SF Mayor London Breed – Surrounding herself with law enforcement loyalists

Lee Heidhues – 6.22.2022

This morning I read the news that San Francisco Mayor London Breed tested positive for Covid – 19.  What really grabbed my attention is Breed’s spokesperson PARISA SAFARZADEH. A position which she has held since last month.

Parisa Safarzadeh

As a zealous follower of all things San Francisco, particularly with the successful Mayoral backed Coup d’etat against District Attorney Chesa Boudin, I am familiar with the Mayor’s media team.

Safarzadeh’s appointment as  Mayor Breed’s media public face comes close on the heels of the appointment of former SFPD PR flak Matt Dorsey to fill a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

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Interim Mayoral appointee – former SFPD flak and now Supervisor Matt Dorsey

These two appointments raise the issue of how much Mayor Breed is surrounding herself with people whose close alliegance and experience with law enforcement is well documented.

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DA Candidate Chesa Boudin on the steps of SF Hall of Justice – 2019

This is troubling, particularly since Breed has successfully removed a Progressive District Attorney – Chesa Boudin who brought balance to San Francisco City Hall’s increasing law and order administration.

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Mayor Breed ponders what she has wrought as she looks out from the steps of City Hall

I did a bit of sleuthing. It took a couple of minutes. Ms. Safarzadeh has a robust Linkedin profile.

  • Harris County Texas Sheriff’s Office – Social Media Manager – 2012-16; 2017-18
  • Nextdoor – Social Media Manager – 2018-19
  • Nextdoor – Communications for Public Agencies 2019-20

  • Deputy Director Information Dissemination & Analysis – SF  COVID Joint Information Center 2021-22
  • Media Unit Lead – Joint Information Center 2022

In Ms. Safarzadeh’s Linkedin profile is another accolade.

  • Trailblazer Award – Women in Law Enforcement Symposium