Press Releases

SB 136 repeals a commonly used one-year sentence enhancement that is added to each prior prison or felony jail term that an individual has served
January 16, 2019

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) joined a coalition of criminal justice reform advocates and co-authors to announce the introduction of Senate Bill 136. SB 136 repeals a mandatory one-year sentence enhancement that is added to an individual’s base sentence for each prior prison or felony jail term served.  This enhancement impacts about one-third of people serving time in California prisons.

SB 127 will require Caltrans to make roads safer for people walking, bicycling, or using transit when repairing or upgrading state-owned roadways in urbanized areas
January 14, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) joined a coalition of transportation and health advocates to announce the introduction of Senate Bill 127, which will prioritize the creation of ‘complete streets,’ including safer and better designed sidewalks, bikeways, and crosswalks, on state highways that run through cities, towns, and neighborhoods.

January 14, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement in reaction to PG&E’s announcement that it will file for bankruptcy:

January 7, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) made the following statement upon the inauguration of Gavin Newsom as Governor of California:

January 4, 2019

“Today’s court ruling for Trump’s ban on transgender military service is outrageous. Trump has no factual basis to exclude transgender people from the military. His only “basis” is bigotry. We will keep fighting to end discrimination against our transgender brothers and sisters.”

December 21, 2018

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener issued the following statement upon being named Chair of the Senate Housing Committee:

The LOCAL Act -which creates pure local control on whether to extend nightlife alcohol sale hours - is limited to nine California cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, West Hollywood, Long Beach, Coachella, Cathedral City & Palm Springs
December 18, 2018

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced the re-introduction of Senate Bill 58, which allows – but does not require – nine pilot cities to extend sales of alcohol at bars, nightclubs, and restaurants (but not liquor stores) to as late as 4 a.m.

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.