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Too big an issue to leave to local government
May 3, 2017

Stepping in to centralize more land use decisions in Sacramento would reveal that there is a strong broad statewide interest in more development. It would mean more jobs and higher middle class living standards, but also higher tax revenue and more resources available for social housing.

Scott Wiener, a state senator from San Francisco, has been pushing housing legislation that would move in this direction — basically forcing cities to streamline their building approvals process if they don’t meet housing growth targets.

May 3, 2017

“I think LGBT people in San Francisco understand what LGBT people in other states go through in terms of living under discrimination and really being attacked and marginalized,” Wiener said. “So we feel a special responsibility to stick up for our brothers and sisters in all 50 states, including South Dakota; there are a lot of LGBT people in South Dakota and they need advocates.”

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.

April 17, 2017

By Senator Mike McGuire and Senator Scott Wiener

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.