tv Inauguration of Mayor Breed SFGTV January 17, 2020 9:00am-10:01am PST
george washington high school marching band. [applause] >> please welcome kayla smith. [applause] >> good morning, everyone. how's everybody doing today? thank you. thank you for joining us today for this historical occasion. my name is kayla smith, and i will be your mistress of ceremonies for the evening. growing up in san francisco d-5, hayes valley, to be exact, since the age of four, i have been privileged to receive mentorship from my community.
i went from running departments at project level to now earning my internship at nbc this upcoming summer. [applause] >> i've always been ambitious, but i was lucky to have women in my life that looked like me and achieved great things, and one of those great women that i looked up to the most, our current mayor, my godmother, london breed. she wasn't changed much, by the way. to this day, she is still the same wise, inspiring, and supportive person that she was when i was a child. i know all too well the impact that mayor breed has had on myself, and i am extremely excited to see all the wonderful things that she will do for the city, and for that, i say thank you. [applause] >> and now, please join me in
welcoming father paul fitzgerald, president of the university of san francisco, to deliver today's invocation. [applause] >> thank you, kayla, and thank you all for being here today as we honor and congratulate and thank our mayor, london breed. mayor breed completed a masters in public education -- public administration at the university of san francisco back in 2012, and i offer the following blessing on her behalf and on behalf of her fellow professors who loved her, her fellow students at san francisco who loved her, and for all of us who love her and are praying for her continued success. but even more so, we are continuing to pray that mayor breed will continue the goals of the degree program that she so ably completed.
in it our masters in public education program, we prepare our graduates, people like london breed, for public leadership by advancing a challenging curriculum while pursuing complimentary research, transforming learning into actions that serve our communities, especially the most vulnerable among us. our diverse graduates become outstanding leaders who provide ethical, workable solutions, societial needs, and who advance justice. so in london, we see all of the learning outcomes of this degree program. social justice for all people of the city and county of san francisco and beyond. diversity in all its forms. integrity in all that we do. accountability to all whom we serve. excellence. educating students like london
breed to become compassionate and effective leaders who humanely manage organizations. providing and facilitating interactions between government, for-profit and nonprofit sectors to provide ethical and workable solutions to societial needs. i join with her many fellow usf alumni of the city and county of san francisco on asking blessing for mayor london breed this day and every day as she brilliantly fulfills her leadership of justice and hope into a future of inclusiveness, peace, and prosperity for all. so i ask you to join me in raising a hand of blessing. we ask god to bless london
breed with the seven gifts of the holy spirit. wisdom, understanding, council, piety, and fear of the loving god. and please bring her great satisfaction as she joins to lead all of us, and i ask all of you to join me in saying amen. [applause] >> thank you, father paul fitzgerald, for that beautiful invocation. and now for the posting of the colors of today's inauguration is the color guard from george washington high, where london breed attended. please rise and join me for the posting of the colors and singing of our national anthem.
last gleaming? ♪ ♪ whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight ♪ ♪ o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? ♪ ♪ and the rockets' red glare the bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ gave proof through the night that our flag was still there ♪ ♪ oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave ♪
>> thank you, katie. it is truly an honor to introduce our next speaker who will administer the oath of office. as our first female african american to be appointed at the san francisco superior court, she has paved the way for women and people of color to succeed in law and has been a role model and mentor to lawyers who are people of color. please join me in honoring judge teri l. jackson. [applause] >> i have to guess dresset dre in front of you. welcome. just as a little aside, when i see this many people in a room, i'm ready to swear you in as jurors and you just report in across the street, so watch with a me. but on behalf of the superior
court for the state of california, all 1600 strong trial judges throughout this state, it is such an honor and such as pleasure to be here. as my last official duty as a superior court judge, it is such an honor to be able to administer of oath of office to our mayor, london breed. [applause] >> i've also been told to explain why this is my last duty as a superior court judge. as of january 21, 2020, at 11:00, i will be elevated to the california supreme court, as the first african american woman.
so with that being said, madam mayor, could you please come forward. [applause] >> are you ready? >> the hon. london breed: yes. >> okay. raise your right hand and repeat after me. >> i, london n. breed, do solemnly swear that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states and the constitution of the state of california against all enemies, foreign and domestic. that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the constitution
of the united states and the constitution of the state of california. i take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. that i will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which i'm about to enter, and during such time as i hold the office of mayor of the city and county of san francisco. congratulations. [cheers and applause]
>> the hon. london breed: thank you. thank you. thank you all so much forum here today, and thank you to the people of san francisco for trusting me to continue to serve as mayor of such an incredible city. as we welcome a new decade, it's really worth taking a moment to reflect on how far we've come in this decade. in 2010, san francisco was deep in the great recession, and our workforce was in trouble. our unemployment rate had more quadrupled since 2000 and was at a 20-year high. ten years later, we are riding the longest period of economic growth in our history with one
of the most -- the lowest unemployment rates in our city's history. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: the homicide rate has dropped to its lowest in more than 55 years. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: in the last decade, san francisco's stance on marriage equality and medical cannabis became the laws of the land. we made a record investment in our parks and our libraries. we modernized our muni fleet and made it free for those in need. we launched our clean energy program, dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. we even got our hands dirty, replacing our sewer system. we passed paid family leave, a
$15 minimum wage and made city colle college free for all. we paved our streets and remodell remodelled the moscone center. we welcomed the warriors home. we watched the giants win it, and win it again, and our congress woman gave up the gavel and won it back. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: and we became the capital of the resistance. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: over the past decade, we've made great progress, but through it all, we've grappled with the twin troubles of homelessness
and housing availability. i was an intern in the mayor's office right here a quarter of a century ago. i had the privilege to walk up these stairs every day as a member of the board of supervisors. this building's beauty is timeless, its spirit and inspiration. earthquake and fire destroyed san francisco's first city hall, but we built another even more magnificent than the first. why? why do we build these monuments? what do these marble stairs and golden dome -- what does it mean to us? it isn't excess or vanity, it's a reminder. we swing the doors open for everyone because it reminds us
that our government welcomes everyone. our successes are shared, our potential unbound, and that none of us would be left out in the cold. i take the oath of office today remembering that not too long ago, my ancestors were in chains. i've never found out exactly where they lived, but i know a bit about how they lived. i know their masters sat at tables eating generous meals that they didn't prepared. i know they hudled outside. they ate mush not with wooden spoons but with hands in a trough. the civil war ended the bondage, but the inequity had
only begun. the slave owners kept their lands, and the former slaves kept the nothing they already had. so with that nothing, most went back to work at the farm. they rented their labor as share croppers, or if they were lucky, tenant farmers. generations of poor african americans scraped by, living in fear that if they protested too loudly, men in hoods would come. when the depression hit, two of those share croppers, a young couple with 11 children moved from louisiana to texas. sometime later, their daughter, miss camellia brown came to san francisco. she came in search of work. she came in search of something better. she came to raise her children in a place where they might be equal. my grandmother came here to believe in a city of hope, a city where a young black girl can go from public housing to
the mayor's office. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: and she was right. san francisco is so much more than our home. it's a refuge for the gay, lesbian, and transgender brothers and sisters from all over the country. it's a new start for immigrants from guatemala and guangzhou and everywhere in between. it is my promise that everyone has a place in this city, that no one should be left out in the cold. so when we come to this hall or walk down market street and see the suffering of thousands of people outside our doors, it
hurts. it hurts not because we are callous but because we care. the suffering on our streets, it offends our civic souls, and it should. but if we're going to do something about the conditions on the streets, we need to level with each other. homelessness isn't new, it isn't easy. we are not the only city struggling with it, and quite frankly, we are not going to solve it in 100 days, a year, or even entirely in this term. and i'm not sure solve is the right word any way. while the city has helped thousands of people out of homelessness, thousands more took their place. and sadly, sadly, there will always be people whose addiction or mental illness or poverty leads them down a dark path or puts them in need of help. los angeles has more than 36,000 homeless residents and a
skid row that is its own tragic city within a city. three years ago, san diego had a hepatitis outbreak among its homeless population that killed 20 people. they had to spray their sidewalks with bleach to fight the infection. i point this out not to criticize those cities. i know how hard they are fighting to address these problems. cities up and down the west coast, seattle, santa rosa, portland, los angeles, san diego are launching this fight. too many people are grappling with drug addictions and insufficient resources and insufficient housing. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: now we haven't stopped sending our taxes to washington, d.c., but they stopped sending back anywhere near enough for homelessness and affordable
housing. so each year, san franciscans write bigger and bigger checks, and we ask ourselves, why doesn't it keep getting better? why do we keep sending money, yet the homeless count keeps going up? first, let's dispel some of the inaccurate conversations that we hear. it's not because we aren't funding solutions. it's not because we are indifferent. no one in my office, no one at the board of supervisors, no one in any city department, no one who works here is kicking back and throwing their hands up and pretending like we've been able to do something great. we are all working on it every day, frustrated by it every single day. homelessness is so severe, so acute up and down the west coast for a few simple reasons. housing is too expensive.
working class jobs are too uncertain, and their wages too outpaced by the cost of living. drugs, opioids and meth in particular are too common. and two decades after the state closed its mental hospitals, california still hasn't come to grips for how we're going to care for people who are severely mentally ill. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: homelessness isn't just a problem, it's a symptom. the symptom of unaffordable housing, of income inequality, of institutional racism, of addiction, of untreated illnesses, of decades of disinvestment. these are the problems, and if we want to fight homelessness, we've got to fight them all.
[applause] >> the hon. london breed: and in san francisco, we are. we will meet our goal of opening 1,000 new shelter beds by the end of this year. we just opened a new navigation center along the embarcadero center, and our bayview shelters break ground shortly. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: we just opened our first state parking facility to help people who live in their vehicles. we're adding more than 200 new mental health beds, expanding outreach, and we are transforming how we deliver mental health and substance use treatment in our city. we have more permanent supportive housing units per ca capi capita than any major city in the country. we've expanded rental
assistance and emergency problem solving funds to help people avoid homelessness in the first place. we are expanding our conservetorship program to help people on the streets and get them the support that they need. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: we are working to open meth sobering centers, safe injection sites, and managed alcohol facilities so we can stop walking by addictions spilling out on our streets and start treating it like the health care issue that we know it is. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: i've directed our city departments to reprioritize spending towards making our streets safer and cleaner for all of us. we are riding ballot measures to housing shortage.
[applause] and if we want to relieve the pa pain on the streets and stop seeing our family members and friends moving away in moving vans, we need to build more housing, build more homes a lot more and set policies that make this possible. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: over the next decade, in addition to
our work on preserving thousands of permanently affordable homes, we need to build at least 50,000 new homes, at least 50,000 new homes. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: and at least 17,000 need to be affordable. and to get to 50,000, we can't let disingenuous warnings of shadows and heights get in the way of badly needed housing. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: to get to 50,000, we need to recognize that density is not a dirty word. to get to 50,000, we have to push for solutions to build homes faster and support policies like sb-50 that will allow more housing all over the bay area.
[applause] >> the hon. london breed: i'll be going to sacramento to fight for new housing because we need more housing for our workers, for our families, for our seniors. because our retail shops can't afford to hire people who live here, because housing should be affordable and viable to san franciscans of all levels. >> the hon. london breed: we can't say we need more housing and then reject the policies that actually allow us to build that housing.
[applause] >> the hon. london breed: i wasn't here decades ago when we imposed restrictive laws to prevent more housing, but i will be here when we start build housing in san francisco and the bay area again. it is time. so here's what i want the next decade to look like. i want this to be the decade where we no longer walk by a person shooting up or a person who's shouting out of control or suffering on our streets and shrug our shoulders or turn away and wonder, what should we do? i am determined over the next four years to take in people with addiction and mental health problems so that when you encounter someone in need, you can make a call and know that person will get the help
they need. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: as i said before, compassion can no longer mean anything goes. i want this to be the decade when residents and visitors to our city can enjoy every neighborhood every single day without fear of crime or unacceptable behavior. we have what we know is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. this is an incredible city. i want it to be lively, i want it to be diverse, i want it to be safe, and i know you all want that, too. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: and i want this to be the decade when san franciscans from the multigenerational native to the newly arrived immigrant that he, she, or they can arrive
with their children and call this city home for generations to come. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: we can be a vibrant and welcoming city, a city of affordable and diverse homes, a city where we come together and put aside our differences to meet the challenges that we know we all face with clarity and conviction. a city where we can care for one another, where our streets are safe, and no one is left out in the cold. san francisco can be the city that a share cropper's daughter dreamed it to be. san francisco can and will be a city for all of us. thank you.
[applause] >> the hon. london breed: ladies and gentlemen, this person said to me, it is a blessing to be a blessing. and today, the person that's providing a blessing to all of us so that we can start 2020 off right and what we need to do to move our city forward is no other than san francisco's santana! [cheers and applause] >> the hon. london breed: and with his amazing special guest, yolanda adams.
>> carlos santana. [applause] >> sister of life yolanda. [applause] >> we want to say we're so grateful and it's such a deep honor to be here in this most memorable location because our sister of light is in charge of changing -- changing the narrative. her light will efficient, sufficient to change the whole -- not just the bay area, this nation and the whole world because she's anointed. she is designed by grace, and we salute you and say it's about time. [applause]
leading, people sometimes discount the ability to lead quietly and effectively. the assessor's office is a big one. there are 58 counties in the state of california and every single county has one elected assessor in the county. our job is to look at property taxes and make sure that we are fairly taxing every single property in san francisco. one of the big things that we do is as a result of our work, we bring in a lot of revenue, about 2.6 billion worth of revenue to the city. often, people will say, what do you do with that money, and i
like to share what we do with property taxes. for every dollar we collect in property taxes, about 68 cents of it goes to support public sstss, our police officers, our fire departments, our streets, our cleaning that happens in the city. but i think what most people don't know is 34 cents of the dollar goes to public education. so it goes to the state of california and in turn gets allocated back to our local school districts. so this is an incredibly important part of what we do in this office. it's an interesting place to be, i have to say. my colleagues across the state have been wonderful and have been very welcoming and share their knowledge with me. in my day-to-day life, i don't think about that role, being the only asian american assessor in the state, i just focus on being the best i can be, representing my city very
well, representing the county of san francisco well. by being the only asian american assessor, i think you have a job to try to lift up and bring as many people on board, as well. i hope by doing the best that you can as an individual, people will start to see that your assessor is your elected leaders, the people that are making important decisions can look like you, can be like you, can be from your background. i grew up with a family where most of my relatives, my aunties, my uncles, my parents, were immigrants to the united states. when my parents first came here, they came without any relatives or friends in the united states. they had very little money, and they didn't know how to speak english very well. they came to a place that was completely foreign, a place where they had absolutely nobody here to help them, and i can't imagine what that must have been like, how brave it was for them to take that step because they were doing this in order to create an opportunity
for their family. so my parents had odd jobs, my dad worked in the kitchens, my mom worked as a seamstress sewing. as we grew up, we eventually had a small business. i very much grew up in a family of immigrants, where we helped to translate. we went to the restaurant every weekend helping out, rolling egg rolls, eating egg rolls, and doing whatever we need to do to help the family out. it really was an experience growing up that helped me be the person that i am and viewing public service the way that i do. one of the events that really stuck with me when i was growing up was actually the rodney king riots. we lived in southern california at the time, and my parents had a restaurant in inglewood, california. i can remember smelling smoke, seeing ashes where we lived. it was incredibly scary because we didn't know if we were going to lose that restaurant, if it
was going to be burned down, if it was going to be damaged, and it was our entire livelihood. and i remember there were a lot of conversations at that time around what it was that government to do to create more opportunities or help people be more successful, and that stuck with me. it stuck with me because i remain believe government has a role, government has a responsibility to change the outcomes for communities, to create opportunities, to help people go to school, to help people open businesses and be successful. >> make sure to be safe, and of course to have fun. >> and then, i think as you continue to serve in government, you realize that those convictions and the persons that you are really help to inform you, and so long as you go back to your core, and you remember why you're doing what you're doing, you know, i think you can't go wrong. it's funny, because, you know, i never had thought i would do this. i became a supervisor first for the city under very unusual
circumstances, and i can remember one day, i'm shopping with friends and really not having a care in the world about politics or running for office or being in a public position, and the next day, i'm sworn in and serving on the board of supervisors. for many of us who are going through our public service, it's very interesting, i think, what people view as a leader. sometimes people say, well, maybe the person who is most outspoken, the person who yells the loudest or who speaks the loudest is going to be the best leader. and i think how i was raised, i like to listen first, and i like to try to figure outweighs to work with -- out ways to work with people to get things done. i hope that time goes on, you can see that you can have all sorts of different leaders whether at the top of city government or leading organizations or leading teams, that there are really different kinds of leadership styles that we should really foster because it makes us stronger as
organizations. >> take advantage of all the wonderful information that you have here, at the vendor booth, at our seminars and also the one-on-one counseling. >> i wouldn't be where i was if i didn't have very strong people who believed in me. and even at times when i didn't believe in my own abilities or my own skills, i had a lot of people who trusted and believed i either had the passion or skills to accomplish and do what i did. if there was one thing that i can tell young women, girls, who are thinking about and dreaming about the things they want to be, whether it's being a doctor or being in politics, running an organization, being in business, whatever it is, i think it's really to just trust yourself and believe that who you are is enough, that you are enough to make it work and to
♪ we will never be anything >> okay. i needed that. [laughter] how many of you needed this day? [ cheers ] [applause] yeah. all of us together pretty much saying you're not going to take our country away from us. nor are you going to take our future away from us. and we're going to take it back. [applause] i'm so excited that i get to be your emcee for this afternoon. you're about to hear from a couple of super powerful, amazing women. and to introduce them is a powerful woman in her own right. a san francisco native, a health