Press Releases

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: 

June 24, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement upon learning that Harry Britt, a gay man and member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who succeeded Harvey Milk, had passed away:

“Harry Britt was a pioneer in the LGBTQ community’s entry into electoral politics. He deeply understood that while our allies are essential, we must have our own seat at the table. Harry helped create political space for people like me to serve in elected office. Harry’s death is a tragedy. He will be missed.”

SB 902 Allows Cities to Quickly Re-Zone for Density; SB 1138 Requires Cities to Zone for and Build Shelters to Address the Homelessness Crisis
June 22, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Today, two of Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bills — SB 902 and SB 1138 — passed the Senate by votes of 33-3 and 30-8 respectively. The legislation now heads to the Assembly. These two bills — together and in combination with Senator Wiener’s SB 899 (which will be voted on later in the week) — will help alleviate California’s intertwined housing shortage and homelessness crisis.

June 19, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement regarding Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States:

Five bills were approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and will be taken up by the full Senate over the next two weeks
June 18, 2020

Sacramento - Five of Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bills were approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and will be taken up for a vote by the full Senate

The bills must be approved through a Senate floor vote by Friday, June 26th, after which they will move to the Assembly.

The following is a full list of bills moving to the Senate floor:

SB 855 - Mental Health Coverage

June 18, 2020

Sacramento - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement regarding their legislation, SB 939, which did not pass the Senate Judiciary Committee today. If passed, SB 939 would have enacted a moratorium on commercial evictions – for small businesses and nonprofits – during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

June 18, 2020

Sacramento - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement today, after the Supreme Court blocked President Trump from ending DACA, which protects undocumented people, brought to this country as children, from deportation.

June 15, 2020

Sacramento - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling that discrimination against LGTBQ workers is barred by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. This ruling is a defeat for the Trump administration, who claimed that this type of discrimination against LGTBQ individuals was not banned by the Civil Rights Act and was legal.