Our misguided City policy to transfer ownership of streets trees to private property owners isn't working. Two years ago I held a hearing where we reviewed potential solutions to this problem, but nothing has been done since then other than to transfer more trees to property owners who didn't plant the trees, don't necessarily know how to take care of the trees, and didn't ask for maintenance responsibilities of these trees. Our urban forest is too important to be treated like this, so Board President David Chiu and I have called for a hearing to review the policy and to push for a better solution.Read more
Hearing will focus on the challenges resulting from the program to transfer ownership and maintenance responsibilities for street trees from the city to private property owners
San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisors David Chiu and Scott Wiener will call for a hearing on San Francisco's ongoing program to transfer ownership of all street trees from the city to private property owners. This program, which was enacted by the Department of Public Works after years of budget cuts, has shifted the maintenance responsibilities for street trees to adjacent property owners. This has subjected a large number of San Francisco's more than 105,000 street trees to inconsistent and negligent maintenance practices.Read more
SUPERVISOR WIENER TO CALL FOR HEARING ON CITY RESPONSE TO DROUGHT AND LEGISLATIVE SOLUTIONS - SUCH AS REQUIRING SEPARATE WATER METERS IN NEW BUILDINGS - TO REDUCE WATER USAGE
City Departments will report on practices and policies being implemented to reduce water usage and be asked to explore potential legislative solutions, including expanding water recycling/reuse efforts and requiring separate water meters within multi-unit buildings
San Francisco, CA - At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for an oversight hearing on the City's response to the drought, and potential legislative solutions to improve San Francisco's water conservation efforts. Areas of policy exploration include increasing water recycling/reuse and requiring individual water meters and plumbing systems that allow for water reuse. The hearing will take place at the first Government Audit and Oversight Committee hearing in September.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors officially voted to place a two penny per ounce tax to fund health, nutrition and physical activity programs on the ballot for November's election. You can learn more about the proposal by clicking the links below.Read more
Current law bans gay and bisexual men from donating blood, which is a discriminatory policy that assumes all gay men have HIV. We need to change this law. I applaud and support the National Gay Blood Drive, which is starting a campaign to pressure the FDA to repeal this ban. I've introduced a resolution calling on the federal government to end this band which the Board of Supervisors will vote on soon.Read more
The Soda Tax moved one step closer to being placed on the ballot when the Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to recommend this to the Full Board for a vote next Tuesday. This important public health measure will place a two penny per ounce tax on all sodas and sugary beverags to fund health, nutrition and active recreation programs in our schools, parks and communities. I look forward to getting this measure onto the ballot.Read more
Full Board of Supervisors will vote on soda tax next Tuesday July 22, with 8 out of 11 Supervisors now having expressed public support
Tax will fund nutrition, health, and physical activity programs in public schools, parks, health centers, and elsewhere, to address the impacts of diabetes, obesity, and other negative health effects associated with these drinksRead more
Current federal rules established in 1983 prohibit any man who has had sex with another man at least once since 1977 from donating blood, regardless of other risk factors
San Francisco, CA - Today Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a resolution at the Board of Supervisors meeting calling for an end to the ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men. Currently, the Federal Drug Administration prohibits any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 from donating blood. The rationale stated by the FDA for these rules, which were established in 1983 during the height of the AIDS epidemic, is that men who have sex with men are at the highest risk for having HIV/AIDS. The rule has not changed in over thirty years, despite advances in health, awareness, and screening practices.
As a member of the Budget and Finance Committee, I'm proud that we the committee finalized the two year budget last night. Included in this budget were several of my key priorities, including funding for additional park patrol officers, a transit station cleaning crew, and tree care workers. I also worked to ensure enhanced funding for Animal Care & Control and other top priorities. I want to thank Budget Chair Supervisor Mark Farrell who once again did a great job shepherding the budget through this process.Read more
At a hearing I held yesterday to assess federal budget cuts to HIV services in San Francisco, representatives from Mayor Ed Lee's office announced the Mayor's intent to propose backfilling the entirety of the estimated $2.7 million in cuts as part of the Mayor's budget proposal to the Board of Supervisors. I'm thrilled the Mayor is continuing to demonstrate San Francisco's unwavering support for those living with and at risk for HIV.Read more