBT Caucus
The California Legislative LGBT Caucus consists of the LGBT members of the California Legislature. The chair of the Caucus, Assemblymember Susan Eggman, emphasized Wiener's track record of legislative leadership on issues of importance to the LGBT community: “The LGBT Legislative Caucus proudly endorses Scott Wiener for State Senate and looks forward to working with him in support of the many issues that impact our community. Scott has a significant legislative record supporting the LGBT community, including his work to expand transgender healthcare access; to create a bill of rights for LGBT seniors in long-term care facilities; to protect and expand funding for HIV care and prevention services; to insist that insurance companies not escalate co-pays for HIV drugs; and to expand affordable housing opportunities for all LGBT people and particularly for LGBT seniors and at-risk youth."

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Supervisor Wiener to Call for Hearing on Plans to Move San Francisco to Develop Open Source Voting System

Hearing will explore current plans for funding, designing, and implementing a transparent, secure, and publicly viewable elections system to replace current private vendor model

San Francisco — (February 16, 2016) Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for a hearing on San Francisco’s efforts to fund, design, and implement an open source voting system that will provide for more a transparent, secure, and publicly viewable elections system. This builds on previous resolutions passed by the Board of Supervisors and the San Francisco Elections Commission that called for the City to develop and fund an open source elections system. At this hearing, the Department of Elections and the Elections Commission will discuss what the budget for the planning and implementation of an open source voting system would be, including budget costs and projected roll-out schedule.

“Secure and transparent elections are one of the bedrock principles of our democracy,” said Supervisor Wiener. “Additionally, a publicly developed system run on commercial off-the shelf hardware can save the city money in the long-term by eliminating the need for expensive, ongoing private vendor contracts. My office has continued to work with the Elections Commission and City staff to determine budget needs and project scope for implementing an open source voting system in San Francisco. I look forward to continuing to work towards this important good government measure.”

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Scott Wiener Adds To Growing List of State and Local Labor Endorsements in Campaign for State Senate District 11

Endorsements from California State Council of Laborers, Local 510 Sign and Display, and Daly City Firefighters demonstrate growing support by working men and women of labor

San Francisco, CA – (February 11, 2016) Today, Scott Wiener’s campaign for State Senate announced endorsements from the California State Council of Laborers, Local 510 Sign and Display Workers, and the Daly City Firefighters.

"Scott Wiener has a proven track record supporting public safety and our first responders," said President Nick Gracia of Daly City Firefighters Local 1879. "He has stood with firefighters to make sure fire equipment is safe and modern and to ensure we are investing in our public safety infrastructure. Scott has our full support."

“I’m grateful for the support of these unions and their hard working members. Improving quality of life for them and their families is my top priority, whether that’s making the bus or train they take to work faster and more reliable, creating more affordable housing, or making their neighborhood safer. I look forward to continuing that work for them in the State Senate,” stated Scott Wiener.


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Ordinance will expedite entitlement process by exempting 100% affordable housing projects from lengthy processes that add significant cost like conditional use authorization. Supervisor Wiener has also submitted a ballot measure that will move forward if the pending ordinance fails

San Francisco, CA (February 2, 2016)– Today the Board of Supervisors approved Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation to expedite the construction of affordable housing to address San Francisco’s housing crisis. The ordinance exempts all 100% affordable housing projects from conditional use authorizations, which can add months on to the entitlement process and increase costs for projects, even if the project has no opposition.

The legislation will not prevent neighbors from receiving notice of projects in their neighborhood, will still allow for full design review of each project, and will not prevent them from seeking discretionary review from the Planning Commission if they object to a project.

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Scott Wiener Raises Over $850,000 In Race for State Senate District 11

Strong fundraising numbers come on heels of polling showing Wiener with 15-point lead, as well as major step toward the Democratic Party endorsement by securing landslide 80% vote of delegates at grassroots endorsement caucus

San Francisco, CA (February 1, 2016) - In the first campaign finance disclosure report in the race for State Senate District 11, Supervisor Scott Wiener raised a substantial $852,287.99 from a broad and diverse range of donors.

Among Wiener’s nearly 1,200 donors - over 75% of whom live in San Francisco and a majority of whom donated $250 or less - are musicians, filmmakers, and artists; nurses, physicians, and caregivers; a pilates teacher, dog walker, and veterinarian; non-profit employees, and members of organized labor.

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Scott Wiener Secures 80% of California Democratic Party Endorsement Vote

Democratic grassroots activists vote overwhelmingly to endorse Wiener for State Senate District 11 – a major step toward Democratic Party endorsement

San Francisco, CA – On Sunday, January 31st, Supervisor Scott Wiener earned 80% of the vote at the California Democratic Party (CDP) pre-endorsement conference, a meeting of hundreds of Democratic, grassroots activists from Senate District 11, taking a major step toward the Democratic Party endorsement. That pre-endorsement vote will be ratified at the CDP statewide convention February 27th-29th.

These activists represent the core values and grassroots outreach that has made the Democratic Party so strong in the Bay Area. The conference delegates also include members of San Francisco’s chartered Democratic clubs such as the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club; the SF Young Democrats; The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club; the Asian Pacific Democratic Club; and the Mission Democratic Club.

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