Today London Breed is being sworn in as mayor of San Francisco and that’s a big deal and a historical moment in the ever progressive city’s history. It’s historical because Breed, who managed to beat out her opponent, Mark Leno in last spring’s election is the first African American woman to hold the post of SF Mayor. Breed grew up in San Francisco in public housing and credits her grandmother's "tough" love for instilling a strong work ethic in her. Major issues Breed will have to tackle are homelessness, rampant drug use on city streets and the housing issue that’s plaguing the city since the recent tech boom. Issues Breed says she ready to take on:
"I want to work with members of the board. I want to work with others to address these issues. And it's going to take time and it's going to take patience. I'm committed to doing what's necessary to get us to a better place," Breed said.
The ceremony will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Center in front of the City Hall steps at 11 a.m. The ceremony is open to the public with 1,000 first - come - first serve basis. Seats are slowly filling up by locals ready to witness this historic moment in person. The ceremony will be attended by former SF Mayors Willie Brown and California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. Brown over saw the planning of the ceremony as the Chairman of the Inaugural Committee for Breed and Newsom will deliver the inauguration speech.
London Breed practicing her speech before being sworn in as San Francisco’s Mayor. pic.twitter.com/oUzwcr2YFm— Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) July 11, 2018
London Breed's inauguration as SF mayor happens soon and workers are making last minute preparations for the ceremony. pic.twitter.com/bKPsgwmKFZ— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) July 11, 2018
Fun fact, the official voice of the San Francisco Giants, Renel Brooks-Moon, will be the Mistress of Ceremony. Brooks-Moon tweeted about how honored she feels to be able to take a part of the ceremony:
This is actually the second time Breed will taking the oath after she Mayor Ed Lee's death and she became interim Mayor. Breed will be only the second woman to hold the post of San Francisco's Mayor after U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. Forty years ago Feinstein took office after the assassination of Mayor George Moscone. Breed will have to run again in 2019 if she wants a full four year term.
The ceremony is expected to last an hour and will be followed by a meet and greet from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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