Press Releases

SB 48 creates a “right to shelter” policy to address the number of homeless individuals and families who do not have reliable access to shelter
December 5, 2018

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced Senate Bill 48, which aims to ensure that homeless individuals and families throughout California have reasonable access to shelter, including navigation centers.  The bill is currently in “intent form,” which means the detailed policy will be developed over the coming months.  Senator Wiener plans to convene stakeholders to help craft policy that will create a “right to shelter” for unhoused residents throughout the state.

SB 50—modeled on SB 827 of the last legislative session—legalizes more housing near job centers and public transportation by overriding hyper-restrictive low-density zoning, while protecting against displacement of renters and vulnerable communities
December 4, 2018

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced the introduction of Senate Bill 50: the More HOMES Act (Housing, Opportunity, Mobility, Equity, and Stability). SB 50 creates new zoning standards for the construction of housing near job centers and public transportation, while protecting against the displacement of renters and vulnerable communities living in those areas.

December 3, 2018

Sacramento– Today, Senators Ben Allen (D - Santa Monica) and Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) introduced legislation to repeal article 34 of the California Constitution, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles are sponsoring the legislation. Originally added in 1950, Article 34 requires cities to submit projects to a voter referendum when public funds are allocated to developing low-income rental housing. In the decades since its passage, cities have been forced to comply with a web of regulatory requirements and costly elections to build affordable housing.

December 1, 2018

San Francisco-- Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement on World AIDS Day:

Oversight in Prop 64 has led to taxes that are crippling programs that provide free medical cannabis to financially disadvantaged people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, and other life-threatening conditions
November 29, 2018

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced his intent to re-introduce a bill to exempt compassionate care programs from paying state commercial cannabis taxes when they are providing free medical cannabis to financially disadvantaged people living with serious health conditions. This bill is modeled off of Senator Wiener’s SB 829, which was vetoed by Governor Brown in September.

November 27, 2018

San Francisco— Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement on the 40th anniversary of the murders of Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone:

Senator Wiener is partnering with San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón to close loophole in the Penal Code that allows some auto burglars to escape consequences
November 26, 2018

San Francisco –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced that when the Legislature convenes on December 3, he will introduce a bill, sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, to close a loophole that hampers prosecutions for automobile break-ins. The bill is modeled on Senator Wiener’s SB 916, which he introduced in 2018, but which did not pass.

November 20, 2018

San Francisco— Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement on International Transgender Day of Remembrance:

 “Our transgender brothers and sisters face alarming rates of violence. The murder rate of trans women of color is off the charts, and trans kids are taking their own lives. As our President tries to erase trans people, let’s remember those who have perished and recommit to ending anti-trans violence and stigma.”

November 1, 2018

San Francisco—  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement after opponents of the Vallco housing project in Cupertino submitted signatures to qualify a referendum to repeal local approval of the project, and filed a second lawsuit this morning to delay the demolition of the defunct Vallco Mall:

SB 1045—authored by Senator Wiener-- allows San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego Counties to create new conservatorship programs focused on providing supportive housing and wraparound social services for those who cannot care for themselves
October 30, 2018

San Francisco— Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement following San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Rafael Mandelman’s announcement to move forward legislation to implement SB 1045: