January 30.2019 by Lee Heidhues
Leesperspectives attended San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s first “State of the City Address” at the new National LGBTQ Center for the Arts at 170 Valencia Street. An historic Art Deco building.
The massive hall was packed with a veritable who’s who of City political life. Former Mayor Willie Brown, still a major presence and mentor to the new Mayor, was in the front row.
Mayor Breed, born and raised in the nearby Western Addition housing projects, was beaming as she gave her first annual address to a packed and enthusiastic gathering.
The 30-minute talk was straight forward, no nonsense and laced with tales of the City and her goal to improve the quality of life here.
The Mayor, obviously proud of The City, cited a list of her accomplishments and goals in the coming year.
Foremost on Mayor Breed’s all-inclusive list are humane policies for dealing with the homeless, clean streets, safe streets and affordable housing.
The Mayor specifically mentioned a 5.8MM budget item to provide for legal assistance to San Francisco’s tenant population faced with displacement via eviction.
The Mayor gave a shout out to several San Franciscans who currently play a role in State and Federal government; Gavin Newsom, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi and Kamala Harris.
The Mayor, to raucous cheers, reminded the crowd, “Senator Harris could be the next President of the United States.”
Photo: Lee Heidhues