John Avalos

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John Avalos was married to Karen Zapata, but the couple separated after Avalos' affair with his legislative assistant Raquel Redondiez.

Early career

John Avalos worked as an organizer for Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth in San Francisco's Excelsior District, and on the Justice for Janitors Campaign for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1877. Avalos worked as an educator and counselor for the Columbia Park Boys and Girls Club, Mission Neighborhood Health Center, and San Francisco Conservation Corps.For four years before being elected to the Board of Supervisors, Avalos was a legislative aide for supervisor Chris Daly.

Anti Wal-Mart

April 2011, Gordon Mar, was leading the protest against Wal-Mart.

He and a few dozen supporters, including Supervisors John Avalos and David Campos, gathered to let the big-box retail chain know it isn’t welcome in San Francisco.

“Now we’re the only place where they can expand their race-to-the- bottom model,” said Gordon Mar, coordinator with Jobs with Justice San Francisco and a resident of the Sunset District.[1]

Occupy SF/Elected Officials

Police called off a raid that had apparently been planned for pre-dawn hours on Thursday, Oct. 27. Supervisors John Avalos, David Chiu, Jane Kim and Eric Mar, along with state Senator Leland Yee, were at the encampment in Justin Herman Plaza.[2]

Save City College rally

Eric Mar September 4, 2012.


With John Avalos, Gordon Mar, Emily Murase, Chris Jackson, John Rizzo, Conny Ford and Norman Yee.

Protest of UCSF Layoffs

Press release April 3, 2013

CONTACT: Todd Stenhouse

Yee, Avalos, Mar & Other Leaders To Join UC Workers at Thursday Protest of UCSF Layoffs

San Francisco: On Thursday, April 4th, State Senator Leland Yee, Supervisor John Avalos and Supervisor Eric Mar will join labor leaders, patients, and hospital workers to highlight growing concerns about the UC Medical system and to protest the recent elimination of 300 jobs at UCSF Medical Center. The protest will take place at UCSF’s Parnassus Campus.

Who: Elected Leaders, UC Workers, Patients and other Civic Leaders, including:

  • What: Rally and Protest of UCSF Medical Center Layoffs
  • Where: UCSF Parnassus Campus, 505 Parnassus Ave.
  • When: Thursday, April 4, 2013, 11:15 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

“Both at UCSF, and across the UC Medical system, misguided management priorities are putting providers at risk and degrading the quality of patient care,” said AFSCME 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger. “That’s why we are coming together to demand safe staffing for UC patients, and basic fairness to the frontline care workers who devote their lives to our families, friends, and communities.” [3]

Local Progress


Steve Phillips October 26, 2013.

At Local Progress, convening (national network of progressive local elected officials). San Fran is in the house! — with John Avalos and Eric Mar at Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill.


Center for Popular Democracy would like to thank everyone who made October’s 2016 joint CPD-ACCE gala a huge success! Over 175 guests packed the room at Impact Hub in Oakland to support CPD and ACCE and to celebrate this year’s inspiring honorees: Laphonza Butler, president of SEIU Local 2015, Guillermo Mayer, president and CEO of Public Advocates, and John Avalos, San Francisco District 11 board of supervisors members and Local Progress board chair.

We would like to give a special shout out to our major sponsors, CFT, Josh Pesdchtalt, SEIU Local 2015, SEIU International, Susan Sandler and Steve Phillips, Rigo Valdez of UFCW 770, and the [San Francisco Foundation]. Your support ensures that the values of equity, opportunity and a dynamic democracy become national priorities.[4]

Progressive aid

Jeremy Pollock bikes to work as a Legislative Aide to Supervisor John Avalos and has been deeply involved in SF bike and transportation policy for the last four years. He wrote the first drafts of the Bike Yield and Employee Bike Access ordinances, and worked with the SFBC to develop the Unclaimed Bikes ordinance.

In addition to being immersed in bike culture, he brings ties to the City’s political and art scenes. On the steering committee of the San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters, he has helped write and distribute their voter guides since 2004. He plays guitar and sings with the Beauty Operators String Band and serves on the board of the San Francisco Institute of Possibility, which organizes large-scale interactive art events. [5]

Immigration protest

Eric Mar, November 30, 2016.


With Terry Valen, John Avalos and Angelica Cabande at San Francisco City Hall.

Mario Yedidia event

Chelsea Boilard March 18, 2016 ·


With Andrea Lee, Antonio Diaz, Mario Yedidia, John Avalos, Emily Ja-ming Lee and Adam Gold.

Chelsea Boilard March 18, 2016 ·


With Alisa Messer, Kimberly Alvarenga and John Avalos.

Chinese Progressive Association 40th anniversary

On August 4th 2012 to celebrate Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco)'s 40th Anniversary. CPA was proud to honor the National Guestworkers Alliance and New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice, the Free MUNI for Youth Coalition, and Jobs with Justice San Francisco.

Host Committee:

Rolland Lowe and Kathy LoweGrace Lee BoggsJosue Arguelles • Supervisor John AvalosAngelica Cabande • Supervisor David CamposMike Casey • Supervisor David ChiuAntonio Diaz • Reverend Norman FongConny FordMaria GuillenAlicia GarzaRoger Kim • Supervisor Jane KimHelen KimJee KimMario Lugay • Supervisor Eric MarGordon MarAlisa MesserLuke Newton • Supervisor Christina OlagueVincent PanTim PaulsonAi-jen PooRaquel RedondiezPeggy SaikaShiree TengMakani Themba-NixonHelena WongMiya Yoshitani[6]

POWER to the People's Convention

Eric Mar July 10, 2016.


POWER to the People's Convention in Pittsburgh! An INSPIRED thank you to the Center for Popular Democracy/Local Progress, Make the Road, WORKING FAMILIES PARTY!, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), SEIU 32BJ, and so many others! — with Brad Lander, Helen Gym, Nikki Fortunato Bas, John Avalos, Tarsi Dunlop, Sarah Johnson and Ady Barkan at Center for Popular Democracy.

Honoring the life and work of John Ross


Honoring the life and work of John Ross at Cafe la Boheme San Francisco, on the fifth anniversary of his death. He wanted "Never learned to be a prisoner," to be etched on his grave. Then, in a characteristic twist, his will expressed his desire to be cremated and have his friends spread his ashes from the window a moving #14 Mission St. bus. As a first person witness/participant, I can attest this — with Nancy Charraga Corlay, Jeff Conant, Laboheme Awad, John Avalos, Phil Hutchings, Fernando Marti, Tony Ryan and Carolina Dutton. Jason Wallach January 18, 2016.

Standing for AD 17

In 2019 John Avalos stood from AD 17 for the California Democratic Party Central Committee.

My name is John Avalos. I am running for a seat on the California Democratic Party Assembly District 17 as a member of the Reform Democrats for Labor and Equity slate.
As a 3rd generation Mexican American from a labor household, I have always seen the Democratic Party as the party for working people. I am a child of the 60s and the party was at the center of the legislative advances in Civil Rights, the Great Society and the War on Poverty.
I have lived in San Francisco since January 1989. I’ve spent all my years here as a grassroots community, labor organizer, in the struggle for justice and greater opportunities for youth and families of color and hard-working union janitors and healthcare workers in the Bay Area. I am currently a union representative with the National Union of Healthcare Workers.
I am also a local politician who has served two terms on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing District 11 neighborhoods like the Excelsior and Lakeview. As a Supervisor, I worked collaboratively with my colleagues on all sides at City Hall to balance city budgets and pass legislation on every major issue of concern to working people seeking a more just, inclusive and egalitarian society.

I am running for the California Democratic Party and its Executive Committee to bring my vast experience fighting for social justice to the state level. Californians need single payer healthcare, free public college tuition, women’s and LGBT rights, immigrant rights and racial justice, affordable housing, strong labor unions, climate justice and radical reforms to policing and the justice system. I have spent years giving voice to the aspirants of these issues which I hope to champion at highest levels of the state party..[7]