London Breed sworn in as San Francisco’s first Black female mayor
'The politics of ‘no’ has plagued our city for far too long — I plan to change the politics of ‘no’ to the politics of ‘yes’
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newson administers the oath of office to London Breed, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at City Hall in San Francisco, Photo by Tony Bear!
‘I am excited about the future, about what we will accomplish, because… we are committed to rolling up our sleeves and working together’
SAN FRANCISCO (MNS) – This City by the Bay now has its first Black female mayor. London Breed was sworn in Wednesday as the first Black female chief executive in San Francisco’s 242-year history.
The San Francisco native succeeds Mayor Ed Lee, whose death in December 2017 prompted a special election last month for a replacement to serve the remainder of his term.
After taking the oath, Breed spoke on the social problems facing San Franciscans, and how coming together is the only way to make change.
“I am excited about the future, about what we will accomplish, because on this day, we are committed to rolling up our sleeves and working together,” Breed said.
Breed, 43, won more first-place votes than any other candidate running in the June primary. The election was the first time in San Francisco that voters elected a new mayor using the ranked-choice format.
Breed, who previously served as San Francisco Board of Supervisors president for three years, thanked her colleagues for their dedication and vowed to continue working with them in her new role.
“You can’t please everyone. Not everyone is going to like you, not everyone is going to do what you want them to do,” Breed said at her final meeting with the group on Tuesday.
“And what I noticed about this board, and what made me so proud to be a part of it is, we stand our ground, we do what we think is best and we try to fight for the people we represent,” Breed said.
San Francisco has one of the smallest Black populations among major U.S. cities, with just about 6 percent of its 884,363 population accounting for its Black residents.
San Francisco is the fourth-most populous city in California and the 13th-most populous in the U.S. The consolidated city-county is also the fifth most densely populated U.S. county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. As of 2016, it was the 7th highest-income county in the U.S., with a per capita personal income of $110,418.
San Francisco was founded on June 29, 1776, when colonists from Spain established Presidio of San Francisco at the Golden Gate and Mission San Francisco de Asis a few miles away, all named for St. Francis of Assisi.