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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.

March 2, 2017

In December, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, sent a letter to public health officials demanding that problems with the program be fixed or that one or more contracts with the new operators be canceled.

“The whole situation has been a disaster,” Wiener said Wednesday. “Obviously there is still work to do to restore full service to these HIV-positive patients, but this is a positive step. We’ll continue to monitor the situation very closely.”

March 1, 2017

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors honored Twin Peaks as an official historic landmark in 2013.

"It's just a core part of the LGBTQ identity in the Castro," said State Senator Scott Wiener.

February 24, 2017

As pressing problems go in California, how late one can grab a drink at a bar doesn’t exactly top our list of priorities. But that doesn’t mean the state’s one-size-fits-all approach to late-night carousing isn’t cramping the style of cities that want to capitalize on their nightlife.

Glitzy bars and nightclubs of Los Angeles and San Francisco? The alcohol has to be gone by 2 a.m. Just like in the smaller cities of Woodland, Calistoga and, yes, Sacramento. It has been this way since Prohibition ended in the 1930s.