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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.”

March 13, 2017

Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener has proposed Senate Bill 239 to repeal the laws, saying they do not reflect current HIV medical practices, and have not helped stop the spread of HIV and AIDS.

“We’re very serious about this reform, and moving away from this criminalization model around HIV and going to a more public health approach,” Wiener said. “Fundamentally, HIV is a public health problem, not a criminal justice problem, and it needs to be treated this way.”

 

March 7, 2017

Sen. Scott Wiener, a freshman Democrat from San Francisco, is taking up the worthy cause of helping to bring more affordable housing to California’s urban areas, including his own.

 

March 6, 2017

This month, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, introduced SB576, which would require jury commissioners to collect demographic data from all prospective jurors — information that would be publicly available.

“I’ve seen firsthand the impact that the racial composition of a jury can have,” said Wiener, a former deputy city attorney and city supervisor. “In order to address this challenge, we need to have good data. Let’s collect that data, see how deep the problem is and then we can move forward with a solution.”

March 2, 2017

"This is the result of so many years of work to address the real and unique needs of the LGBT senior community," gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) said at a Friday, February 24 news conference on the City Hall steps.

"It's unfortunate that because of HIV, many people were not reaching senior status for many years," said Wiener, who was instrumental in creating the aging task force, which completed its work in 2014. He also noted that LGBT seniors are less likely to have adult children who can take care of them.