We have enormous work to do for our city — to create more housing and stop the evictions, to dramatically improve our transit systems, to get people out of tents into housing, to rebuild our mental health safety net, to ensure all children receive great public education, to break down the continuing barriers to healthcare, to address the continuing needs of LGBT people, and to meaningfully address two existential threats : climate change and the drought.
But making a difference in people’s lives requires putting progressive policies into action, even in the face of adversity. A lot of people have a lot of really great ideas, but ideas only become actual policies when we stand together to do the hard work and deliver results.
That’s what I’ve done as supervisor and what I’ll do as your next state senator.
As supervisor, I passed legislation expanding paid family leave because it’s so important that new parents are able stay home with their child without having to sacrifice their paycheck. As state senator, I will work to pass paid leave for families statewide. Our next president, Hillary Clinton, recognized my work when she was here in San Francisco, saying “I want to give a special shout out to Supervisor Scott Wiener and those who helped pass paid family leave.”
As supervisor, I passed legislation to create new rent-controlled in-law units, and expanded rent-control protections for long-term HIV survivors. As state senator, I’ll fight to reform the Ellis Act and ensure all Bay Area communities create more affordable housing, not just San Francisco. As Sen. Mark Leno stated, “Scott Wiener has fought with me for Ellis Act reform and renter protections. I know he will effectively continue that fight in Sacramento.”
As supervisor, I passed legislation to combat climate change by requiring the installation of solar panels on new buildings and legislation to require water recycling in new developments to address our severe water shortage. As State Senator, I’ll aggressively continue California’s transition from a carbon economy to a clean energy economy and will work to modernize our outdated water system. We need to act now for our future generations, before it’s too late.
As supervisor, I’ve made our public transportation system a top priority because whether you walk, ride the bus, bike or drive, a sustainable, interconnected transportation network is critical to our daily lives. As state senator, I’ll lead the fight to bring transportation funding back to the Bay Area for Muni, BART and Caltrain.
Because of my record, I am extremely proud to have earned the endorsement of the Democratic Party, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Sen. Leno and the California League of Conservation Voters.
As you cast your vote today at the polls, I ask for your support so we can put good ideas into action and do the work to make life better for our friends, our neighbors and our communities.
Scott Wiener is a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and candidate for state Senate.