Mayor London Breed/ “A new Mayoral Breed to Represent the City of San Francisco”

The torch for San Francisco, California Mayor was passed on to London Breed, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors following the untimely death of Mayor Ed Lee. Breed assumed the acting role of Mayor of San Francisco on December 12, 2017 according to the city charter.

While Breed was identified early on as a viable candidate to replace Lee at the expiration of his second term, the transition unexpectantly occurred months before the regularly scheduled Mayoral election which was set to take place in 2019. Several others had expressed interest as future candidates but Breed’s recent appointment which places her in the City’s top position will remain in place unless the eleven member board chooses another candidate to serve until the upcoming June 2018 election. The elected candidate will serve out Lee’s term through January 2020. The deadline for candidates to submit their paperwork to the City’s election department for the June special election has expired, producing eight candidates in total, including Breed who registered her candidacy. The list includes both experienced candidates as well as some newcomers. Breed continues to evoke her personal history into her candidacy setting her apart from the others.

So who is London Nicole Breed? Perhaps one of the most watched and talked about politicians on the West Coast for what will be a highly televised and followed race. Breed is San Francisco’s first African American female to hold this position. She is a native of San Francisco having grown up in San Francisco’s Plaza East public housing in the Western Addition Community, where she was raised by her grandmother. Breed is a lifelong community leader with an impressive lists of accolades and legislative actions to include; passing drug takeback legislation to keep loads of medical waste out of landfills and waterways; passing legislation to increase housing along transit routes; passing an overhaul of the City’s graffiti policies which led to legislation allowing the San Francisco City Attorney to pursue civil damages against graffiti taggers, instead of solely relying on criminal prosecutions to punish taggers; passing legislation to increase housing production along transit corridors; passing the strongest Styrofoam ban in the country; rehabilitating unused public housing for homeless families; and spearheading a clean electrical energy program to cut CO2.

She currently represents Alamo Square, Cole Valley, Haight Ashbury, Inner Sunset Neighborhoods, Hayes Valley, Japantown, Lower Haight and North of Panhandle in District 5. Breeds election as District 5 Supervisor marked the first time in San Francisco history that a challenger unseated a district supervisor. Breed catapulted to the role of President of the Board in 2015 and unanimously being re-elected to a second term in 2017 all following her initial election to the Board in November 2012 and her inauguration in January 2013. While City Supervisor Breed was instrumental in helping create more affordable housing throughout San Francisco by passing zoning regulations and increasing affordable housing requirements. She has been a strong advocate for formula retail controls, housing projects and public housing. As President Breed holds the city’s largest legislative job having oversight and responsibility for a managing a $10-billion dollar budget. Breed’s top issues were development, public safety, environmental health, and public transportation. Breed was elected by a unanimous vote defeating Supervisor David Campos. Prior to her District 5 election Breed served as Executive Director of the African American Art and Culture Complex. As Executive Director, Breed secured in excess of $2.5 million dollars to renovate the 34,000 square foot space. Breed also worked for the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commission and was later appointed by Mayor Newsom to serve on the San Francisco Fire Commission. Breed is an honors graduate of Galileo High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Service with a minor in African American Studies from the University of California, Davis in 1997. Breed went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco in 2012. Breed’s collective accomplishments certainly establishes her as a real Trendsetter. We applaud Breed for her exemplary record, commitment to the City and citizens of San Francisco and wish her well in the upcoming election.

 

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