Scott Wiener

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Scott Wiener
Scott Weiner.jpg
Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 8
Assumed office
January 8, 2011
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Ed Lee
Preceded by Bevan Dufty
Personal details
Born (1970-05-11) May 11, 1970 (age 44)
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 Supervisor Scott Wiener

Scott Wiener (born May 11, 1970)[3] is a Democratic Party politician currently serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing District 8, consisting of The Castro, Diamond Heights, Duboce Triangle, Eureka Valley, Glen Park, Noe Valley, Corona Heights, Mission Dolores, Buena Vista, Twin Peaks, and parts of the Mission District.[4][5] Wiener serves as Chair of the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee, and as a member of the Budget and Finance Committee.[6] He also serves as Vice Chair of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, represents San Francisco as a Commissioner on the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission and represents 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, graduating summa cum laude, studied in Santiago, Chile, on a Fulbright Scholarship, and received his law degree from Harvard Law School, graduating with honors. After law school, Wiener clerked for Justice Alan B. Handler on the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

In 1997, Wiener moved out west 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] As a Deputy City Attorney, Wiener handled numerous jury trials in federal and state court and litigated appeals up to the United States Supreme Court. He also supervised a team of trial attorneys.

Before running for the Board of Supervisors, Wiener served as Chair of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee and president of his neighborhood association. He has also co-chaired the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, the San Francisco LGBT Community Center and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom.

Board of Supervisors[edit]

In November 2010, Wiener was elected to represent District 8 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.[7] As a member of the Board of Supervisors, Wiener has focused on housing, transportation, and economic development.

Wiener's legislation at the Board has included the following:

  • Creating a temporary rental category for tenants who are displaced from their apartments because of a fire or other disaster and who need affordable temporary rental units while their apartments are being repaired.[8]
  • Re-evaluating San Francisco’s approach to historic preservation controls.[9]
  • Establishing minimum qualifications and rules of conduct for professional dogwalkers who conduct their businesses in city parks.[10]
  • Closing loopholes in San Francisco’s prevailing wage ordinance for low-paid workers like janitors.[11]
  • Creating a sentencing commission to address San Francisco’s approach to sentencing and to avoid jail over-crowding.[12]
  • Encouraging the production of student housing while restricting the conversion of existing rental stock to student housing.[13]
  • Encouraging an increase in the number of taxis in San Francisco.[14]
  • Easing the current permitting process for restaurants, cafes, and bakeries[15] and for antique dealers and other second-hand stores.[16]
  • Creating a task force to address the emerging needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender seniors.[17]
  • Banning camping, sleeping, and smoking in the Castro’s two primary public plazas.[18]
  • Banning public nudity on streets, sidewalks, plazas and medians, yet permitting nudity at certain beaches and street festivals.[19]
  • Restructuring nightlife and entertainment regulations, including classifying music by DJs as live performances, allowing for less onerous permitting of performances prior to 10 PM, allowing limited outdoor music in plazas and courtyards, and enhancing the powers of the Entertainment Commission.[20]
  • Reducing the minimum square footage requirement for apartments in San Francisco to 220 square feet total, with 150 square feet of living space and 70 square feet of bathroom/kitchen/closet space.[21]
  • Increasing San Francisco's ability to deliver pedestrian safety projects by creating a centralized Street Design Review Committee, creating a new permit that allows developers to more easily build pedestrian improvements on behalf of the city, and amending the Fire Code to ensure pedestrian safety projects are not unnecessarily impeded by minimum street width definitions.[22]
  • Authoring new legislation to authorize the purchase of a parking lot in Noe Valley so that the lot could be turned into a neighborhood park.[23]
  • Establishing guidelines for San Francisco's food truck industry, including regulating where food trucks can locate, stricter enforcement against permit violators, and streamlining the permit process.[24]
  • Creating a codified CEQA Appeals Process for San Francisco, which establishes deadlines for CEQA appeals, prevents multiple appeals from being filed on the same project, no longer allows projects to be appealed mid-construction, and improves notification of projects.[25]
  • Introducing a "war on sodas" ballot measure to place a two penny per ounce tax on the distribution of sodas and other sugary beverages to fund health, nutrition, and physical activities in schools, parks, and the city.[26] The measure—sponsored by Supervisors Malia Cohen, Eric Mar, John Avalos, David Chiu and David Campos—aims to reduce soda consumption and increase programs to combat the rise of diabetes and other related diseases in San Francisco.[27] The Tax is supported by State Senator Mark Leno, Assembly members Tom Ammiano and Phil Ting, San Francisco Board of Education, the Hospital Council of Northern California, the San Francisco Medical Society, California Nurses Association, Choose Health SF, the San Francisco Parent PAC, the Trust for Public Land, the San Francisco Dental Hygiene Society, the Executive Board of the United Educators San Francisco, the San Francisco Democratic Party and others.[28]

As a member of the Board’s budget committee, Wiener has been instrumental in preventing cuts to HIV/AIDS services[29] and to adding funding for maintenance and safety in San Francisco’s parks and other public spaces.[30] He has also been involved in efforts to increase funding for city street resurfacing[31] and maintenance of street trees and park trees.[32]


  1. ^ Knight, Heather (December 30, 2010). "Scott Wiener's persistence pays off in District 8". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ Bajko, Matthew S. (August 13, 2009). "Political Notebook: Spanjian tries to break gender barrier in D8 supervisor race". Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Scott Wiener, District 8, Castro - San Francisco Supervisor Candidate Profile". San Francisco Chronicle. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b Knight, Heather (December 30, 2010). "Scott Wiener's persistence pays off in District 8". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ Joshua Sabatini (December 27, 2010). "Scott Wiener no stranger to city politics". The San Francisco Examiner. 
  6. ^ "Chiu names Farrell as budget chair, Wiener as head of land use," Marisa Lagos, City Insider, 12 January 2011.
  7. ^ "San Francisco Election 2010 Results". San Francisco Board of Elections. 
  8. ^ "Board of Supes Gives Initial Approval to Tenant Displacement Legislation". SF Appeal. 
  9. ^ Gordon, Rachel (May 9, 2012). "Historic Preservation Policies OKd". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  10. ^ "San Francisco Supes Approve Regulations for Dogwalkers". CBS San Francisco. 
  11. ^ "Landmark Prevailing Wage Enacted". San Francisco Labor Council. 
  12. ^ "SF Sentencing Commission Launched". Bay Area Reporter. 
  13. ^ "Board Restricts Ability to Convert Rental Housing". San Francisco Examiner. 
  14. ^ "Supervisor Scott Wiener Hails Plan for More Cabs". San Francisco Examiner. 
  15. ^ Finz, Stacy (April 4, 2012). "SF Supervisors Puts Easier Restaurant Rules on the Menu". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  16. ^ Gordon, Rachel (June 13, 2012). "SF Supervisor Wiener Proposes Repealing 6 Old Laws". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  17. ^ "San Francisco Considers Elderly LGBT Task Force". KCBS. 
  18. ^ "SF Supes Pass New Regulations for Castro Plazas". KTVU. 
  19. ^ "Public nudity ban passed by the Board of Supervisors". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  20. ^ "Proposal makes it easier for businesses to host DJs". KGO ABC 7. 
  21. ^ Romney, Lee (November 21, 2012). "San Francisco approves 220 square foot apartments". Los Angeles Times. 
  22. ^ "Board of Supervisors Unanimously Passes Wiener’s Ped Safety Reforms". 
  23. ^ "Noe Valley Town Square Becomes Reality With Unanimous Board Of Supervisors Vote". Noe Valley Blog. 
  24. ^ "New San Francisco food truck regulations approved". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  25. ^ "Unanimous support for CEQA law, eight months later". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  26. ^ Colliver, Victoria (February 1, 2014). "United front in S.F.'s war on sodas, other sweet drinks". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  27. ^ Knight, Heather (November 30, 2013). San Francisco Chronicle  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  28. ^ "United front in S.F.'s war on sodas, other sweet drinks". Choose Health SF. 
  29. ^ "Lee to Restore All HIV/AIDS Funds". Bay Area Reporter. 
  30. ^ "It's Down to the Wire for San Francisco's Budget". San Francisco Examiner. 
  31. ^ "Street fight is brewing over San Francisco's Road Repair Bond". San Francisco Examiner. 
  32. ^ Wiener, Scott (July 18, 2011). "Maintaining San Francisco's Trees". Huffington Post. 

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