SUPERVISOR WIENER PROPOSES BUDGET PACKAGE TO IMPROVE CLEANLINESS AND SAFETY OF PARKS AND OTHER PUBLIC SPACES
Proposal will fund hazardous tree care in City parks, protect parks from property damage, graffiti and illegal dumping, and enhance cleaning and landscaping services for sidewalks, plazas, medians and other public spaces
San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener announced that, along with a community coalition, he is pursuing a package of budget enhancements designed to keep public spaces clean, well-maintained, and safe. Joining Supervisor Wiener to support these enhancements are Friends of the Urban Forest, San Francisco Beautiful, and the San Francisco Parks Alliance.
SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR MEASURES TO STOP SUBVERSION OF PEDESTRIAN STREET SAFETY DUE TO ACTIONS OF CITY DEPARTMENTS
Recent insistence by Fire Department and Department of Public Works on overly wide, suburban-style streets in Hunters Point and Candlestick Point developments - ignoring clear pedestrian safety directives - demonstrates the need for code changes, smaller fire trucks, and oversight measures governing San Francisco street design
San Francisco, CA - At today's Board of Supervisors meetings, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for a series of measures - including Fire Code amendments and an evaluation of whether San Francisco's fire trucks are too large for our narrow streets - to ensure safe street design and bolster pedestrian safety and neighborhood livability.
At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, I called for a series of measures to ensure safe street design and to bolster pedestrian safety and neighborhood livability. Recently, the Fire Department and the Department of Public Works have attempted to widen the streets in new developments at Hunters Point and Candlestick Point in direct contradiction to directives from the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors and years of neighborhood planning. To address this, I will be proposing amendments to the Fire, Public Works, and Administrative Codes to clarify required street widths and oversight of approvals related to street widths. I have also called for a hearing on the specific proposal to widen the streets at Hunters Point and Candlestick Point. Additionally, I've requested a report by the Budget Legislative Analyst on the possibility of the Fire Department using smaller trucks on San Francisco's many narrow streets, as well as a hearing on this report.Read more
We need better and safer late night transportation in San Francisco. Right now people getting off work late or leaving bars have very limited options for getting home. I've introduced a resolution at the Board to create a Late Night Transportation Working Group, which will be tasked with creating a late night transportation plan.Read more
SUPERVISOR WIENER CALLS FOR HEARING ON FUNDING FOR HIV SERVICES, INCLUDING NEED TO BACKFILL FEDERAL BUDGET CUTS
City staff and community organizations will report on funding shortfalls due to federal budget cuts, impacts on service, and proposals to backfill the cuts in city budget
San Francisco - Tomorrow at the Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will call for a hearing to discuss funding proposals for HIV services in the upcoming 2014/2015 San Francisco budget, including expected federal budget cuts for HIV care and prevention services. San Francisco has experienced huge HIV funding cuts from the federal government in recent years. Supervisor Wiener has worked each year with the community, the Mayor, and city staff to backfill those cuts in the city budget.
SUPERVISOR WIENER SECURES DRAMATIC INCREASE IN STREETLIGHT CAPITAL FUNDING FOR UPCOMING FISCAL YEARS
Agreement with Mayor's Office and Public Utilities Commission includes spending $9 million over two years - an 18-fold increase - on streetlight capital needs and formulation of global assessment of deteriorated streetlight system's capital needs
San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener announced an agreement with the Mayor's Office and the Public Utilities Commission to secure $9 million for capital renovations to San Francisco's streetlights over the next two fiscal years. In recent years, the PUC has been spending approximately $250,000 a year on its nearly 25,000 streetlights. In addition, Supervisor Wiener, the Mayor's Office, and the PUC agreed that between now and April, the City will conduct a global assessment of the capital needs of San Francisco's streetlights, including a long-term plan to pay for these needs. This assessment will then be amended into San Francisco's Capital Plan, so that streetlights are part of San Francisco's ongoing Capital Planning process.
This month, I reached an agreement (link is external) with the Mayor's Office and the Public Utilities Commission to secure significantly more funding for the large and neglected capital needs of our deteriorating streetlight system. For too many years, City Hall has allowed our streetlights to deteriorate and accumulate huge deferred maintenance. As a result, streetlights frequently fail, which undermines public safety and neighborhood quality of light. The PUC has been spending a paltry $250,000 a year to maintain nearly 25,000 streetlights, which is unacceptable. The agreement includes a commitment from the Mayor's Office and the PUC to fund $9 million over the next two years to address streetlight capital needs - a nearly 20-fold increase - and to formulate a global assessment of the capital needs of the system. This result is both a down payment on our streetlights' capital needs and a path forward in assessing and addressing the system's overall needs.Read more
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.
December 1st, 2013
On September 6, the National Park Service released its Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's Draft Dog Management Plan.
The Plan, which follows a 2011 draft that was subject to significant public criticism - including a resolution I authored at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors opposing it - calls for dramatically limiting dog access on federal lands in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties. In San Francisco, the Plan would restrict dog access at Fort Funston, Crissy Field, and Ocean Beach, among other properties.Read more
July 25th, 2013
The Bay Area Reporter
By any measure, the crime situation in the Castro isn't acceptable. On a regular basis, we hear about neighbors and visitors being robbed - often at gunpoint - beaten, stabbed, and otherwise victimized. Some of the crimes appear to be anti-LGBT hate crimes, some not. Whatever the motivation and whatever form they take, they need to stop, and we need to work to reduce violence in our neighborhood. While living in a city always entails the possibility of crime, we should not have to be fearful walking through our own neighborhood.Read more