Press Releases

SB 58 creates pure local control on whether to extend nightlife alcohol sale hours - is limited to ten California cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, West Hollywood, Long Beach, Coachella, Cathedral City, Fresno, and Palm Springs
May 21, 2019

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to allow – but not require – ten pilot cities to extend sales of alcohol at bars, nightclubs, and restaurants (but not liquor stores) to as late as 4 a.m. passed the Senate with a 28-6 vote.

Oversight in Prop 64 has led to taxes that are crippling programs that provide free medical cannabis to financially disadvantaged people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, and other life-threatening conditions
May 20, 2019

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to exempt compassionate care programs from paying state commercial cannabis taxes when they are providing free medical cannabis to financially disadvantaged people living with serious health conditions passed the State Senate with a 35-0 vote. It will now head to the Assembly for committee hearings in the coming weeks.

Thirteen bills were approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and will be taken up by the full Senate over the next two weeks
May 20, 2019

Sacramento–  Thirteen of Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bills, including legislation to protect individuals consumers’ rights to harvest and store solar energy, increase access to HIV medications, reduce unnecessary sentence enhancements, and to allow cities to choose to extend nightlife hours will be taken up for a full Senate vote over the next two weeks.

The deadline for approving the bills is Friday, May 31, after which they will move to the Assembly.

The full list of bills moving to the Senate floor are:

After key housing legislation was delayed in the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Mayors of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, Stockton, and Sacramento voice support for moving Senator Wiener’s SB 50, the More HOMES Act, forward this year
May 19, 2019

San Francisco–  In response to the Senate Appropriations Chair delaying Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) SB 50 (the More HOMES Act) until January, Mayors have expressed their disappointment, urging the Legislature to move SB 50 this year.

The mayors of Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Stockton, and Sacramento had this to say:

“No more delays,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.  “We need more housing now. Our crisis is only deepened when bills like Scott Wiener's SB 50 get stalled, and that hurts our residents, our families, our community.”

Poll shows strong support in all regions and among all demographics
May 17, 2019

Sacramento–  Today, a new statewide poll was released showing 66% of California voters support Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) SB 50, the More HOMES Act. The poll showed support in all regions and among all demographics. Support was especially strong among Black and Latino communities, people under 40, and renters. 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.

May 16, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) made the following statement after the Cow Palace Board of Directors voted to end gun shows at the Cow Palace:

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.
May 2, 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 with a 28-10 vote. It will now head to the Assembly where it will be set for a hearing in the coming months.

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.