I'm moving forward with a package of reforms to San Francisco's ballot measure system to make it more transparent and fair, based in part on the bipartisan reform recently adopted by the State Legislature for statewide measures.Read more
I'm flattered that SFGate named me one of the most interesting Bay Area people of 2014.
"Supervisor Scott Wiener — It's hard to miss S.F. supervisor Scott Wiener. He's 6-foot-7, for one, and he made headlines in September for becoming the first public figure in the nation to disclose that he's taking a drug that prevents HIV infection. He also introduced the controversial soda tax ballot measure that went to vote in November."Read more
The FDA is ending the lifetime ban on blood donation by gay and bisexual men. It's replacing the lifetime ban with a ban on blood donation by men who've had sex with a man in the past year. While it's progress to eliminate the discriminatory and irrational lifetime ban, the change doesn't go far enough and will continue to exclude most gay and bisexual men from donating blood. Modern HIV testing allows detection of the HIV virus within two weeks of infection. There's no public health rationale to extend the ban for a full year after sexual contact. Moreover, the ban continues to ignore the fact that sexually active straight people are also at risk. It's time to end this discrimination.Read more
Market Street is the central boulevard of our city, and we have made great strides in improving its vitality over the past few years. It is also the spine of our transit system, with buses, a subway and surface rail lines, as well as thousands of bikes and pedestrians using our streets and sidewalks every day. To celebrate Market Street and all this civic movement, I am sponsoring legislation to allow the LightRail art project, a light installation by the organization behind the Bay Lights, to install an LED lighting art project that will mimic the movement of the subway trains as they travel up and down Market Street. This is a great public project that will make Market an even more vibrant street for residents and visitors.Read more
AC Transit and BART have announced an expansion of late night transit bus service between San Francisco and the East Bay. This is good news for our nightlife industry and for workers who have early or late commute hours. This improvement is one of the solutions that have come out of the Late Night Transit Working Group that I have been convening here at City Hall. This is a good step for improving late night transit access, but we can and will do more.Read more
Allowing the construction of new in-law units is one solution for creating new housing opportunities in San Francisco. Previously, I've passed legislation to build new in-laws in the Castro and now I'm moving forward with legislation to allow the construction of in-laws in buildings undergoing seismic retrofits. Both the voluntary and mandatory soft story retrofit programs are important for keeping our city safe and resilient when the next earthquake hits. By allowing property owners the ability to build new in-law units in exchange for undergoing these retrofits, we can encourage more of this safety work while also increasing our housing supply in a sustainable manner that has little impact on our neighborhoods.Read more
Our current street tree maintenance system is bad for many reasons. It jeopardizes the health of our urban forest, puts residents in danger of falling limbs, and dumps responsibility for trees onto property owners who didn't plant the trees and might not be able to take of them. We need a long-term solution to this issue that includes a dedicated funding source for tree maintenance so that the money isn't raided for other purposes.Read more
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The Municipal Transportation Agency recently began implementing an on-street car-sharing program to improve access to car sharing in San Francisco. The program has caused some controversy, given the many challenges surrounding parking in our city. However, this program is central to San Francisco’s long-term transportation success. Studies suggest that car sharing will induce some residents to give up their cars, which will reduce competition for parking.
Recently, a young man was murdered during the course of a robbery at Noe and Henry Street in Duboce Triangle. This tragic murder was the second in Duboce Triangle this year, which is two too many. We as a city must do better protecting our public spaces, including working with SFPD to increase the department's inadequate staffing so that we have more community policing and beat officers. This is an unacceptable level of violence on our streets. I attended the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association meeting last night, where Captain Raj Vaswani and members of San Francisco safety organizations presented on how we can improve public safety in the Duboce Triangle.Read more
Tuesday night was a great night for transportation in our city. Voters passed two transportation funding measures that will provide a significant investment in our transportation system and reaffirmed our city's commitment to making significant investments in a broad range of transit priorites. Prop A, the transportation bond, will put $500 million into capital projects on our streets, while Prop B, will adjust Muni funding to account for our population growth, with the increase in funds dedicate to service improvements (like paying for rolling stock) and street safety improvements. This is a great step for our city and confirms that people want City Hall to focus on providing safe, reliable transportation.Read more