LONDON BREED IS SF'S NEW MAYOR
With about 250,000 ballots tallied, London Breed led former state Senator Mark Leno by 2,177 votes with only about 6,700 left to count. That lead was enough for Leno to give a concession speech Wednesday, in which he said Breed was a "remarkable young woman" (she's 43) "who will do a fine job as mayor." However, the rest of the votes must be counted and the results certified before she is sworn in, so the earliest Breed could take residence in Room 200 is July 10.
Breed addressed a group of around 200 supporters outside of City Hall Wednesday afternoon, saying “I am prepared to make sure that I do everything I can to work together, to bring the Board of Supervisors together, to bring everyone together for the purposes of solving our most challenging problems."
That note of unity is a wise one to strike, as it's been a contentious race, especially following a move by some members of the Board to bump Breed as acting mayor for Mark Farrell this January. When asked about Breed's win Tuesday, most Supes contacted said they were eager to begin again with her. Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who supported the move to oust Breed and who is rumored to be gunning for Breed's seat as BoS President, says "I think we're all mature enough to realize a divided mayor and Board of Supervisors is not helpful to anyone."
Locally, Breed was the self-described “most pro-housing” candidate in the race, saying “The housing crisis has grown visibly worse recently, but it is — at its core — the result of decades of bad housing policy in San Francisco and the Bay Area." For now, that means a plan to continue the late Mayor Ed Lee's commitment to build 5,000 units a year. She has also pledged to "be tough on tech outfits," supports a city vehicle licensing fee to raise money for transit, and has backed plans to raise taxes on commercial landlords.
Nationally, "It’s a really big deal that SF elected London Breed as mayor," the Chron (which endorsed Breed) says. As the first woman of color to be SF's mayor (and second woman, following Diane Feinstein), she's unique as "the mayors of the country’s 14 largest cities are men. All but three are white men." One of those white men is current SF mayor Mark Farrell, who might already be planning a return to the role -- as Breed's current term ends in January 2020, a partial one due to Lee's death, we'll be seeing another mayor's race next year.