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February 26, 2020

SF’s Scott Wiener Wants to Fund Financial Rewards for Meth Addicts who Stop Using Drugs - (SF Chronicle - Feb 26)

SACRAMENTO — Facing a growing methamphetamine epidemic with few known treatments, a San Francisco state legislator wants to make public funding available for programs that provide financial incentives to participants to stop using drugs.

February 21, 2020

New Wiener Housing Bill Will Focus on Churches, With Others Coming - (SF Business Times - Feb 21)

Wiener says he does not plan to reintroduce SB 50, but will bring forth a "strong" bill to increase housing production and another to support churches that want to build housing.

February 14, 2020

If You Pay California Taxes, You Could End up on Jury Duty Under this Proposed Law - (Sacramento Bee - Feb 14)

All state tax filers could end up on California juries under a proposed law introduced Thursday night intended to make more juror pools more diverse.

February 14, 2020

Got a Red Light Ticket? Chances are California Cops Still Have the Photo - (Sacramento Bee - Feb 14)

Four California law enforcement agencies have accumulated a massive amount of license plate images in their databases with the vast majority of the photos not pertaining to any criminal investigation, according to a state audit released on Thursday.

February 13, 2020

Police Risking Californians’ Privacy in License Plate Tracking, Audit Finds - (SF Chronicle - Feb 13)

SACRAMENTO — California law enforcement agencies may not be doing enough to protect the data they collect through license plate-tracking technology that police throughout the state use.

February 13, 2020

California Lawmaker Pushing To Take PG&E Public Knows It Won’t Be An Easy Fight - (Huffington Post - Feb 12)

SAN FRANCISCO — California state Sen. Scott Wiener (D) is pushing legislation to turn Northern California’s Pacific Gas & Electric company into a publicly owned utility — but acknowledged such a bill will be hard to pass. 

February 6, 2020

Wiener Introduces Bill Providing for Rapid STI Testing - (Bay Area Reporter - Feb 7)


State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced a bill February 5 authorizing HIV counselors to perform rapid sexually transmitted infection testing, he told the Bay Area Reporter.

Under current law, HIV counselors can perform rapid tests for HIV, hepatitis C, or a combined HIV/HCV test.

Wiener formally introduced the Assembly Bill 932 Wednesday.

February 5, 2020

Bayard Rustin, Gay Civil Rights Leader, Is Pardoned in California - (NYTimes - Feb 5)

LOS ANGELES — The civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, whose legacy had been tarnished by a 1953 conviction under laws that targeted L.G.B.T.Q. people, was posthumously pardoned by Gov. Gavin Newsom of California on Tuesday.

February 4, 2020

It’s Time for California to Take Over PG&E, State Lawmaker Says - (LA Times - Feb 3)

SACRAMENTO — A state lawmaker is making a move to turn Pacific Gas & Electric into a public utility, a potentially dramatic shift that would end decades of corporate control over California’s largest power company.

February 3, 2020

Sen. Scott Wiener Gets Serious About Plan for Public Takeover of PG&E - (SF Chronicle - Feb 3)

State Sen. Scott Wiener is following through on his plan to try reshaping the investor-owned Pacific Gas and Electric Co. into a government-run utility.