BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PASSES SUPERVISOR WIENER’S SUBWAY MASTER PLAN ALONG WITH EXTENSION OF TRANSIT IMPACT FEES TO RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

 Supervisor Wiener authored the Subway Master Plan, which requires a long-term plan for new subway construction, and played key role in moving forward Transportation Sustainability Fee, which will generate $1.3 billion over 30 years by assessing transit fees on new market-rate developments


San Francisco, CA-- Yesterday the Board of Supervisors approved two measures to address San Francisco’s need for an expanded transportation system. Supervisor Wiener authored the Subway Master Plan to create a roadmap for citywide subway construction in San Francisco, while the Transportation Sustainability Fee (TSF) will generate $44 million annually in new funding for transportation improvements. Supervisor Wiener worked on transit impact fee funding for five years, and partnered with Mayor Ed Lee and co-sponsors Supervisors London Breed and Julie Christensen to pass the TSF.

“For years we have dramatically underfunded transit and suffered from a lack of long-term vision regarding our transportation system,” said Supervisor Wiener. “Our transit systems are over-crowded, as are our streets. As our city and region grow, it’s imperative that we invest in public transportation, more subways, and much improved transit capacity and reliability. These two measures are key steps in this pro-transit effort.”

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO REMOVE UNNECESSARY PERMIT REQUIREMENTS FOR RESIDENTIAL WATER RECYCLING SYSTEMS

 Ordinance will remove the existing plumbing permit requirement for residents installing a simple greywater system to irrigate yards, gardens, and other outdoor areas around their homes


San Francisco, CA-- Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to remove the permit requirement for residents who want to install simple recycled water systems to irrigate gardens, yards, and other outdoor areas around their homes. Currently, a plumbing permit is required to install these simple greywater systems, adding cost and impediments that can discourage residents from making home improvements to conserve water.

Earlier this year, Supervisor Wiener authored legislation to require onsite water recycling systems in new large developments, which the Board of Supervisors passed unanimously in June. This made San Francisco the first city in the country to require recycled water to be used for irrigation and toilet flushing in new housing an office developments.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE CODE ENFORCEMENT REFORM LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE BUILDING SAFETY, CRACK DOWN ON CODE VIOLATORS, AND CREATE LOAN FUND TO CORRECT VIOLATIONS

 Legislative package will grant the City Attorney and the Department of Building Inspection greater authority to pursue code violations, unify the code enforcement processes for all departments to create more accountability, and create a revolving loan fund for small property owners to bring buildings up to code


San Francisco, CA-- Today Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce code enforcement reform legislation to improve San Francisco’s code enforcement process, strengthen the City’s ability to crack down on serial code violators, and help code violators who want to correct their violations but cannot afford to do so. San Francisco’s current code enforcement process lacks coordination among different departments charged with inspecting and enforcing codes to keep San Francisco’s building stock safe and habitable, and creates accountability gaps that prevents the city from addressing significant violations of the Buildings, Fire, Health, and Planning Codes.

The legislation grants the City Attorney’s Office and the Department of Building Inspection more tools to enforce code violations, while harmonizing code inspection and enforcement processes across different city codes to ensure greater accountability and coordination among city departments. For example, the legislation allows the City Attorney’s Office to file suit against code violators without a formal referral from a city department; currently, some departments refer almost no code violations, even serious and longstanding violations, for litigation.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR HEARING ON TRANSGENDER YOUTH ISSUES, CHALLENGES, AND POLICY NEEDS

 Hearing will focus on major issues confronting transgender and gender non-conforming children, adolescents, and their families; research advances; and what policy and budgetary solutions San Francisco can pursue to embrace and support these young people


San Francisco, CA-- At this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener called for a hearing on transgender and gender non-conforming children and adolescents, specifically, the needs of these young people and their families, including their health needs; the current state of the research in the area; and what the City of San Francisco can do to support these youth. At the hearing, city departments, policy experts, medical professionals, and community leaders will be asked to present on research and other work to address the needs of young transgender and gender non-conforming people, as well as policy and budgetary ideas to address the issues facing this community.

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SUPERVISORS CHRISTENSEN AND WIENER INITIATE PROCESS TO PURCHASE PAGODA THEATER SITE FOR NORTH BEACH SUBWAY STATION

 With co-sponsorship from Supervisor Scott Wiener, Supervisor Christensen directs city Department of Real Estate to appraise the value of the site as a first step toward city purchase of the site for a future North Beach subway station as part of the Central Subway


Supervisor Julie Christensen, with co-sponsorship from Supervisor Scott Wiener, has initiated the process for the City of San Francisco to purchase the site of the former Pagoda Theater to use as a future North Beach station on the Central Subway line. Supervisors Christensen and Wiener have directed the Department of Real Estate to appraise the site, so that the City can enter into negotiations with the property owner.

As a long-time neighborhood advocate for the Central Subway, Supervisor Christensen understands the importance of extending the Central Subway to North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf. Since becoming Supervisor for District 3 in January, Supervisor Christensen — building on the work of her predecessor, Assemblyman David Chiu — has been exploring options for purchasing the Pagoda Theater site to continue the expansion of the Central Subway through the district, and has made many attempts to discuss the purchase of this site from the property owner. The owners of the former Pagoda Theater site have pulled permits to build a development with 19 luxury condos over a large restaurant space.

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SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PASSES HOUSING LEGISLATION TO ALLOW NEW IN-LAW UNITS, EXPAND RENT CONTROLLED HOUSING

 Legislation by Supervisors Wiener and Christensen will allow for new in-law units — which are the most affordable type of non-subsidized housing and are subject to rent control if built within rent-controlled buildings — in unused spaces such as garages, large storage areas, and basements in Districts 8 and 3.


San Francisco, CA-- Today the Board of Supervisors passed two pieces of legislation authored by Supervisors Scott Wiener and Julie Christensen to allow the construction of new in-law units throughout Districts 8 and 3, which they represent on the Board of Supervisors. These two pieces of legislation follow on Supervisor Wiener’s Castro In-Law Unit legislation passed last year, as well as his recently passed legislation to allow for the addition of in-law units in apartment buildings undergoing seismic retrofit. New in-law units must be added within a building’s existing envelope, and new units added in rent-controlled buildings will be rent-controlled as well.

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SUPERVISOR SCOTT WIENER DECLARES CANDIDACY FOR CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE

 With support of Senator Mark Leno and Proven Record of Leadership, Democrat Scott Wiener moves forward with Campaign for a Sustainable Future for California and the Bay Area


San Francisco--Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener, Democrat of San Francisco, announced his candidacy for the California State Senate, District 11. District 11 includes all of San Francisco, Daly City, Broadmoor, and Colma, and a portion of South San Francisco. The incumbent, Senator Mark Leno, is endorsing Wiener's candidacy, as are Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Assemblymember David Chiu, State Senator Jerry Hill, Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma, all 5 members of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, and numerous San Francisco and San Mateo County elected officials, labor unions, and community leaders.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER SECURES FUNDING FOR KEY PRIORITIES, INCLUDING PARKS, NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECTS, SENIOR AND YOUTH PROGRAMS, AND ARTS AND CULTURE PROGRAMS

Two year, $8.9 billion budget also includes funding for 8 police academy classes, for which Supervisor Wiener has advocated as part of his efforts to increase police staffing

 

San Francisco, CA– Today, the Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors finalized the two-year $8.9 billion city budget for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 fiscal years. Supervisor Scott Wiener, a member of the Budget Committee, secured funding in the budget for several key priorities, including parks and greening efforts, neighborhood projects, senior and youth services, and art and culture programs. He also advocated for eight new police academy classes over the next two years. 

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVES RESOLUTION CALLING FOR INCREASING POLICE STAFFING TO ACCOUNT FOR POPULATION GROWTH

Resolution calls for raising the minimum police staffing level from 1,971 to a minimum of 2,200 officers. While San Francisco’s population has grown significantly, as have crime rates, police staffing has gone down, and San Francisco has less staffing than peer cities. Report by Controller shows need for increased police staffing by hundreds of officers.

 

San Francisco, CA – Today the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution calling for significantly increased police staffing levels to reflect San Francisco’s significant population growth, including adjusting the definition of “minimum staffing” upward by several hundred officers. The resolution, which was sponsored by Supervisors Scott Wiener, Malia Cohen, and Mark Farrell, was passed by a vote of 6-5, with Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, Jane Kim, Eric Mar and Norman Yee opposing. 

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PASSES SUPERVISOR WIENER’S FIRST-IN-NATION ORDINANCE TO MANDATE WATER RECYCLING SYSTEMS IN NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND ESTABLISH POLICY OF USING RECYCLED WATER FOR CLEANING AND IRRIGATING PUBLIC SPACES

Ordinance will require onsite water reuse systems in new large developments and require all developments throughout the city to go through a water reuse analysis with the Public Utilities Commission. The ordinance also will set city policy that all irrigation and cleaning of public spaces should be done with non-drinking water within the next 5 years

San Francisco -- Today the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed legislation by Supervisor Scott Wiener to require new developments to use onsite water reuse systems – like greywater and blackwater systems – for non-potable uses like toilet flushing and irrigation. This makes San Francisco the first city in the nation to require developments to install recycled water systems.  The legislation also pushes city departments to use non-potable water for all cleaning and irrigation of public spaces within the next 5 years.

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