Pink Saturday is an important event that should be a celebration of the Castro neighborhood and the LGBT community. However, over the last few years we have encountered significant challenges, including bouts of violence that have marred the festival. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have done a tremendous job managing the event in the past, but they are understandably frustrated with the current state of Pink Saturday. We convened a community meeting to discuss the issues around Pink Saturday, and I will continue to work with the city and the Sisters to come up with solutions to make this important celebration successful.Read more
Today I attended the unveiling ceremony of the new Rainbow Honor Walk on Castro Street, which recognizes 20 amazing LGBT leaders with sidewalk plaques. Famous LGBT icons like Oscar Wilde and Frida Kahlo and local heroes like Tom Waddell and Randy Shilts will now grace our iconic boulevard. This new walk of fame -- which will eventually be extended down Market Street to Octavia -- is a wonderful celebration of our LGBT community.Read more
This week at City Hall -- and across the city and country -- we celebrated the release of the Harvey Milk stamp. This is a great moment for the LGBT Community to celebrate Harvey's life and work, and to know that his message will be spread throughout the country. It was wondeful seeing Harvey back in City Hall again, where he belongs.Read more
Yesterday, I held a hearing to encourage the San Francisco Retirement System to explore divesting from any Russian holdings, in light of the extreme anti-LGBT laws that have put in place there. The amount of money SFERS has invested in Russia is small (about .16%), so hopefully there is a way to divest while still maintaining fidiciuary responsibility to current and future retirees. San Francisco should not be associated with a government that is using laws to criminalize LGBT people.Read more
Legislation will allow for the creation of new in-law units - which are the most affordable type of non-subsidized housing - in unused spaces such as garages, large storage areas, and basements, in order to help address housing crisis
San Francisco, CA - Today the Board of Supervisors passed Supervisor Scott Wiener's legislation to create new in-law units in the Castro. The legislation will allow property owners in the Castro neighborhood to add one or two in-law units (depending on the size of the building) in order to increase the neighborhood's housing supply. Units placed in rent-controlled buildings will be rent-controlled, meaning that the legislation will allow for the creation of new rent-controlled units.
Addressing our housing affordability crisis requires a wide range of solutions, including efforts to expand new housing opportunities. Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed my legislation to create new in-law units in the Castro. The legislation will allow property owners in the Castro neighborhood to add one or two in-law units (depending on the size of the building) in order to increase the neighborhood's housing supply. Units added to buildings subject to rent control, will also be rent controlled, which means we are creating new rent-controlled units for the first time in over 30 years.Read more
Iconic Castro bar recognized for important role played in history of San Francisco and the LGBT community
At today's San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board officially declared the Twin Peaks Tavern in the Castro to be a historic landmark. This legislation, sponsored by Supervisor Scott Wiener who represents the Castro district, was passed unanimously by the Board.