Scott Wiener

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Scott Wiener
Scott Weiner.jpg
Member of the California State Senate
from the 11th district
Assumed office
December 5, 2016
Preceded by Mark Leno
Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 8
In office
January 8, 2011 – December 5, 2016
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Ed Lee
Preceded by Bevan Dufty
Succeeded by Jeff Sheehy
Personal details
Born (1970-05-11) May 11, 1970 (age 46)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence San Francisco, California
Alma mater Duke University
Harvard Law School
Occupation Politician
Profession Lawyer
Religion Jewish[1][2]
Website Scott Wiener CA Senate Website

Scott Wiener (born May 11, 1970)[3] is an American politician and a member of the California State Senate. A Democrat, he represents the 11th Senate District, encompassing San Francisco and parts of San Mateo County.

Prior to his election to the State Senate in 2016, Wiener served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing District 8.[4][5] He also served as Chair of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, represented San Francisco as a commissioner on the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and represented San Francisco as a director on the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board.

Early life and career[edit]

Wiener was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in southern New Jersey, the son of small business owners. He graduated from Washington Township High School, received his bachelor's degree from Duke University, studied in Santiago, Chile, on a Fulbright Scholarship, and received his law degree from Harvard Law School. He clerked for Justice Alan B. Handler on the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

In 1997, Wiener moved to San Francisco to work as a litigation attorney at Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe. In 2002, he went to work as a deputy city attorney under San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.[4]

Before running for the Board of Supervisors, Wiener served as chair of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee.

In 2015, Wiener was robbed of his cell phone on the corner of 16th and Valencia. He immediately began to negotiate with the would-be thieves, and got them to agree to accept $200 for the return of his phone. The foursome walked to a nearby ATM, where the transaction was caught on tape by the cameras at the ATM. A Wells Fargo security guard also observed the robbery in progress, and called the police.[6] A woman and a man were later arrested and charged with second-degree robbery.[7]

San Francisco Supervisor[edit]

Wiener was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on November 2, 2010, carrying 42.4% of the vote in the first round of ranked choice voting.[8] After the two lowest candidates were dropped, Wiener won election with 18,239 votes, or 55.4%, over the second-place finisher, attorney Rafael Mandelman.[8]

Wiener was re-elected on November 4, 2014 on the first round of ranked choice voting, carrying a large majority of the vote.[9]


In 2011, after a string of fires caused by arson in the Castro district, Wiener authored legislation allowing residents temporarily displaced by fires or natural disasters to rent other apartments at below-market rates.[10] Previously, landlords willing to rent out apartments to tenant on a temporary basis could not offer lower rents without locking these rates in at that rate under rent control.[10]

In 2012, Wiener passed legislation encouraging the production of student housing while restricting the conversion of existing rental stock to student housing.[11] That same year, the Board passed legislation to allow the construction of residential units as small as 220 square feet, known as micro-apartments.[12]

In 2014, Wiener introduced two measures to allow the construction of new in-law units in San Francisco: the first allows units to be built within the Castro neighborhood [13] and the second allows owners of buildings undergoing seismic retrofit to add in-law units.[14] In 2016, Wiener authored legislation to fast-track the approval of affordable housing projects.[15]

In 2016, Wiener introduced legislation to extend rent control protections to people living with HIV/AIDS.[16]


Wiener has focused much of his policy work on San Francisco's public transportation, He has criticized the lack of investment in transit in San Francisco, and has advocated for additional funding measures.[17] His proposals include changing the transit-impact development fee[17] and a ballot measure to tie Muni funding to population growth.[18] The latter measure, Prop B requires 75% of increased funding to improve Muni reliability and 25% of the funding to improve street safety.[19] Prop B was passed on November 4, 2014.[9]

Wiener has also encouraged increases in the number of taxis in San Francisco[20] and has supported expanding access to car-share programs.[21]

In 2013, the full Board of Supervisors passed Wiener's legislative package to streamline pedestrian safety projects.[22] The legislation included creating a centralized Street Design Review Committee, making it easier for developers to implement pedestrian safety projects as gifts to the city, and amending the Fire Code to provide more leeway for sidewalk extensions.[22]

Over his tenure as a Supervisor, Wiener has advocated against widening streets.[23] In 2014, this led to a public disagreement with the San Francisco Fire Department around street design at new developments at Hunters Point and Candlestick Point.[23] The Fire Department sought to widen streets in these developments to be 26 feet wide, which is 6 feet wider than the legal requirement.[24]

Public spaces[edit]

In 2012, Wiener sponsored controversial legislation banning nudity at unpermitted events, which was eventually passed by the Board.[25] Wiener stated that "[t]his is what local government is for—to respond to the issues affecting citizens where they live." [26]

In 2013, the Board of Supervisors passed another bill authored by Wiener establishing park hours for San Francisco's parks. The supervisor claimed the ban was needed to combat vandalism and illegal dumping. Critics said it was unfairly aimed at the homeless.[27]

Wiener has also been active in promoting and regulating food trucks. In 2013, Wiener's legislation establishing guidelines for San Francisco's food truck industry was passed by the Board of Supervisors.[28]

Another of Wiener's policy focuses has been increasing government spending on parks, including supporting the expansion of park patrol in budget negotiations.[29] Wiener also authored legislation to have the city government purchase a parking lot on 24th Street and turn it into a public park.[30]

On the Budget Committee, Wiener has advocated for adding government funding for maintenance and safety in San Francisco’s parks and other public spaces.[31] He has also been involved in efforts to increase municipal spending on street resurfacing[32] and maintenance of street trees and park trees.[33] He has a ballot measure pending for the November 2016 ballot that will require the City to maintain all street trees and pay for this through a combination of a parcel tax and a mandated general fund contribution.[34]


In 2015, Wiener authored legislation to make San Francisco the first city in the country to require water recycling in new developments.[35] He also proposed legislation to require each unit in multi-unit buildings have their own water submeters.[36]

Nightlife and culture[edit]

Early in his first term, Wiener requested a study of the economic impacts of entertainment and nightlife, a big issue in his first campaign.[37] The study, completed by the San Francisco City Economist, found San Francisco nightlife generated $4.2 billion in economic productivity in 2010.[38]

In 2013, Wiener authored legislation to make it easier for businesses to get permits for DJs, and to offer a new permit to allow for live music in plazas.[39]

PrEP use and HIV issues[edit]

In September 2014, Wiener announced in an online essay on the Huffington Post that he was taking Truvada, a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) that reduces the risk of HIV infection.[40] Wiener stated that he disclosed his usage of PrEP in an effort to reduce the stigma around taking the HIV prevention medication. Wiener also cited the need for more awareness and expanding access as other keys for making PrEP successful.[41] He also worked with David Campos to support ensuring low-cost access to Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis against HIV after announced his own PrEP use.[42]

As a member of the Board’s budget committee, Wiener has advocated for HIV/AIDS services, especially around restoring lost federal funds. [43] In 2016, he was integral in securing funding for San Francisco's Getting to Zero effort, which aims to end all new HIV infections in San Francisco.[44]

Parental leave[edit]

In 2016, Wiener authored first-in-the-country legislation to require fully paid parental leave for new parents after childbirth or adoption, applying to both parents. As a result of this legislation, employers in San Francisco must give employees up to six weeks of paid time off.[45]

Soda tax[edit]

In 2014, Supervisor Wiener introduced a ballot measure that would have imposed a two cents per ounce tax on the distribution of sodas and other sweetened beverages, and used the money to fund "healthy choices" in San Francisco.[46] The measure, which was also sponsored by Supervisors Malia Cohen, Eric Mar, John Avalos, David Chiu and David Campos, aimed to reduce soda consumption and increase programs to combat the rise of diabetes and other related diseases in San Francisco.[47]

The endorsement list for San Francisco's sugar beverages tax, Prop E, featured much of San Francisco's local political establishment, including all its state legislators, and many health organizations,[48] but voters in the November 4, 2014 election did not give the measure the ⅔ super-majority required to impose a new tax.[9] The American Beverage Association, much criticized by Wiener during the campaign, spent over $9 million to defeat Prop E,[49] which was also opposed by the Libertarian Party of San Francisco. Ultimately the measure garnered 55.6% of the vote,[9] a little over 10 percentage points below the threshold needed.

City business with states that forbid LGBT civil rights protections[edit]

In 2016, he authored a bill, passed by the Board, barring the city from doing business with companies that have a home base in states such as North Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi, that forbid civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.[50]

Fox News incident[edit]

When asked to comment by a Fox News Channel correspondent on July 13, 2015 over the shooting death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco, allegedly by an illegal immigrant whom the city sheltered as part of its sanctuary city policy, Wiener gave the following response: "“Fox News is not real news, and you’re not a reporter. I talk to real news only. Fox News is not real news”.[51] Also, when asked if he was upset that President Obama didn’t reach out to the Steinle family, he answered, “Fox News is not real news," refusing to answer the question and shutting his office door.[52]

State Senate campaign[edit]

On July 1, 2015, Wiener announced that he was running for the 11th Senate District to replace termed out Senator Mark Leno.[53] The district includes all of San Francisco and portions of northern San Mateo County, including Daly City, Colma, and part of South San Francisco. Wiener announced several endorsements, including that of Senator Leno, as part of his campaign announcement.[53] He ultimately defeated fellow Supervisor Jane Kim in the November general election to win election to the State Senate.

State Senate[edit]

Wiener serves as the Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee. He is also a member of the Appropriations, Public Safety, Transportation and Housing, and Energy Committees.

Personal life[edit]

Wiener is openly gay.[54][55]


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