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December 17, 2019

California Sen. Scott Wiener to Propose Turning PG&E into Public Utility (SF Chronicle - Nov. 12)

“State Sen. Scott Wiener says efforts to restructure Pacific Gas and Electric Co. must include an option to turn the embattled, investor-owned utility into a public entity.”

December 17, 2019

California Lawmakers Lambaste PG&E During Hearing on Mass Blackouts (SF Chronicle – Nov. 21)

“Public anger at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. swept over the state Capitol Monday as lawmakers held their first oversight hearing on the mass blackouts the utility undertook in October… ‘We thought that PG&E would use a scalpel in implementing these planned blackouts,’ said state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco. ‘Instead PG&E has chosen to use a sledgehammer and then turn around and essentially tell the public, “Sorry, suck it up, we’ll fix it in 10 years.”’”

December 17, 2019

Watch a Very Tall Sen. Scott Wiener Ride a Very Small Zamboni at San Francisco's Civic Center Rink (SF Gate – Nov 22)

“California State Senator Scott Wiener took a break from his usual political duties on Thursday to clear the ice on a mini Zamboni-like ice resurfacer at San Francisco's Civic Center rink. Sen. Wiener posted a video of his whirl around the ice and the footage of a very tall man on a very small machine is making many on Twitter smile.”

December 17, 2019

Loophole in California Law Makes Auto Burglary Victims Prove their Door was Locked. This Bill would Change That (ABC 10 – Dec 10th)

“It is easy to assume that if someone were to break a car window and steal items, it would be a clear case of auto burglary. Yet, that’s not the case according to current California law. Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) is hoping to change that. The progressive state senator introduced Senate Bill 23, which would close this perceived loophole that puts a burden of proof on car owners to show that their door was locked during the auto burglary.”

December 17, 2019

As 2020 Approaches, Where Does Cannabis Go Next? (SF Weekly – Nov 15)

“For State Senator Scott Wiener — primary author of SB 34 and representative of California’s 11th district, which includes San Francisco — taxes and access are the next urgent topics on the docket.”

August 31, 2018

Senators Wiener and De León, and SB 822 Co-Authors Speak with Media Following the Passing of SB 822 by the California Legislature

June 24, 2018

Such reports led state Sen. Scott Wiener, a San Francisco Democrat and a coauthor of the bill, to describe the therapy as “torture.” Although current techniques tend to be less extreme than those of the past, LGBTQ advocates say that they still perpetuate a view of homosexuality and being transgender as undesirable.

June 10, 2018

“We all want to have good safety standards,” he [Wiener] told the crowd. “But it’s time to modernize this law to reflect the reality of people’s lives.”

June 7, 2018

“Legalizing cannabis was step one,” he says. “There’s going to be significant cannabis-related policy work happening for years and years. I’m confident that it will be a central issue in the legislature every year. It’s definitely an issue that’s important to me, that’s important to San Francisco, and that we’ve got to get right.”

May 22, 2018

The communities living near the Cow Palace, the enormous state-owned exhibition hall in Daly City, overwhelmingly want the venue to stop hosting gun shows. The state Legislature has previously passed legislation designed to stop the shows.

Yet the shows go on — five times a year.