Supervisors Scott Wiener and David Campos don’t always see eye to eye on public policy, but they share a common vision for the Mission: maintaining a robust neighborhood sensitive to its rich past but accommodating to a rapidly evolving future.
Their disagreements often lie in how — not whether — to implement comprehensive legislative reform that appeases both longtime Missionites and newcomers, and that strikes a balance between the old and the new.
“We have constructive, productive dialogue, and when we disagree, it’s in a way that’s respectful,” Campos said at a recent meeting with Mission Local staff. The question that concerns both of them, he said, is “How do we have a city that works for everyone, the San Francisco that truly works for every resident?”
Wiener and Campos, who represent districts 8 and 9, respectively, are equally concerned with maintaining public safety, developing affordable housing, increasing efficient public transportation and improving education — key issues affecting everyday life in the Mission.
Both candidates agree that the 16-year-old moratorium on new liquor licenses is outdated. They concur that schools — like Everett Middle School and Mission High — thrive with increased funding. They also agree that skyrocketing rents are threatening the Mission’s core, and that affordable housing policy requires creative, proactive fiscal planning.
As for the liquor license moratorium, Wiener believes that it has “outlived its usefulness.” Campos, however, believes that original concerns about public drunkenness and crime are still relevant today, and has been holding meetings to consider potential amendments to the moratorium.
Wiener is in favor of reducing the minimum allowable living space to relieve pressure on the housing market, while Campos is concerned with maintaining livability in confined areas.
Campos argues that the Affordable Housing Trust Fund on the November ballot, while necessary, doesn’t go far enough. Wiener is more optimistic that the measure will push the private sector to meet market-rate housing demands.
“How do we keep San Francisco on this trajectory of attracting young people, keeping young people here to have real diversity of generations in the city?” Wiener asked. “Are we making sure we’re culturally having enough to keep people wanting to be in the city, and that we’re actually helping businesses open and thrive?”
While both supervisors are striving to address what they see as the Mission’s needs, their differing platforms and controversial measures will ultimately be in the hands of voters.
Campos is running unopposed this November — Wiener’s seat isn’t up this year — but both will continue to face the challenges of an urban neighborhood that is adapting to new realities.
“You have an obligation to have your finger on the pulse of a neighborhood … that you continue to monitor issues because there are changes that happen all the time,” Campos said. “It’s a nice problem that so many people want to live in the Mission. It’s a better problem than having empty storefronts, but with that benefit comes a number of other challenges.”