Press Releases

Official list shows that 97% of cities in California will be eligible for either market-rate or affordable housing streamlining (or both) after failing to meet state-mandated housing goals
February 1, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released the official list of cities that will  have their housing approvals streamlined under Senate Bill 35, which Senator Wiener authored last year. The list is based on whether cities have met their Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) goals, which is the trigger for when streamlining applies under SB 35.

Bill will create process for counties to conserve individuals who suffer from chronic homelessness accompanied by severe mental illness, severe drug addiction, repeated commitments, or exceptionally frequent use of emergency medical services
February 1, 2018

Sacramento –  Today, Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) announced a bill to expand conservatorships for California’s most vulnerable residents who cannot care for themselves and who are dying on our streets. 

SB 966 requires the State Water Board to create water reuse standards in California, which will allow cities to implement local water reuse programs while still maintaining public health protections
February 1, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) announced a new bill, SB 966, to expand water recycling in California by developing statewide on-site water reuse regulations so local governments can increase water reuse across California. “On-site” means that the water recycling occurs in individual buildings, as opposed to utility-scale water recycling.

January 30, 2018

Sacramento  –  Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) adjourned the California State Senate in memory of cannabis activist Dennis Peron, who died on Saturday at the age of 71. Wiener honored Peron for his leadership in the cannabis legalization movement, particularly for how he dedicated himself to helping people living with HIV.

January 29, 2018

Sacramento  –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after the State Senate passed a bill to require net neutrality in California:

“The California Senate just passed a bill that moves us toward adopting net neutrality as the law of the land in our state. We’re committed to protecting a free and open internet. I’m proud to collaborate with Senator Kevin de Leon to move this important issue forward, via his SB 460 and my own bill, SB 822.”

Senator Wiener and legislative co-authors announce introduction of Senate Bill 937, which ensures women have access to lactation facilities in California workplaces
January 29, 2018

San Francisco – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) joined state and local legislators, business leaders, and advocates to announce a bill to support women in the workplace by requiring lactation facilities and resources be provided to employees in California. The announcement took place at San Francisco-based company Stitch Fix, whose CEO Katrina Lake has been a leader in providing comprehensive lactation facilities and promoting other family-friendly policies.

SB 923 – co-authored by Assemblymember Marc Levine – will set evidence-based standards for eyewitness identification to help prevent misidentifications, the leading contributor to wrongful convictions proven with DNA evidence
January 24, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) announced the introduction of SB 923, which sets statewide eyewitness identification standards to help prevent misidentifications that lead to innocent people being convicted and actual perpetrators remaining free. SB 923 is sponsored by the California Innocence Coalition and the ACLU of California.

SB 918 creates an Office of Homeless Youth and establishes $60 million in grant funding as reports by HUD show number of homeless youth in California has increased by 26% over last year
January 23, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblywoman Blanca E. Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) joined advocates for youth experiencing homelessness to introduce a new bill to help the rising number of homeless youth in California. SB 918 is sponsored by the California Coalition for Youth, Tipping Point Community, Equality California, John Burton Advocates for Youth, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and Housing California. 

SB 916 – sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón – closes a loophole in the Penal Code that allows some auto burglars to escape
January 23, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced a bill, sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, to close a loophole that hampers prosecutions for automobile break-ins. Senate Bill 916 allows prosecutors to prove that a defendant committed an auto burglary by showing that he or she broke a car window to get into the car. Currently, proving that the defendant broke a window is often deemed insufficient.

Co-authors Assemblymembers Phil Ting and David Chiu and supporters join Senators in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood for announcement Senate Bill 892
January 19, 2018

San Francisco –  Today Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) along with co-authors Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and supporters announced the introduction of a Senate Bill 892, which will officially recognize Lunar New Year in the state of California. The announcement came at a press conference hosted by the Chinese Cultural Center in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood.