Press Releases

September 21, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement as the California Department of Housing and Community Development announced that San Francisco would receive $44,840,003 in grant funding to create permanent housing for for those experiencing homelessness or at-risk of experiencing homelessness. This funding will allow the city of San Francisco to acquire a hotel and convert it into 232 units of permanent housing for some of the most at-risk individuals in our community.

August 17, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), released the following statement in response to a Wall Street Journal op-ed written by President Donald Trump and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson that attacks Senator Wiener’s key pieces of housing legislation: SB 50 and its predecessor SB 827. SB 50 would have reformed zoning laws to legalize affordable housing and multifamily housing across California in areas connected to good jobs and transit. 

August 7, 2020

Sacramento - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement regarding his bill, SB 288, which passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. SB 288 will expand CEQA statutory exemptions to speed up most of California’s sustainable transportation projects and make the approval and construction processes more streamlined and cost-effective. It is also an economic recovery bill that would make it easier to build important infrastructure projects and create jobs.

August 7, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding his bills, SB 855 and SB 932, which both passed the Assembly Health Committee last night. Both are landmark pieces of legislation that will help California understand and mitigate negative impacts of COVID-19 and other illnesses and communicable diseases.

SB 378 Would Help Reduce Mass Incarceration Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
July 21, 2020

Sacramento - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) today announced the introduction of SB 378, legislation that would end mandatory jail and prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. This would repeal state law established during the height of the War on Drugs era in 1986, which enacted these mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. The War on Drugs has since been widely acknowledged as failed racist policy, and its vestiges must be dismantled. 

SB 592 (the Fair Juries Act) would broaden jury pools to include all tax filers in order to create more representative juries by race and socioeconomic status
July 20, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has re-introduced legislation that would expand the pool of prospective jurors to include any state tax filers. This would ensure that jury pools are more diverse and demographically representative of California’s population. Currently, juries are selected using lists of registered voters and licensed drivers or identification card holders. However, these lists are not demographically representative, and thus the jury pool pulled from these lists tend to skew whiter, wealthier, and overall less diverse than the state actually is.

July 10, 2020

Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement regarding Governor Newsom's announcement that the state will release approximately 8,000 incarcerated individuals as COVID-19 rates soar in San Quentin State Prison.

The lawmakers released a letter asking the legislature to seek input from historians and California Native Americans on future of vandalized monument
July 10, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-Highland) yesterday asked the Legislature’s administrative committees to obtain input from an advisory group that includes historians and California Native Americans before determining the fate of the Junípero Serra statue taken down on Capitol grounds by protestors on July 4.

The Serra sculpture was placed in Capitol Park after the state approved legislation by then-San Francisco Assemblymember Milton Marks in 1965. His law, AB 1124, authorized the purchase and maintenance of the memorial.

July 6, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement regarding the International AIDS Conference, largely taking place virtually this year but based in San Francisco. The Conference was last held in San Francisco in 1990.

July 1, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement regarding COVID-19, its impact on California’s prison population, and the transfer of incarcerated individuals into ICE detention facilities. He will speak today on this issue at the Senate Public Safety Committee Hearing at 9am, which can be seen live here.

Senator Wiener said: