|Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 9
December 4, 2008
|Appointed by||Gavin Newsom|
|Preceded by||Tom Ammiano|
September 28, 1970 |
Puerto Barrios, Guatemala
|Residence||San Francisco, California|
|Website||David Campos for State Assembly ImForCampos|
David Campos (born September 28, 1970), is an attorney and member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing San Francisco's District 9 (Bernal Heights, Portola, and the Inner Mission) since 2008. His reelection in 2012 made him one of only two LGBT San Francisco Supervisors. As of 2014, Campos is seeking to represent the 17th District (eastern half of San Francisco) in the California State Assembly. If elected, Campos will be the first Latino (Guatemalan-American) to represent San Francisco as a state legislator and would continue an 18-year tradition of LGBT officials representing the 17th Assembly District.
Early life and career
David Campos was born in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. At age 14, with his parents and two sisters, he fled the Guatemalan Civil War and emigrated to the United States. Campos graduated at the top of his class at Jefferson High School in South Central Los Angeles, overcoming barriers such as learning English, attending an under-served high school, and the stigma and risk associated with being undocumented. His academic accomplishments earned him scholarships and admissions to Stanford University, from which he graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. While attending Harvard Law School from 1993 to 1996, Campos became a permanent resident of the United States and met his partner, Phil Hwang. They married in 2014.
After three years of private law practice, Campos entered public service as Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco in 1999. During his tenure he was chief attorney for San Francisco Unified School District overseeing its school desegregation program. Campos was also appointed as a San Francisco Police Commissioner from 2005-2008.
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
In 2008, David Campos was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 9 (Bernal Heights, Portola, and the Inner Mission), succeeding current State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano.
Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Campos to the vacant supervisorial seat on December 4, 2008, one month before the other freshman supervisors elected in November 2008. His predecessor, Ammiano, had resigned from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in early December to start his tenure at the California State Assembly.
San Francisco Sanctuary City Policy
In 1989, San Francisco passed the "City and County of Refuge" Ordinance (also known as the Sanctuary Ordinance) which prohibits City employees from helping Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with immigration investigations or arrests unless such help is required by federal or state law or a warrant.
In 2008, following the arrest of undocumented youth Edwin Ramos for a triple murder, Gavin Newsom amended the sanctuary city policy of San Francisco to allow the city to refer juvenile undocumented immigrants convicted of felonies to federal authorities for deportation. San Francisco had also been referring such youth arrested but not yet tried in court to federal authorities.
Supervisor Campos introduced legislation in August 2009 that sought to protect undocumented youth being held by San Francisco police from deportation and separation from their families. The legislation requires local authorities to wait for a criminal conviction before turning youth over to ICE. In an editorial for the "San Francisco Chronicle", Campos stated that his proposal "strikes a balance between the former city policy that failed to report people who should have been reported, and the current one, which in essence violates the right of these young people to a hearing on the accusations against them and can ultimately tear them from the protection of their families" and that he believed "every person has the right to a hearing before being punished and is innocent until proven guilty."
Free Muni for Youth
Supervisor Campos and local community activists including P.O.W.E.R. (People Organized to Win Employment Rights) and CCDC (Chinatown Community Development Center) are credited with providing free local public transportation to San Francisco youth. San Francisco residents from low income communities were outraged after San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) decided to significantly reduce the use of yellow school buses for transporting students to and from school. Campos argued, "in the midst of this affordability crisis, we know that low and moderate income families, youth, seniors and people with disabilities are struggling more than ever, and making public transportation affordable and accessible is one step towards alleviating some of the financial stress people are experiencing." 
On March 1, 2013, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority (SFMTA) launched the Free MUNI for Low Income Youth Pilot Program. The 16-month pilot program waived MUNI fares for low- and moderate-income youth residents of San Francisco between the ages of 5 and 18. To qualify for free passes, families must make less than the average income in the Bay Area, which the SFMTA puts at $82,400 for a family of two and $103,000 for a family of four.
The SFMTA decided to renew the program in response to the pilot program’s success. According to preliminary data by the Office of the Mayor, Free Muni for Low Income Youth had a positive impact on San Francisco’s transportation network. In addition, Clipper card data showed 266,000 more rides by youth Muni riders in May 2013 than in May 2012. Approximately 45 percent of Free Muni for Low Income Youth participants plan to ride public transportation as an adult, while 70 percent would recommend Muni to their friends, according to the San Francisco Unified School District Student Survey results.
Creating reproductive health care buffer zone
Since it opened in 2011, the San Francisco Planned Parenthood had faced escalating harassment from anti-abortion activists who would intimidate, shout at and physically block patients, staff members and neighbors of the clinic. Protesters were obscuring access to the clinics with large signs, and taking pictures and video of anyone entering the clinic. At that time abortions accounted for less than 2 percent of patient visits.
On May 7, 2013, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Campos’ Health Care Access Buffer Zone legislation. The legislation created a 25-foot harassment free buffer zone around all free-standing health clinics in the city. The penalty for encroaching the buffer zone is up to a $1,000 fine or three months in jail. The ordinance also expands the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which makes it a federal offense to use physical force or intimidation to prevent a person from entering a reproductive health care facility.
In September 2012, San Francisco's supervisors voted 8-3 to approve Supervisor Campos’ CleanPowerSF legislation. CleanPowerSF will be a publicly owned clean energy program that will, for the first time in the city’s history, break the PG&E energy monopoly and give residents the opportunity to boost their use of power derived from renewable sources. Ultimately, the plan will use the program’s revenue stream to help construct the city’s own renewable energy infrastructure, including wind and solar generators. Supervisor Campos cited the importance of consumer choice in the city’s efforts to meet its environmental goals, saying, “this is truly about giving consumers in San Francisco a choice to say ‘we want to have clean energy.’” 
2014 Run for State Assembly
On August 1, 2013, Campos filed papers at San Francisco City Hall and announced his intentions for California State Assembly. He is seeking to serve the 17th District (eastern half of San Francisco) and succeed his mentor, Democrat Tom Ammiano, who has reached term limits. If elected, Campos will be the first Latino to represent San Francisco in the State Assembly. His election would also extend a legacy of consecutive LGBT public officials serving San Francisco in the State Assembly, starting with Carole Migden (1996-2002) and continuing with Mark Leno (2002-2008), and Tom Ammiano (2008-2014).
Campos lost to David Chiu in the San Francisco primary on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, with 43% of the vote. Chiu won 48% of the vote and Republican candidate David Salaverry won 8.5%. The November election will be between Campos and Chiu. The loss came after a tough election campaign in which a SFBay.com headline declared the spring election season to be "unusually mean" due to attack ads, mudslinging, and negative campaigning in races throughout the Bay Area, including mailers from the Campos campaign.
In 2012, David Campos as a San Francisco Supervisor became involved in the controversy surrounding San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. On January 13, 2012, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi faced charges of domestic violence as well as two misdemeanors. Mirikarimi initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, but on March 13 of the same year, he pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, a misdemeanor.
Mirkarimi was pressured to resign; however, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors ignored calls for his resignation and instead allowed Mirkarimi, who had been suspended for nine months, to return to his job as sheriff. David Campos along with Supervisors John Avalos, Jane Kim, and Christina Olague, voted to reinstate Mirkarimi as sheriff. The controversy has, once again, surfaced during the 2014 election cycle.
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