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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 3, 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 2, 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.

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.