Two days after being on the losing end of a vote in a Board of Supervisors committee hearing, Supervisor David Campos passionately blamed the political shift at City Hall.
“The climate has changed in City Hall," Campos said, during a speech Saturday at Supervisor John Avalos' official opening of his campaign headquarters for his mayoral run. "We need to make sure that City Hall goes back to the people. We have a climate at City Hall where the corporate interests are dictating what happens. The people of the city and county of San Francisco are no longer being fully represented in that building.”
A day before, Campos was unable to convince his colleagues on the board’s Government Audit and Oversight Committee to forward, to the full board, his legislation that would close a loophole in the groundbreaking Health Security Ordinance -- which was approved in 2006 and praised for providing health benefits for the uninsured.
A report found that a group of businesses complied with the law by setting up spending accounts per worker. But if the funds are not accessed in a year, they are returned to the company. Campos said this “use it or loose it” provision is defrauding customers and undermining the universal health care program. “We found that 80 percent, 80 cents of the dollar is money that is never spent on the worker. We are talking about $50 million that should have gone to providing basic health care to workers and their families,” Campos said.
On Tuesday, Campos employed a rarely utilized legislative rule that allows a supervisor to pull legislation from a committee to being it to the full board. It takes four board member signatures. Campos’ maneuver was supported by Supervisors John Avalos, Eric Mar and Ross Mirkarimi.
This sets the full board up for a vote on the legislation this Tuesday. The proposal is being opposed by business advocacy groups, including the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association.
“We’re talking about a very important issue that is very time sensitive and because of that I believe it’s important for us to have the matter heard by the entirety of the board,” Campos said on Tuessday.