Press Releases

The Northern California Carpenters Regional Council represents over 35,000 union carpenters throughout Northern California
May 2, 2019

Sacramento –  Today, the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, which represents over 35,000 union carpenters throughout Northern California, announced its support for Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) SB 50, the More HOMES Act. SB 50 eliminates hyper-low-density zoning near transit and job centers, thus legalizing apartment buildings and affordable housing in these locations so that more people can live near transit and near where they work. It also reduces or eliminates minimum parking requirements for new developments.

April 27, 2019

San Francisco— Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement in response to today’s synagogue shooting in San Diego County:  

"Six months to the day after the Tree of Life synagogue massacre, we see another brutal synagogue shooting in San Diego County. As we mourn, let’s recommit to end the hate violence against the Jewish community and all communities currently gripping our nation. This is not who we are."

Senate Bill 50 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
April 24, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 50 — the More HOMES Act (Housing, Opportunity, Mobility, Equity, and Stability) — cleared the Senate Governance and Finance Committee, with a vote of 6-1. It will now head to the Appropriations Committee for a vote.

April 22, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) was joined by San Francisco African American community leaders and HIV advocates to condemn a false and offensive ad campaign sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), which attacks Senator Wiener’s housing bill, Senate Bill 50. SB 50 legalizes more housing near public transportation and jobs, while protecting existing residents from displacement.

April 12, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) made the following statement on Trump’s threat to send immigrants to sanctuary cities:

“We welcome immigrants to San Francisco with open arms. Given that immigrants built this country, make our communities better places, and are coming here to work hard, start businesses, and raise their families, this temper tantrum by the President isn’t a punishment—it’s a benefit”  

 

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Poll conducted by Change Research shows sixty-one percent of California Voters support SB 50
April 11, 2019

San Francisco – A new statewide poll conducted by Change Research shows that sixty-one percent of California voters support Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) SB 50, the More HOMES Act. SB 50 eliminates hyper-low-density zoning near public transit and job centers, thus legalizing apartment buildings and affordable housing in these locations so that more people can live near transit and near where they work.

Sponsored by Equality California and the Los Angeles County District Attorney, SB 145 puts a stop to LGBT youth going on the sex offender registry, when similarly situated straight youth do not
April 9, 2019

Sacramento–  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 145, which ends blatant discrimination against LGBT youth regarding California’s sex offender registry, passed the Senate Public Safety Committee by a 6-0 vote.

Senate Bill 233 prohibits the arrest of people involved in sex work when they come forward as a witness or victim of specified violent and serious crimes, as well as prohibiting use of condoms as evidence of sex work
April 9, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation to protect sex workers from arrest for sex work after they report a serious and violent crime, such as rape, passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee with a 5-2 vote. It will now head to the Senate floor for a vote by the full Senate in the coming weeks. 

SB 159 authorizes pharmacists to furnish pre- and post- exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP) without a physician prescription and prohibits insurance companies from requiring prior authorizations in order to obtain PrEP coverage
April 8, 2019

Sacramento- Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Todd Gloria’s (D-San Diego) legislation to reduce barriers to accessing HIV preventative medications passed out of the Senate Business and Professions Committee by a vote of 6-0. It will now head to the Senate Health Committee for a vote. SB 159 authorizes pharmacists to furnish pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to patients without a physician prescription.

SB 201 aims to ensure that people born with atypical genital characteristics have the right to provide informed consent before undergoing medically unnecessary and potentially harmful genital reconstruction surgery
April 8, 2019

San Francisco–  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced that legislation to ensure intersex individuals—a term used often used by people born with variations in their sex characteristics, including genitalia—can provide informed consent before any medical treatments or interventions that could irreversibly affect their fertility or sexual function, will be pulled from the 2019 legislative session and pushed to 2020.