Mayor London N. Breed: Leading San Francisco in a Time of Crisis
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Mayor London Breed was re-elected to be the Mayor of San Francisco just months before the halting of much of the world's economy and the outbreak of a global pandemic. She is leading San Francisco during unprecedented times and her decisions are having real world consequences for the life and well-being of us all.
Tune in to hear her in conversation with Manny's and to ask her your questions during this time our City's history.
More about Mayor Breed:
Mayor Breed is working to create a more equitable and just San Francisco for all. Since becoming Mayor in July 2018, she has focused on helping the city’s homeless population into care and shelter, including opening nearly 600 new shelter beds in less than two years. To make San Francisco more affordable in a time of increased housing costs, she is focused on adding more housing for low- and middle-income residents by streamlining bureaucracy and cutting permitting times while also investing more than $1 billion in affordable housing, including moving forward a $600 million affordable housing bond. She has added mental health stabilization beds and authored conservatorship legislation as part of her initiative to help those suffering from mental health and substance use disorder on San Francisco’s streets.
To ensure that all San Franciscans have access to a thriving economy, she has invested in workforce development opportunities for local residents, including her Opportunities for All initiative, which is providing more than 4,000 paid internships for youth to prepare for their future careers.
Mayor Breed has pushed to make San Francisco a cleaner and safer city by expanding street cleaning and increasing police foot patrols in order to stabilize areas of need. She is committed to furthering San Francisco’s leadership in combating climate change by pushing ambitious environmental goals, including transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2030.
Mayor Breed served for six years on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, including three years as President of the Board. During her time on the Board, Mayor Breed passed legislation to create more housing along transit corridors and prioritize residents for affordable housing opportunities in their communities. She helped to reform the City’s emergency response systems, secured funding for San Francisco’s homelessness support network, and enacted the strongest Styrofoam ban in the country. She also worked to implement the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program to rehabilitate and preserve thousands of long-neglected units of permanently affordable housing.
Prior to being elected by voters in an historic June 2018 election and winning re-election for a full four-year term in November 2019, Mayor Breed served as Acting Mayor, guiding and leading San Francisco following the sudden and tragic passing of Mayor Edwin M. Lee. Before her election as Supervisor, Mayor Breed served as Executive Director of the African American Art & Culture Complex in the Western Addition for more than over a decade, transforming the center into a vital, financially-stable community resource that provides after school arts and cultural programs for youth and seniors. She also served as a San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commissioner for five years and in 2010 was appointed by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom to be a San Francisco Fire Commissioner, where she served until her election to the Board of Supervisors.
She is a native San Franciscan, raised by her grandmother in Plaza East Public Housing in the Western Addition. She graduated with honors from Galileo High School and attended the University of California, Davis, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Public Service. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.
About Manny's Super Civic Cyber Conversations:
San Francisco and the surrounding 5 counties are in the midst of mandated shelter-in-place. All businesses except those deemed essential are closed and many Bay Area residents and scared, nervous, and wondering about the future.
Manny's, a civic gathering and events space located in the heart of San Francisco, is rising to the occasion to create and promote a month's worth of live civic conversations to distribute needed information, give people the hope, and continue to civically engage the public in a time of need.
Manny's was opened on election night 2018 to create a physical place for people to go to become better informed and more involved citizens. Since opening we've hosted 17 of the Presidential candidates, over 550 civic events, talks, and gatherings, over 40 members of Congress including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and leaders across different social justice movements like Alicia Garza, Jose Antonio Vargas, Michael Brune, Cleve Jones, and Gabby Giffords.
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