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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 80-2020Short Term

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David Alvarez

Small Business Owner
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Make our kids' education a top priority and gets kids back on track after over a year of distance learning.
  • Address rising crime in our neighnorhoods.
  • Help the homeless get off the street and provide mental health services for those in need.



Profession:Small Business Owner
CEO & Chief Strategist, Causa Consulting (2018–current)
Councilmember - District 8, San Diego City Council — Elected position (2010–2018)
Board Member, San Diego Metropolitan Transit Service — Appointed position (2011–2018)
Authority Member, San Diego International Airport — Appointed position (2013–2016)
Legislative Aide, Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny - California State Senate (2005–2010)


California State University, Sacramento Capital Fellow Program, Graduate Level Seminars, Legislative and Policy Analysis (2004)
San Diego State University Bachelor of Arts - Summa Cum Laude with Distinction, Psychology (2002)

Community Activities

Founder and Host Committee, Latino Equity Council (2020–current)
Board Member, Circulate San Diego (2019–current)
Director, Kim Center for Social Equity (2018–current)
Director, SIMNSA Health Foundation (2017–current)
Founding Board, San Diego Coffee Institute (2016–current)


David Alvarez is small business owner. David started Causa Consulting after 15 years of successful government service including eight years as an elected official as San Diego City Councilmember. He has served as a member of major San Diego public organizations including the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, San Diego Association of Governments, Metropolitan Transit System. He also served on the Board of the League of Cities’ Latino Caucus and the national Board of Local Progress.


David proudly advocated on behalf of the underserved in San Diego. He has made economic and environmental justice a priority for all communities. David led the efforts to annually increase investment in the city’s arts and culture programming during his time on the City Council. Among David’s proudest achievements are the building of major infrastructure projects like Cesar Solis Park, a new library branch in San Ysidro, and updating of community plans in Southeast San Diego, Otay Mesa, and San Ysidro and the revitalization of Barrio Logan. David was the champion of the “Save San Diego High” campaign where voters approved Measure I allowing San Diego High School to remain at its current location. David also successfully created one of the first-and only-Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts in California and led on Measure O approved in 2018 allowing the issuance of bonds to accelerate the funding of critical infrastructure projects in Otay Mesa.


David has been an advocate in Sacramento, Washington DC and in Mexico to move forward other projects such as the San Ysidro Port of Entry Modernization, the Cross Border Xpress and to increase Customs and Border Protection personnel for land, sea and air Ports of Entry. David worked closely with three city of Tijuana administrations, two Baja California Governors and with several cities in Mexico including Tecate, Los Cabos, Leon, and Rosarito. David is proud to maintain strong relationships and frequently collaborates with his former Mexican colleagues who are now in local, state and federal elected office. In addition to these binational efforts, David has led bi-partisan efforts to eliminate regulations and unnecessary bureaucracies and assisted in settling major disputes such as the De La Fuente lawsuit, the largest and longest running legal case in city history.


David was born and raised in Barrio Logan. He and his wife Xochitl, a successful educator, are raising their daughter and son in the community they grew up in hoping they learn the value of hard work, community and strong moral character. David volunteers on the Board of Kim Center for Gender Equity, Camarada, the San Diego Coffee Training Institute, Circulate San Diego and the PTA and Xochitl volunteers countless hours leading the Logan/Sherman Girl Scouts Troop and with a YMCA soccer team.

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