Proposed budget includes funding for Supervisor Wiener's Clean, Green & Safe Budget proposal to add cleaning crews, park patrol officers and tree care workers, as well as critical funding for Animal Care & Control and other needs
San Francisco, CA - Tonight, the Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors finalized the two-year $8.6 billion city budget for 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. Supervisor Scott Wiener, a member of the Committee, secured key funding in the budget for his Clean, Green & Safe budget proposal. These priorities will increase the City's capacity to clean public spaces such as alleys and transit stations, significantly increase the Park Patrol, and increase the Recreation & Park Department's ability to care for its trees. These priorities were supported by various community groups, including San Francisco Beautiful, San Francisco Parks Alliance, and Friends of the Urban Forest.Read more
SUPERVISORS WIENER AND BREED TO INTRODUCE CLEAN ENERGY LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN SAN FRANCISCO'S PUBLIC POWER SYSTEM AND PROVIDE REVENUE FOR KEY INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS SUCH AS STREETLIGHTS
Ordinance will grant the SF Public Utilities Commission the first right of refusal to provide clean, hydroelectric Hetch Hetchy power to new public and private developments, which will increase clean energy distribution and allow for enhanced infrastructure investment for the nearly $900 million in capital needs
San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisors Scott Wiener and London Breed will introduce clean energy legislation to increase the electric customer base for San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission. An expanded PUC customer base will bring more clean hydroelectric power to San Francisco residents and businesses and generate significantly more revenue to fund neglected infrastructure and capital needs, including the city's streetlight system and the system that brings hydroelectric power from Hetch Hetchy to San Francisco.Read more
Wider streets create longer crossing distances and faster speeds. Wider streets divide our neighborhoods. As elected policy-makers, we need to be clear in our policy priorities, and consistent in our delivery of public projects. Recently, the Fire Department and the Department of Public Works attempted to widen the street clearance at the new development at Hunters Point. After a public hearing and public pushback, the departments have been working towards a compromise that will ensure both pedestrian safety and fire safety. I'm happy to hear a compromise is within reach.Read more
May 20th, 2014
By Scott Wiener
Street design plays a key role in defining a city. How we structure our streets - and particularly how wide we make them - speaks volumes about how we want people to interact with each other and their surrounding environment. These choices have dramatic consequences for a neighborhood's walkability, vitality, safety, and transportation options.Read more
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.
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY PASSES SUPERVISOR WIENER'S LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE PLACEMENT OF UTILITY BOXES ON CITY SIDEWALKS
Legislation will address neighborhood concerns associated with placement of over 700 AT&T U-verse cabinets on San Francisco sidewalks by establishing a clear, community-based process, requiring efforts to place the boxes on private property, creating greening and artwork requirements for the boxes, creating strict graffiti removal standards, and requiring annual evaluation of feasibility of under grounding cabinets
San Francisco, CA - Today the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Supervisor Scott Wiener's legislation to improve the process of placing utility boxes on city sidewalks. The new law will require improved, front-loaded outreach to neighborhoods, require utilities to allow artwork on their boxes and plant and maintain greening near the boxes, impose strict standards for graffiti removal, and require utilities to make meaningful efforts to place the boxes on private property rather than blocking sidewalks. While state law does not allow the city to ban the placement of these boxes on city sidewalks, it does grant local jurisdictions significant leeway in creating a community-based process as well as siting standards.
The Land Use and Economic Development Committee of the Board of Supervisors held a hearing on my legislation to improve the process for placing utility boxes -- like AT&T's U-verse cabinets -- on our city sidewalks. This legislation will -- for the first time -- put binding procedures in place to require neighborhood outreach, require utilites to allow artwork like murals on their boxes and place greening near the boxes, and make meaningful efforts to place the boxes on private property. Due to a noticing requirement the legislation needs to stay in committee for one more week. But the committee indicated support for the legislation, which will mean that the legislation will go before the full Board of Supervisors next Tuesday for a vote.Read more
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
Legislation will address neighborhood concerns associated with the placement of over 700 AT&T U-verse cabinets on San Francisco streets by establishing a clear, community-based process, requiring efforts to place the boxes on private property, and creating beautification and artwork requirements for the boxes
San Francisco, CA - At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to codify and establish an improved process to govern the placement of utility boxes on city sidewalks. The legislation, for the first time, will put binding procedures in place to require outreach to neighborhoods, require utilities to allow artwork on their boxes and place greening near the boxes, and make meaningful efforts to place the boxes on private property rather than blocking sidewalks. Under state law, utilities have a right to place boxes on neighborhood sidewalks - meaning the city cannot ban these boxes - but local jurisdictions have significant leeway in requiring a community-based process and siting standards.
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.