In the News

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.

April 12, 2017

As President Trump and Congressional Republicans plan to reconfigure the federal tax code, the estate tax—defended by liberals as a vital check on inequality and reviled by conservatives as fiscal punishment dealt to the recently deceased—may not be long for this world.

But if the controversial tax should meet its untimely end this year, Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco wants California to introduce an estate tax of its own.

April 3, 2017

“This bill is about people who are just trying to live their lives; people who are living in fear because of the political atmosphere,” said Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco. “People who need to be able to trust their government.”

March 27, 2017

After last year’s fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland killed dozens of young music fans, people in nightlife — musicians, club owners, civic leaders and patrons — have been looking for ways to prevent a another such tragedy.

Many, including state Sen. Scott Wiener, believe that one solution is to make later serving hours legal.

In February, Wiener (D-San Francisco) proposed the Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night Act (LOCAL), a bill that would allow municipalities to permit alcohol sales until 4 a.m. in some cases.

March 24, 2017

“Our immigrant neighbors should know that simply going to work to put food on the table is not going to expose them to deportation or ICE agents,” Wiener said. “Children shouldn’t be fearful watching their mothers and fathers leave for work, not knowing if they are going to come home at the end of the day.”

March 21, 2017

Treatment of HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS, has grown by leaps and bounds since the epidemic was at its height in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

It’s time for our state law regarding the disease to evolve, too.

Under current California law, it’s a felony for an HIV-positive person to have unprotected sex without informing a partner about the virus. It’s also a felony for an HIV-positive person to donate blood, tissue, breast milk or organs.

Finally, those who engage in sex work while HIV positive can be charged with a special felony penalty.

March 17, 2017

But the effort that could revive our embattled arts and music scene overnight, and even trigger a nightlife renaissance, is the LOCAL Act, endorsed by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco. Starting where former state senator, Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, left off, Wiener’s Senate Bill 384 will allow California cities the option to extend last call to 4 a.m. California is a huge state — bigger than many European countries — with the sixth-largest economy in the world. A blanket law that forces San Francisco County to have the same liquor laws as Yolo County is just bad government.

March 16, 2017

“One of the strengths of the Jewish caucus is that it’s very diverse,” said Sen. Scott Wiener, a former San Francisco supervisor. He represents the state’s 11th District, which includes his hometown city and regions to its south. “In terms of giving more voice to our issues, having that formal caucus really helps — and it helps getting people elected. Having organized Jewish leadership brings us a certain strength.”

March 15, 2017

At the state level, Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, has introduced a ballot measure that would create a California estate tax, but only if Trump and congressional Republicans carry out their vow to kill the federal estate tax.

In 2015, the federal estate tax brought in $17.1 billion, of which $4.5 billion or 26 percent came from California, even though California accounts for only 12 percent of the U.S. population. The proposed California estate tax would have the same rates and rules as the federal one, but the billions it raises would go to California instead of federal coffers, Wiener said.

March 13, 2017

Wiener said he worries public safety will be compromised if crime victims or witnesses fear going to the police with information. Anxiety about the Trump administration’s policies on immigration is widespread, he said. “What gives me fear and a lot of people fear,” he said, “is that we have children who are scared to go to school because they’re worried they’ll come home from school and their mom or dad might be gone.”