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April 25, 2017

San Francisco was ground zero, with three times as many AIDS cases per capita as New York and 10 times as many as Los Angeles. At one point, about half of San Francisco’s gay men were infected and most expected to die within 10 years. I’ve heard horror stories from gay men with gray hair, many of them tearing up just thinking about all the friends and partners they lost.

So it’s telling that it’s a gay man from San Francisco, Sen. Scott Wiener, who is pushing the bill that would greatly reduce the penalties for transmitting HIV.

SB 709 will protect California waterways from dangerous tar sands oil spills; SB 740 & SB 780 will improve California’s water recycling and landscaping standards to help state reach its water conservation goals
April 19, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Environmental Quality Committee approved three bills by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) that will protect and conserve California’s water. These bills form a broad approach to water policy, by protecting waterways like San Francisco Bay and the California coastline from tar sands oil spills, creating a framework for onsite water reuse statewide, and establishing landscape standards to better improve water conservation.

April 19, 2017

State Senator Scott Wiener took to Medium over the weekend to pen a nearly 1,700-word essay on the merits of new market-rate housing construction in the Bay Area and California.

In piece titled “Market-Rate Housing Isn’t a Bad Word, and We Won’t Solve the Housing Crisis Without It,” Senator Wiener alleges that lawmakers and community groups show “skepticism and even hostility” toward any new construction that is not “exclusively or largely [focused] on publicly subsidized, income-based affordable housing,” creating a culture of anger toward those who want to sell new homes at market rates.

April 17, 2017

By Senator Mike McGuire and Senator Scott Wiener

April 15 marks the traditional date that Americans know as Tax Day. Typically, the day raises loud groans from all of us taxpayers as we file our taxes (though groaning will be heard this year on Tuesday, April 18, when 2016 returns are due). But April 15 this year also marked a day of national uprising against an attack on the basic transparency and trust that should exist between the American people and the president of the United States.