Editor’s note: This column is one of a series of biweekly conversations with District 9 Supervisor David Campos addressing issues and events in the Mission. If you have questions for Campos, send an email to missionlocal@gmail.com.

Mission Local: Wednesday was a national day of action to support immigration reform, which is being debated in Washington, D.C. What specifically would you like to see in an immigration reform bill?

David Campos: We have been working with the people who are focusing on this at the national level. We also introduced a resolution with the Board of Supervisors calling for comprehensive reform that includes the LGBT community, for example. We address the fact that there are many LBGT couples that are separated unnecessarily because of the broken immigration system, and [want to make] sure that there is a path to citizenship [for them].

ML: What impacts would we see locally from national immigration reform?

DC: The lack of a comprehensive solution at the national level does impact what happens locally. It will have a very direct impact on undocumented people who live in the Mission and other parts of the city—whether or not they’re able to legalize their status, whether or not they can get work permits.

There is a lot happening. Health care reform will go into effect in a matter of months that doesn’t cover undocumented people. That’s an example of the absence of immigration reform. There’s also this so-called Secure Communities Program. My hope is that once there is comprehensive immigration reform, those kinds of efforts will go away. We won’t have to deal with the federal government making our police officers deal with these [things].

ML: There have been several violent incidents over the past few weeks in the Mission, including two homicides, two incidents on Muni and a shooting involving a police officer last weekend. What can you do in partnership with the police department in immediate response to these?

DC: The most important thing that I can do is to make sure that the police department has the resources it needs to do its job. We work very closely with them to make sure that we understand what happened, why it happened, that there is a proper response [in the] short term, but also [in the] long term. The main focus for me around the police department is making sure that we have enough police officers for the captain to have as much community policing as possible.

We also work with violence prevention workers to make sure we prevent crime before it happens. Every time there is a shooting, it’s very tragic. We are constantly working together to make sure there is no retaliation. We also talk about larger, long-term strategies: Do we have enough police on the street? Are we doing enough to prevent crime by working with our violence prevention workers?

Nothing is really more important to us. We have been on the phone and meeting constantly with the chief and captain the last few days. We called for a comprehensive hearing that will be happening in the near future at City Hall, so we can talk about what is happening—what is working, what isn’t working, what else can we do.

It takes a lot of things to prevent violence. It’s the precedence of after-school opportunities, internships, jobs—those are the kinds of things that we are focusing on.

ML: Do you think legislation along the lines of State Senator Mark Leno’s proposal to allow bars to stay open until 4 a.m. would open up the possibility of more incidents like the shooting of two men by a police officer last weekend?

DC: I don’t think we know [enough] about what happened to jump to conclusions. I don’t know that we know that it was people coming out of this particular bar.

What I believe in terms of the entertainment community is that most establishments are responsible and want to work with police. I support local jurisdictions having the option of extending hours. One thing that could happen is to allow different establishments to close at different times. But we have to see what actually took place here.

ML: Lastly, do you ever get out of San Francisco for a break from your work as supervisor, and if so, where do you enjoy going?

DC: From time to time we do try to do that. The main time for us to take vacation is during our legislative break, usually in August. I do love to travel and see new places, but obviously with this job I don’t have time to do this as much as I’d like. I have been to Asia, Europe and South America. From time to time, we might get away to wine country, but not as often as we’d like.

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  1. I sure hope that Supervisor Campos does something meaningful for The Mission during his last years as a Supe. I initially voted for him during his first run, but declined my vote to re-elect him during round 2. The Mission has some serious problems and is always so filthy. He needs to get back to his community by being more visible in reaching out and connecting to us more and more. Create Mission Clean-up Programs. Stop trying to rename the airport and pick up some trash on our streets. I feel he is just stepping all over us so that he can get to the State Assembly or some other lofty ambitions he has. He needs to follow the lead of John Avalos.

  2. Can you ask Campos why we can’t get a supermarket to move into the old Delano’s? It’s a magnet for graffiti and garbage. Give Trader Joe’s some of those Twitter Tax Breaks and I bet they would be happy to open up there.

  3. Ah Mission Local, the taxpayer funded ministry of propaganda for David Campos. When does your grant expire so you can go out of business and someone else can do real journalism here?

  4. Hopefully you take the lead on an important issue.

    Stop the issuance of new liquor licenses. The Polk St area and the North Beach neighborhood are trying to reduce the licenses to avoid the serious problems they are having.

  5. How can we push the quality of life and crime issues of the Mission up into Bernal Heights so you might actually do something about them, David?

  6. Campos cares primarily about illegal immigrants and his own political career. Hopefully our next supervisor will reduce crime and improve quality of life in the Mission.

  7. So in the years that Mr. Campos has been in office, has he done ANYTHING other than address the issue of immigration? Not that there is anything wrong with his focusing on this issue, but has he actually done ANYTHING for the district which he represents?

    The streets & sidewalks are still dirty, the gangs still reign with impunity, there has been amazingly little done to produce green areas. David, what the hell are your success stories? The Mission is waiting for your response.

  8. I love language, Campos is good at it, in a sleazy lawyer type of way.

    His buzz words and patterned speech around the illegal immigration issues make it sound like the federal government just discovered these laws and none of these people knew they came here illegally.

    Since the government just noticed these laws and the people who are here illegally never knew, I suppose we should just call it a day.

    Campos is a single issue politician, a lot like George Wallace was.

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