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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of San DiegoCandidate for City Council, District 2

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Jennifer Campbell

Medical Doctor/Professor
32,439 votes (50.8%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Implement nationally proven programs to reduce homelessness.
  • Improve housing availability for all San Diegans.
  • Protect our beaches and bays and safeguard their access.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Medical Doctor and Professor
Professor of Integrative Medicine, Pacific College (2006–2017)
Practicing Physician - Family Medicine, Various (1983–2017)
Delegate, San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee — Elected position (2008–2012)
Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, University of Pittsburgh (1992–2003)

Education

University of Pittsburgh Doctor of Medicine (1980)
University of Pittsburgh Bachelors of Science, Biology (1977)

Community Activities

Executive Board Member, Clairemont Town Council (2014–2017)
Elected Member, Executive Board Member, Fundraising Chair, San Diego County Democratic Party (2008–2012)
Executive Board Member and Interim Director, The Human Dignity Foundation (2005–2008)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Congressman Scott Peters
  • California State Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins
  • Assemblyman Todd Gloria

Organizations (5)

  • San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council
  • Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Equality California
  • The Victory Fund
  • Run Women Run

Elected Officials (3)

  • Congressman Juan Vargas
  • San Diego City Councilman Chris Ward
  • The Honorable Christine Kehoe (Former State Senator)

Questions & Answers

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters of San Diego (5)

Should the Community Review Board on Police Practices be given subpoena power when reviewing allegations of officer misconduct? Why or why not?    
Answer from Jennifer Campbell:

If we are going to ask our community members to be part of a Review Board on Police Practices, we must give them agency to have their voice respected by the City Attorney, the Police department, and those who are bringing complaints. Subpoena power allows this and would create an avenue for exploration of how our officers serve all our communities in San Diego.  

Should the city eliminate minimum parking requirements for new housing near public transit? Why or why not?
Answer from Jennifer Campbell:

A complete elimination of minimum parking requirements is an unrealistic goal given how the City of San Diego, the Metropolitan Transit System, and the San Diego Association of Governments have invested in transit infrastructure. Fortunately, the ascension of Georgette Gomez to Chair of MTS represents a change in leadership that will prioritize more mobility options and lessen our reliance on cars as the sole means of transportation for so many San Diegans. As we continue to invest in a more comprehensive transit network, we will be more able to require less of our public spaces for parking.

Would you support a tax increase that would fund housing and services to the homeless? Why or why not?
Answer from Jennifer Campbell:

Raising the Transient Occupancy Tax to dedicate funding for both housing and homeless services has shown overwhelming public support and will assist San Diego in helping our homeless population off of the streets. The County Regional Task Force on the Homeless is already implementing a nationally proven, evidence based program that has shown 90% effectiveness in places as diverse as the state of Utah and the city of Houston. I want to ensure that the City of San Diego does our part to resolve this regional issue instead of spending money on a redundant intake center and expensive, supposedly temporary, tents that have become a permanent patchwork solution.

Do you support increasing housing density in your council district? Why or why not?
Answer from Jennifer Campbell:

I am ready to stand for projects that meet the guidelines of the community plans that have been approved in my district and, with the Midway plan in the near future, find ways to create new mixed use developments that exemplify what San Diego needs to stay a world class city.

San Diego needs to create more housing units throughout the city, but our search for more units will be hamstrung without new infrastructure to meet the demand. Trying to push more people into neighborhoods where arterial roads, like Rosecrans Blvd, already suffer tremendous impact without improving our transit network is detrimental for both new and long standing residents.

Do you support either of the plans on the November ballot that would sell the Mission Valley stadium site? Why or why not?
Answer from Jennifer Campbell:

This space in Mission Valley represents a tremendous opportunity for our city and the best chance to expand a great civic resource like SDSU, rehabilitate the San Diego river, and create a new destination center, but our city should not be limited to two choices on the November ballot.

Currently we are stuck with two sides that are looking for sole right to negotiate with the city and the closed door discussions and negotiations so far have subverted our public right to transparency.  Our city council could have issued a request for proposal and begun an open process to consider a multitude of options.

San Diego State University, FS investors, and anyone else who has creative ideas for this public asset, should go through the regular public process where all citizens, land use and environmental experts, and city officials can weigh in.   

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