The Latest: San Francisco mayor-elect visits her old school
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on San Francisco’s new mayor-elect (all times local):
London Breed formally declared victory as San Francisco’s mayor-elect at the elementary school where she got into her first fight and made life-long friends.
Her speech was part love letter to the community and part outline of what she promised to do as mayor of a city that has shed much of its African American population.
Breed was raised by her grandmother in city public housing.
She promised to build more housing so people wouldn’t have to move to cheaper cities. She vowed to improve opportunities for the next generation of kids. She emphasized that San Francisco would remain a sanctuary for people living in the country illegally.
Several hundred supporters packed the auditorium of Rosa Parks Elementary School.
San Francisco’s incoming mayor, London Breed, knows the yawning gap between rich and poor firsthand. She was raised by her grandmother in the city’s drug- and violence-riddled projects.
Now it’s her job to try to unite San Francisco, a city unsettled by the high-tech boom.
Breed won last week’s mayoral contest, becoming the first black woman elected to lead San Francisco.
The city’s dot-com economy has sent the median price of a home soaring to $1.3 million and worsened homelessness.