SAN FRANCISCO — Mayor London Breed recently filed to run for re-election on November 5 while surrounded by family, friends and supporters.
“Since taking office less than a year ago, I have been working to make a difference on the most challenging issues facing our city, from housing affordability, to keeping our streets cleaner and safer, to helping our most vulnerable residents get the care and housing they so desperately need,” said Breed. “I am committed to building on what we have already accomplished so far to make San Francisco a more just and equitable city. We have a lot of work left to do but together there is nothing we can’t accomplish.”
Mayor Breed has quickly identified solutions to help those suffering mental health and substance use disorder on San Francisco’s streets and to provide more shelter for those living unhoused. This includes adding funding for over 200 new mental health stabilization beds; authoring conservatorship legislation to help those who are suffering from mental health and substance use issues and opening three navigation centers, with 412 beds – the fastest expansion of shelter beds in decades. She is also working to support innovative homelessness prevention and diversion programs to help prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place.
“Mayor Breed went to work immediately to tackle our homelessness crisis,” stated Tomiquia Moss, CEO of Hamilton Families. “In less than a year she has made incredible progress, helping more than 1,300 people exit homelessness and putting the City on track to create 1,000 new shelter beds by 2020.”
To address San Francisco’s severe housing shortage, Breed is working to speed up delivery of new housing and to eliminate the barriers and bureaucracy that get in the way of building new housing, especially affordable housing for low-income and middle-income residents.
To safeguard those who are most vulnerable to becoming homeless, Breed is protecting tenants and rent-controlled units though the city’s Small Sites Acquisition program, as well as providing subsidies for rent-burdened families and seniors. She has also led the effort to put the largest housing bond in the City’s history on the ballot this November.
“As a lifelong tenant herself, Mayor Breed understands firsthand the need for more affordable housing in our City,” stated Malcolm Yeung, deputy director, Chinatown Community Development Center.
“The $600 million housing bond on the November ballot invests in badly-needed affordable housing and will fund shovel ready projects that will deliver units quickly for those most in need.”
Upon taking office Breed has made cleaner, safer streets a priority, doubling the number of beat officers in the mid-Market neighborhood, adding Pit Stop bathrooms, Big Belly trash cans, and more street cleaning throughout the entire city. She has pushed for stepped-up enforcement against drug dealers, and expanded outreach by the Healthy Streets Operations Center.
Breed has also focused on addressing economic justice to make San Francisco a more equitable City. She launched Opportunities for All, a program that provides paid student internships for all high school students so that every young person has the chance to be a part of San Francisco’s thriving economy.
She made San Francisco the first county in the country to eliminate burdensome court administered fines and fees that only drove people who were trying to exit the criminal justice system back into poverty. She also worked to lift the suspended drivers licenses for thousands of people whose only fault was missing a court date.
Breed was elected Mayor in June 2018, to serve out the term of the late Mayor Ed Lee. The November 5, election is regularly scheduled for the four-year term running 2020-2024. (AFP)