|Rafael Mandelman (left) and Avalos (right)|
|Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 11
January 8, 2009
|Preceded by||Gerardo Sandoval|
|Born||March 11, 1964
|Residence||San Francisco, California|
|Website||Supervisor John Avalos|
John Avalos is a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing District 11. The district consists of Crocker-Amazon, Excelsior, Ingleside, Oceanview, and the Outer Mission districts. He was elected on November 4, 2008 in the 2008 San Francisco elections and took office on January 8, 2009.
Avalos was born in Wilmington, California. His mother, an office manager, and his dad, a member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, raised seven children. His parents divorced when he was young, and his mother cared for them on her own. Avalos moved to Andover, Massachusetts as a teenager and graduated from Andover High School in 1982.
After graduation, he moved back to his home state of California. As the first person in his family to graduate from college, Avalos earned a bachelors degree in English from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a masters degree in social work from San Francisco State University.
Early political and organizing work
Avalos worked as an organizer for Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth in San Francisco's Excelsior District, and on the Justice for Janitors Campaign for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1877. Avalos worked as an educator and counselor for the Columbia Park Boys and Girls Club, Mission Neighborhood Health Center, and San Francisco Conservation Corps. For four years before being elected to the Board of Supervisors, Avalos was a legislative aide for supervisor Chris Daly.
San Francisco supervisor
On November 4, 2008, John Avalos won the election for San Francisco District 11 supervisor with 28.23% of the total votes in round one and 52.93% in round four, under the city's instant-runoff voting system. District 11 includes the Outer Mission, Excelsior, Oceanview, Merced Heights, Cayuga, and Ingleside neighborhoods.
As chair of the Budget and Finance Committee in 2009 and 2010, John Avalos led the Board of Supervisors' effort to approve budgets, closing deficits of over $500 million. In January 2011, Avalos was appointed to serve as chair of the City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee.
In June 2010, Avalos introduced a resolution condemning "Israel's military attack on the freedom flotilla".
On Tuesday, December 14, 2010, Avalos' local hiring ordinance passed with an 8-3 vote. This legislation mandates that up to 50% of labor hours on San Francisco public works projects go to San Francisco residents. Requirements start at 20% in the first year, building up to 50% after seven years.
Avalos voted to reinstate Ross Mirkarimi as sheriff after Mayor Ed Lee initiated official removal proceedings against Sheriff Mirkarimi. Avalos said that removing Mirkarimi would be "a dangerous precedent to set and a slippery slope to open up as a political tool." In the charging documents, Lee alleged a list of behaviors that Lee believed constituted official misconduct. citation needed Mirkarimi had previously plead guilty to the charge of misdemeanor non-violent false imprisonment against his wife in a plea bargain in a separate criminal court trial in which he was sentenced to probation and agreed to counseling. citation needed
Candidacy for mayor (2011)
On April 18, 2011, Avalos filed to run for Mayor of San Francisco as a Progressive candidate.
Avalos is married to Karen , a public-school teacher, and they have two children. Avalos is a third generation Mexican-American, Zapata a first generation Peruvian-American.
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