Thousands of people appeared on Wednesday morning at the Civic Center Plaza for the inauguration of London Breed as the 45th mayor of San Francisco. They came to see the rise of the first African-American who led the city
"London Breed means so much to the black community, we had to be here," said Renita Mason, who arrived hours earlier to join her sister Paula To take a seat. "It's like history for us," said Paula.
The day began with the sun trying to push through a thick cloud cover, but when it was time for Breed to greet the crowd, she came out of the town hall to a bright blue sky, accompanied by a thundering lion dance performed by martial arts studio Yau Kung Moon
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"I'm excited about the future "About what we want Because on this day we are determined to roll up our sleeves and work together," says Breed.
It takes over the helm of San Francisco at a crucial juncture where the city is struggling with a protracted homelessness crisis, garbage -strict roads, a serious housing shortage and a growing income gap, all but the wealthiest residents to settle the price threatening.
In response, Breed has committed to putting quality of life issues at the top of their list of priorities, swearing to tackle the problem of the homeless, freeing mental disorders and drug addiction, cleaning up camps and reducing the bureaucracy that keeps the city from doing more Build apartments faster. To this end, she has taken up the ambitious goal of the late Lord Mayor Ed Lee to build at least 5,000 housing units per year.
When she demanded the production of more housing, she said that those who were against change needed their own
"The policy of" no "has plagued our city for far too long -" not in my block not in my backyard. "We have made mistakes in the past by not promoting housing production everywhere in this city, and I intend to change the policy of No to Yes," said the new mayor. "Yes, we will build more apartments."
She also called for a larger police force, but one coupled with investment in social programs that reduce crime by improving communities through education and staff development. And on the subject of immigration, said: "We do not put children in cages, we put them in the classroom," a line that provokes the biggest applause of the morning.
She often returned to her campaign theme of being mayor of all – citing residents of social housing, immigrant families, small business owners and the city's struggling middle class – and repeating "I will fight for you and I will also be your mayor."
Auditor Audrey Groomes, After the mayor's speech, he sang a performance of the famous gospel song "Oh Happy Day". The moving part of the speech was Breed's appeal to the unit to address the city's problems.
"Nobody can do it all alone, if you do not have the support of everyone around you, it will not happen," Groomes said. "We have to clean this city and find apartments for people, period."
"She is a rainbow mayor, a mayor for all," said Seann Jackson.
"She reminded me of Martin Luther King Jr. – she has a dream for San Francisco," said Katie Hamilton. "We can achieve a lot by working together, this is a historic day that will be remembered for a long time."
Prior to the swearing in, Pastor Amos C. Brown of the Third Baptist Church, who is arm in arm with Rabbi Beth Singer of the Congregation Emanu-El, made a powerful appeal to confront race and president Trump – 45th President of the 45th Mayor of Breed – said Trump would watch over the NATO summit he visited overseas.
"I trust from the bottom of my heart that No. 45 will see this ceremony from Brussels. I will see how we behave and love each other and should not take our children away from their parents," said Brown, pointing to them recent practice of separation of immigrant families.
"We show and say that we have voted the right number 45," said Brown, his booming, gritty voice echoing
During the 6-month campaign to complete Lee's tenure, on the On December 12, when she died of a heart attack, Breed maintained her own achievements as a beacon for others, especially young people. Consequences. Her life, which began in a housing project in the Western Addition, gave her a unique perspective on how to attract the most oppressed.
"Together we can build a San Francisco where the next generation of young people can go from public housing to the mayor's office," she said in her speech.
Breed got her start in politics during the re-election campaign of Mayor Willie Brown in 1999, which persuaded her to accept the Executive Director's job. In 2002, she won the District Five seat on the Board of Supervisors and won the 2015 Presidency.
This is Breed's second trip to Room 200, the mayor's office. After Lee's death, Breed – as president of the board of supervisors – became interim mayor. However, her senior colleagues on the board changed her with District Two Supervisor Mark Farrell, who said one person should not hold the dual posts of board president and mayor.
Farrell did not want the mayor's office in the June election, saying that he will not stand for full term in November 2019 and that he supports Breed's re-election next year.
As for Breed, "I will definitely seek a re-election," she said
Inauguration day, former Artagnos mayor Art Agnos said before the ceremony, "is probably the funniest and most honorable day You realize that you are the mayor of one of the largest, if not the largest, city in the world, and you feel humble and grateful for the opportunity to serve. "
Dominic Fracassa is an associate of the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @dominicfracassa