We're sliding back toward the bad old days, pre-Social Security, with more and more seniors living in poverty. The problem is exacerbated in San Francisco, with the cost of housing and our large number of seniors who are single and without kids, all indicators of a higher probability of poverty. We need to continue to expand our senior housing, meal, and home health programs, as well as programs to keep seniors connected and not isolated. This challenge will only become bigger over time as our population ages.Read more
Resolution introduced today requests report on the measure's potential impacts on the City's housing (including affordable housing), infrastructure, transportation, and open space needs, as well as the City's tax base
San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a resolution at the Board of Supervisors calling for an impartial, multi-departmental study of the ballot measure to require voter approval of development projects that exceed current height limits on San Francisco's waterfront. In this study, city departments will report on how the proposed initiative ordinance will affect, if passed, the city's housing, infrastructure, transportation, and open spaced needs. The Resolution requests the reports be produced by March 7, 2014.
SUPERVISORS WIENER AND COHEN CALL FOR HEARING TO REVIEW ENFORCEMENT OR LACK THEREOF AGAINST CODE VIOLATIONS IN SAN FRANCISCO BUIILDINGS
City departments will detail procedures for addressing code violations, including why certain extreme violations can linger for years and whether legislation is warranted to improve departmental coordination and effectiveness
San Francisco, CA - At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisors Scott Wiener and Malia Cohen will call for an oversight hearing to review city processes for inspecting and enforcing code violations in San Francisco buildings. At the hearing, the Department of Building Inspection, Planning Department, Department of Public Health, and Fire Department will be asked to detail departmental procedures for responding to code violations and deciding whether and how to enforce. The departments will also be asked to explain why certain serious code violations are allowed to linger for long periods of time.
November 7th, 2013
The Bay Area Reporter
It's no secret that we are experiencing a housing affordability crisis in San Francisco and particularly in the Castro. With one-bedroom apartments going for $3,000 on average and even cramped roommate situations escalating in price, we are at serious risk of pricing non-wealthy people out of our neighborhood and even our city. Too many longtime, older residents are being pushed out by eviction or other means, and new residents - an influx of new, younger residents being one of the hallmarks of our neighborhood - struggle mightily to find anything they can afford. If we continue to lose older, often LGBT, residents - the folks who built the modern Castro - and continue to turn away young people looking to make their lives here, what kind of neighborhood will we be?Read more
SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE IN-LAW UNIT LEGISLATION TO CREATE MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPTIONS IN THE CASTRO
Legislation will allow for previously prohibited new in-law units within residential properties in the Castro neighborhood, in order to increase affordable and accessible rental options for individuals, like LGBT seniors, who are continuing to be priced out of the neighborhood.
San Francisco, CA - At next week's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation allowing for construction of new in-law units (sometimes known as secondary, granny, or accessory units) within residential buildings in the Castro neighborhood. In-law units are often built in garage, basement, or storage spaces. These new units will offer an affordable and accessible housing option for individuals in the Castro, including LGBT seniors, who are being priced out of the neighborhood. The units will be rent-controlled if constructed within buildings that are currently rent-controlled.
After months of delays, the end may be near in the long-fought battle over condo conversion.
Legislation by Supervisors Mark Farrell and Scott Wiener that would allow Tenancy-in-Common owners to bypass the city's condo conversion lottery had been stalled at committee by concerns that it would reduce the number of rental properties in the city.Read more
San Francisco Apartment Association
Last year, I authored long-overdue legislation to simplify payment of parking tax by small property owners and to provide an amnesty so that people who were unaware of their tax obligation can come forward, become legal and pay taxes in the future.Read more
July 8th, 2012
It's no secret that housing is expensive in San Francisco. Only 11 percent of San Franciscans can afford to purchase the average-priced home. Rents, always high, are even higher these days. It seems like we are perpetually at risk of pricing out our young people, working people, seniors, families and our middle class generally. To address this crisis, we need to think broadly and creatively and make our housing policies more flexible.Read more
The Board of Supervisors recently passed legislation I authored to close a loophole in the fee developers pay to account for the transit impacts of new development. San Francisco is experiencing an unprecedented development boom, with significant housing and commercial space being added as our city's population and job base grow. As we add this development, our public transportation infrastructure and capacity must keep up. Muni currently lacks capacity - due to years of short-sighted transit under-investment by policy makers - to meet current demands, let alone future increased demand as our city grows to a million residents and many more jobs, and we must aggressively invest to shore up the system and expand its capacity. Our transit impact development fee contained a loophole that would have allowed some large or insects in Mission Bay to avoid the fee. My legislation closes that loophole and ensures that projects pay their fair share.
Due to budget shortfalls, the School District is phasing out its yellow bus program. The City responded, over the objections of four Supervisors, by providing free Muni passes for low-income youth. Cost to Muni: several million dollars per year.Read more