"When people first interact with Toni, what they see is a very unassuming, low-key person who has a bit of an earth mother affect about her," said Sen. Scott Wiener, a San Francisco Democrat. "People sometimes mistake that for weakness. But what they don't see is right underneath that surface is pure steel. She is tough as nails. But she has a huge heart."
“We can have all the electric vehicles and solar panels in the world, but we won’t meet our climate goals without making it easier for people to live near where they work, and live near transit and drive less,” Mr. Wiener said.
If Broadband providers thought that they'd be subject to fewer regulations after the Federal Communications Commission voted in December to jettison its net neutrality protections, they could be disappointed.
As local governments in San Diego County work to encourage more housing production to alleviate the region's housing crisis, lawmakers in Sacramento are debating changes to a long untouchable facet of California law: local control over housing and land use.
At the heart of our housing crisis is a simple fact: California has been growing for decades without adding nearly enough new housing to absorb that growth. Experts estimate our state’s housing deficit at nearly 4 million homes. That deficit grows by 100,000 each year, as the state adds less than half the new homes we need annually.
The unfortunate answer is that too many California cities and counties impose zoning restrictions that make it practically impossible to build low-cost, walkable housing. For decades, state leaders have allowed these local zoning policies to proliferate, to the point that the state now faces a severe housing shortage.
In response, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, has introduced landmark legislation to encourage more housing near transit. Senate Bill 827 would increase allowable density, eliminate minimum parking requirements and modestly raise height limits, depending on the location.
Scott Wiener, the San Francisco senator who wrote the streamlining bill on which the recent report was based, said in an interview that numbers like those reported by Beverly Hills are why he is working on a new bill that would try to neutralize the role of politics in housing production by tying future state housing goals to economic measures like job growth. It would also carry forward past housing deficits so that cities that don’t build will lose further control over local housing decisions as time goes on.
San Francisco – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement regarding reports that Federal immigration officials have raided 77 workplaces in Northern California, requiring employers to produce proof regarding their employees’ legal right to work.
“California law prohibits employers from cooperating with ICE to facilitate these despicable raids unless ICE has a judicial warrant. We will stand with our immigrant communities as this Administration continues to attack American values and tear apart families.”
“This ensures that new mothers can make their own decisions on their timetable for returning to work, rather than having that decision made for them,” said Wiener, flanked by Supervisor Katy Tang, who introduced the San Francisco ordinance; Assemblyman David Chiu; and other advocates for the bill.
Sen. Scott Wiener on how the Transit Zoning Bill can help solve the state’s housing shortage
January 24, 2018
“Over the 20 years I’ve lived in San Francisco, I’ve seen the human carnage caused by our bad housing policy,” says California State Senator Scott Wiener. “This isn’t an academic exercise. This is real. This is about people who are struggling and who are at risk. And we need to pull our heads out of the sand.”