BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO VOTE ON 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

WHEN:           Tuesday, June 16th, 2:00 PM

WHERE:         Board of Supervisors Meeting

                             San Francisco City Hall

                             Room 250

WHAT:           Today the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will hear legislation sponsored 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. The legislation also pushes city departments to use non-potable water for all cleaning and irrigation of public spaces within the next 5 years. Increasing the use of non-potable water will decrease the use of Hetch Hetchy drinking water for irrigation and toilet flushing. The legislation will require new large developments of 250,000 or more square feet to use onsite water reuse systems for non-potable uses, while also requiring all developments citywide 40,000 square feet and above to go through an onsite water reuse analysis by the PUC. These systems include capturing greywater from sinks and laundries, rainwater, and foundation water. The legislation will also make it city policy that within the next 5 years, city departments use only non-potable water for irrigation and cleaning of public spaces, like streets, parks, plazas and medians. City departments must report back within two years on the feasibility and needs required of implementing these policies, including budget costs. The legislation has been endorsed by the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters. The Land Use and Transportation Committee unanimously endorsed the legislation last Monday.

CONTACT:    Supervisor Scott Wiener, (415) 554-6968, scott.wiener@sfgov.org


LAND USE COMMITTEE TO HEAR RESOLUTION BY SUPERVISORS WIENER AND COHEN TO SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE POLICE STAFFING IN LIGHT OF POPULATION GROWTH, LOW STAFFING LEVELS, AND HIGH CRIME RATES

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 will show need for increased police staffing by hundreds of officers. Resolution by Supervisors Wiener and Cohen calls for policy to increase police staffing levels

WHEN:           Monday, June 15th, 1:30 PM

WHERE:         Land Use and Transportation Committee

                             San Francisco City Hall

                             Room 250

WHAT:           Today the Land Use and Transportation Committee will hear a report by the Controller’s Office on San Francisco police staffing levels and consider a resolution introduced by Supervisors Wiener and Cohen to tie police staffing goals to population growth. At the hearing, the Controller’s Office will present a report showing how San Francisco’s police staffing levels have decline in recent years and how overall staffing compares unfavorably to other cities. The current number of sworn full duty officers in San Francisco is 1,730, down from 1,951 in 2010.  This staffing places San Francisco significantly behind peer cities such as Washington, DC, Chicago, and Philadelphia in terms of police officers per capita.  As a result of this severe decline in staffing – at a time when San Francisco’s population has grown dramatically and when new neighborhoods have been created – the police department has struggled to have sufficient beat officers, effective traffic enforcement, and consistent enforcement against property crimes.  As San Francisco works to get back to acceptable police staffing levels, the question becomes what is the right staffing level. The City Charter as adopted in 1994 defines full staffing as 1,971 officers. Yet, that number is now outdated, since San Francisco has grown significantly since that number was adopted in 1994 – from 742,000 to 841,000, an increase of 13.3%. Supervisor Wiener and Cohen’s resolution takes that population growth into account by redefining full police staffing as over 2,200 (i.e., 13.3% above the 1,971 minimum staffing level set in 1994). The San Francisco Police Department will also present data at the hearing.

CONTACT:   Supervisor Scott Wiener, (415) 554-6968, scott.wiener@sfgov.org


SUPERVISORS WIENER AND COHEN INTRODUCE RESOLUTION CALLING FOR INCREASING POLICE STAFFING TO ACCOUNT FOR POPULATION GROWTH

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 will show need for increased police staffing by hundreds of officers.

San Francisco, CA – This past Tuesday, Supervisors Scott Wiener and Malia Cohen introduced a resolution calling 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 will be heard this coming Monday at the Land Use and Transportation Committee, where the Controller’s Office will present a report on San Francisco police staffing that was requested earlier this year by Supervisors Wiener and Cohen. The Police Department will also present on crime trends and staffing needs. 

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SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY PASSES FIRST IN THE NATION LEGISLATION TO COMBAT SODA ADVERTISING AND PROHIBIT CITY SPENDING ON SUGAR-SWEETENED BEVERAGES

Legislation introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener and Malia Cohen will make San Francisco the first jurisdiction to require health warnings on soda advertisements and to ban soda advertisements on publicly owned property. Supervisor Eric Mar’s legislation will prohibit city spending on sodas and sugary beverages

 

 

San Francisco, CA – Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation that will target advertising of sodas, by requiring health warnings on posted ads in San Francisco and banning ads on publicly owned property, and by prohibiting the use of city funds for the purchase of sugary beverages. The health warning legislation sponsored by Supervisor Wiener would make San Francisco the first jurisdiction in the nation to require health warnings in connection with sugar-sweetened beverages. The legislation banning advertisements on public property, sponsored by Supervisor Cohen, would make San Francisco the first city to take this action.

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO VOTE ON LEGISLATION TO PLACE HEALTH WARNINGS ON SODA ADVERTISEMENTS, BAN ADVERTISING ON PUBLIC PROPERTY AND PROHIBIT SPENDING OF PUBLIC FUNDS ON SUGARY BEVERAGES

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO VOTE ON LEGISLATION TO PLACE HEALTH WARNINGS ON SODA ADVERTISEMENTS, BAN ADVERTISING ON PUBLIC PROPERTY AND PROHIBIT SPENDING OF PUBLIC FUNDS ON SUGARY BEVERAGES

Legislation introduced by Supervisor Wiener will make San Francisco the first jurisdiction to require health warnings on soda advertisements posted in San Francisco. At same meeting Board will also vote on legislation by Supervisors Malia Cohen and Eric Mar to ban soda advertisements on publicly owned property, and prohibit city spending on sodas and sugary beverages

WHEN:           Tuesday, June 9th, 2:00 PM

WHERE:         Board of Supervisors Meeting

                             San Francisco City Hall

                             Room 250

WHAT:           Today the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on legislation sponsored by Supervisor Scott Wiener to require health warnings on posted ads in San Francisco. The warning will read the following “WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County of San Francisco.” This legislation will be the first time any level of government has required health warnings in connection with sugary drinks. The size of the warnings will be at least 20% of the ad space, which is the standard required by the FDA on tobacco warnings. At the same hearing, the Board of Supervisors will also vote on legislation by Supervisor Cohen to prohibit the placement of advertisements for sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages on city owned property. Currently, tobacco and alcohol advertisements are subject to this prohibition. Supervisor Mar’s legislation will ban the use of city funds, whether by city departments or city contractor, on the purchase of sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages.

CONTACT:   Supervisor Scott Wiener, (415) 554-6968, scott.wiener@sfgov.org

                        Supervisor Malia Cohen, (415) 554-7670, yoyo.chan@sfgov.org

                        Supervisor Eric Mar, (415) 554-7410, erirc.l.mar@sfgov.org


LAND USE COMMITTEE TO HEAR SUPERVISOR WIENER’S ORDINANCE MANDATING WATER RECYCLING SYSTEMS IN NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND ESTABLISHING RECYCLED WATER POLICY 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

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE TENANT PROTECTION NOTIFICATION LEGISLATION

SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE TENANT PROTECTION NOTIFICATION LEGISLATION

Ordinance will require that tenants living in non-permitted units – like illegal in-laws – be notified by property owners if a permit is sought to demolish the unit, giving the tenant an opportunity to appeal the permit

 

San Francisco – Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to require notice to all tenants, regardless of whether their unit is officially recorded, when a property owner files for permits to demolish their units. Under current law, property owners are only required to notice tenants in legally permitted units, which creates a significant loophole that leaves tens of thousands of tenants vulnerable to losing their homes with no notice ahead of time and no opportunity to contest the demolition.

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LEGISLATION TO COMBAT SODA AND SUGARY BEVERAGE ADVERTISING AND PROHIBIT CITY SPENDING ON SUGARY BEVERAGES TO BE HEARD AT LAND USE COMMITTEE

LEGISLATION TO COMBAT SODA AND SUGARY BEVERAGE ADVERTISING AND PROHIBIT CITY SPENDING ON SUGARY BEVERAGES TO BE HEARD AT LAND USE COMMITTEE

Legislation introduced by Supervisors Cohen, Mar and Wiener will require health warnings on soda advertisements posted in San Francisco, ban soda advertisements on publicly owned property, and prohibit city spending on sodas and sugary beverages

WHEN:           Monday, June 1st, 1:30 PM

WHERE:         Land Use and Transportation Committee

                           San Francisco City Hall

                           Room 250

WHAT:           Today the Land Use and Transportation Committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will hear legislation sponsored by Supervisors Malia Cohen, Eric Mar and Scott Wiener to address the health impacts associated with the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. The legislation will target advertising of sodas, by requiring health warnings on posted ads in San Francisco and banning ads on publically owned property, and prohibiting the use of city funds for the purchase of sugary beverages. Each piece of legislation is detailed below.

  • Supervisor Wiener’s legislation requiring health warnings on all posted advertisements for sugar-sweetened beverages with 25 or more calories per 12 ounces. The warning will read the following “WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County of San Francisco.” The size of the warnings will be at least 20% of the ad space, which is the standard required by the FDA on tobacco warnings.
  • Supervisor Cohen’s legislation will prohibit the placement of advertisements for sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages on city owned property. Currently, tobacco and alcohol advertisements are subject to this prohibition. There will be an exception for permitted events in public spaces, like Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park, where the permit and lease can grant separate rules.
  • Supervisor Mar will introduce legislation that bans the use of city funds, whether by city departments or city contractor, on the purchase of sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages.

 

CONTACT:   Supervisor Scott Wiener, (415) 554-6968, scott.wiener@sfgov.org

                          Supervisor Malia Cohen, (415) 554-7670, yoyo.chan@sfgov.org

                          Supervisor Eric Mar, (415) 554-7410, eric.l.mar@sfgov.org


SUPERVISOR WIENER TO HOLD HEARING ON REPORT DEMONSTRATING BILLION DOLLAR IMPACT OF OUTDOOR EVENTS ON SAN FRANCISCO’S ECONOMY

Report by the City Economist finds that in 2014, 3.3 million people attended outdoor events in San Francisco – including festivals, parades, and street fairs – generating $1.1 billion in economic activity and supporting 9,300 private sector jobs

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION CREATING TASK FORCE TO PLAN LOCAL POLICIES IN THE EVENT OF STATE LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS

Task force will advise the Board of Supervisors, Mayor and City departments regarding local impacts of possible state legalization, including making policy recommendations to ensure effective implementation in San Francisco

San Francisco Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to form a Cannabis State Legalization Task Force, which will be tasked with planning local policies if cannabis is legalized in the 2016 California statewide election. The Task Force will consist of representatives from City Departments, the cannabis industry and consumers, local businesses, tourism and policy groups, nightlife advocates, public health advocates, and neighborhood associations. Currently, several pro-legalization groups are crafting statewide legalization ballot measures for 2016.  

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