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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.

February 23, 2017

A new bill from Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), S.B. 760, would make the safety of all road users, not just drivers, a priority for the state’s department of transportation.

The bill is sponsored by a group of safety and health advocates, including the California Bicycle Coalition, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, California Walks, and the American Heart Association.

February 17, 2017

Mobile recycling centers would become legal in San Francisco under legislation introduced by state Sen. Scott Wiener on Thursday.

February 15, 2017

San Francisco’s state senator is taking another run at extending last call in California by two hours.

The bill, which Democrat Scott Wiener plans to introduce Wednesday, would allow bars and restaurants to serve alcohol between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., pending appropriate permits and approval from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Wiener’s bill is similar to one proposed in 2013 by his predecessor, Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, which failed to get enough votes.

February 13, 2017

Freshman state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, has come in with a scaled-down plan (SB35) to spur housing construction. It would put the first real teeth in a state process that identifies how much housing each city must provide at each income bracket: Those that are out of compliance would be forced to give fast-track approval to projects that fit their zoning rules.

February 13, 2017

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Soon, the threshold for passing local transportation bonds in California could be far lower, unlocking funding for countless transit needs across the Golden State.

A new transbay tube. Caltrain electrification. Miles of new subways in cities from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

State Sen. Scott Wiener’s newly introduced state constitutional amendment would make funding projects like those far easier, by lowering the threshold to pass transportation bonds from a two-thirds voter majority to 55 percent.

February 8, 2017

Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblymember Todd Gloria announced the introduction of a new bill on Monday that would update the state’s antiquated decades-old HIV discrimination laws. 

Many of the laws were drafted in the 1980s during the peak of the HIV scare, when a diagnosis was equivalent to a death sentence. There were no effective treatments for HIV and misinformation was rampant. During this time several laws were passed which would offer more serious consequences to those who were HIV positive than those who were not. 

February 3, 2017

LGBT seniors and HIV-positive people living in long-term care facilities throughout California would be protected from discrimination under a bill gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will introduce Thursday.

His bill is modeled after a policy he authored and San Francisco officials adopted in 2015 on the recommendation of the city's LGBT Aging Policy Task Force. Known as a "Bill of Rights" for residents of such facilities, it barred operators from restricting or evicting residents based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.

Op-ed by Senator Wiener and Senator Ben Allen
January 30, 2017

California faces a transportation crisis, with gridlock, crushing commutes and significant negative impacts on our environment, economy and quality of life.

We will never solve this problem without massive, transformational investments in public transportation that make it easier for people to get around in a safe, healthy, convenient and efficient way.

January 26, 2017

Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, defended the city’s protections for immigrants and called Trump’s executive orders “piece(s) of garbage,” that are “part of a steady stream of hatred that’s been coming out of our own White House since Friday.”

“Our sanctuary city status has allowed immigrant communities in San Francisco to flourish (and become) active members of their communities without fear of sweeps or being deported,” Wiener said. “It has allowed people to contact the police and not be fearful that when the police arrive, the victim of a crime is going to be detained and deported.