Press Releases

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:

SB 902 automatically zones for two, three or four units per parcel depending on a city’s size, while also providing cities a new streamlined process to rezone for up to 10 units per parcel
March 10, 2020

Sacramento - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced SB 902, which authorizes two, three or four units of housing per parcel – depending on population – in neighborhoods zoned for lower density, such as single-family zoned areas. Additionally, SB 902 provides cities with a powerful new streamlining tool, if they choose to utilize it, to upzone non-sprawl areas to as many as 10 units per parcel.

SB 899 allows faith institutions and nonprofit hospitals to build affordable housing on their property regardless of local zoning law
March 6, 2020

Sacramento – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 899 to allow faith institutions (such as churches, synagogues, and mosques) along with nonprofit hospitals to build affordable housing on their property by right, even if local zoning prohibits this type of housing. The legislation only applies to 100% affordable housing for low-income residents.

March 5, 2020

Sacramento – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) released the following statement regarding Verity Health System’s decision to close Seton Medical Center in Daly City:

SB 888 will authorize Medi-Cal to fund evidence-based treatment that gives participants with meth addictions cash rewards for staying sober
February 26, 2020

Sacramento – Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 888 to address the increase in meth usage and overdose deaths. This legislation expands substance use disorder treatment options covered under Medi-Cal, requiring Medi-Cal to pay for contingency management. Contingency management has proven to be the most effective method of treatment for methamphetamine addiction. Contingency management describes the practice of giving those struggling with drug addiction financial rewards if they test clean.

SB 1138 will help relieve California’s homelessness crisis by ensuring cities zone for and build adequate shelters connected to services and permanent housing
February 20, 2020

Sacramento – Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 1138, legislation to address gaps in the shelter zoning process under existing California housing law. Currently, cities and counties must identify in their housing elements (a term for a state-mandated housing plan) at least one zone where emergency shelters can receive streamlined approval.

February 19, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding Governor Newsom’s comments about conservatorship and housing at today’s State of the State address:

SB 1001 would broaden jury pool to including all tax filers in order to create more representative juries by race and income level
February 14, 2020

Sacramento – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation that would expand the jury pool to include any state tax filers. This would ensure that jury pools would be 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.

California law enforcement agencies violate state law regarding ALPR mass surveillance technology usage, inadequately protecting privacy and leading to potentially serious privacy violations
February 13, 2020

Sacramento- Today, in response to a request from Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to audit law enforcement usage of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPR), the California State Auditor released a report which found that law enforcement using this mass surveillance technology in cities across the state lacked necessary safeguards against privacy violations and are noncompliant with state law. Senator Wiener requested the audit due to privacy concerns, understanding this technology could be easily over- and misused without regulation and guidelines.

As Associate Justice Ming W. Chin retires, the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus asks Newsom to nominate an LGBTQ judge
February 13, 2020

Sacramento- Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), on behalf of the California Legislative LGBTQ caucus, sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom asking him to nominate an LGBTQ judge to the vacancy on the California Supreme Court. With Associate Justice Ming W. Chin retiring, Governor Newsom is able to nominate a new judge to the Supreme Court. The text of the letter follows:

“Dear Governor Newsom,