Press Releases

The FDA currently prohibits gay and bisexual men from donating blood if they’ve had sex in the past year
March 22, 2020

San Francisco - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement calling on the FDA to end its discriminatory policy banning any gay or bisexual man, and any men who have had sex with other men in the past year, from donating blood. Sexually active straight people are not subject to this rule. 

El SB 939 prohíbe a los propietarios comerciales desalojar a empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro durante el Estado de Emergencia del COVID-19, protegiendo así a las pequeñas empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro vulnerables
March 20, 2020

Sacramento - Hoy, los senadores Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) y Lena González (D-Long Beach), presentaron el anteproyecto SB 939, que establece una moratoria sobre los desalojos comerciales, incluidas las pequeñas empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro, durante la emergencia de salud del COVID-19. (Anticipamos que el proyecto de ley se imprimirá el lunes por la noche. Se adjunta una copia en inglés de la legislación).

 

SB 939 prohibits commercial landlords from evicting businesses and nonprofits during the COVID-19 State of Emergency, thus protecting small businesses and vulnerable nonprofits
March 20, 2020

Sacramento - Today, Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) introduced SB 939, which places a moratorium on commercial evictions, including small businesses and nonprofits, for the duration of the COVID-19 health emergency. (We anticipate that the bill we be in print by Monday evening. Attached is a copy of the legislation.)

March 20, 2020

San Francisco - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement regarding Governor Newsom's speech tonight in which he indicated he plans to lease Seton Medical Center in Daly City:

“We got some good news tonight: Governor Newsom indicated that the State plans to lease Seton Medical Center in Daly City to help with the expected surge in hospitalizations due to COVID-19. Seton Medical Center’s prior owners, Verity Health, had announced earlier in March that they planned to close the facility. 

March 18, 2020

Sacramento - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), sent the following letter to the San Francisco Superior Court asking for a moratorium on unlawful detainer (eviction) trials during the COVID-19 crisis:

 

Dear Judge Wong,

 

March 17, 2020

Sacramento - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), on behalf of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, issued the following statement:

March 16, 2020

San Francisco - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) released the following statement regarding the six-county Bay Area shelter-in-place order:

“We are in unprecedented times. The Coronavirus pandemic poses a massive threat to our community’s health and well-being, to our economy, and to our way of life. We must confront it with firm and resolute steps to slow the contagion’s spread.

March 15, 2020

San Francisco, CA - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s public health directive increasing social distancing:  

March 14, 2020

Sacramento - Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement:

March 12, 2020

Sacramento - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding renters, small businesses, and homeowners struggling financially due to the impacts of COVID-19 closures: