Peter Lauterborn

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Peter George Lauterborn (born October 23, 1984) is a youth and education policy advocate from San Francisco, California. He served on the San Francisco Youth Commission for two one-year terms, from 2003-2005.[1] Lauterborn was appointed by Mayors Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University.

Community advocacy[edit]

A major component of Lauterborn's work was directed at improving the San Francisco Unified School District's ability to handle incidents of sexual assault and harassment.[2] This work began with a Youth Commission hearing on the issue on April 1, 2004 [3] and a report a year later.[4] More recently, Lauterborn authored a resolution calling for the creation of a School District Task Force to deal with the issue. The resolution is sponsored by Commissioners Kim-Shree Maufas, Eric Mar, and Hydra Mendoza.[5]

In 2005, Lauterborn authored a Youth Commission resolution calling for Mayor Gavin Newsom to create a task force to support transitional youth. Newsom agreed and has touted the task force throughout his reelection campaign.[6]

Lauterborn worked with a large community coalition to fight fare increases on San Francisco Municipal Railway, which is San Francisco's primary transportation system. Lauterborn argued that the fares would unjustly affect youth who have no other options than public transportation.[7]

Editorial writing[edit]

From September 2006 to October 2007, Peter Lauterborn wrote a column for BeyondChron, an online daily opinion and news site run by the Tenderloin Housing Clinic. Lauterborn's articles covered everything from youth issues, San Francisco politics, education, national political issues, and more. In addition to current events, Lauterborn analyzed the meaning of youth advocacy, progressive politics, and similar themes, such as this article on the personal nature of local politics.

Candidacy for San Francisco Board of Education[edit]

On October 23, 2007, Peter Lauterborn celebrated his 23rd birthday by filling his initial papers to run as a candidate for the San Francisco School Board. Lauterborn was joined by the School Board's past-president Eric Mar and Community College Board candidate Chris Jackson.[8] In June 2008, Lauterborn announced that he had withdrawn from the race due to potential conflicts of interest with his job as the Education Policy Coordinator at the San Francisco Youth Commission.