Public safety in San Francisco right now doesn’t fit neatly into one narrative. Homicides in 2020 were near an all-time low. Yet burglaries and home invasions were on the rise, and certain neighborhoods like the Richmond and the Sunset saw an alarming increase in break-ins. Small business owners have experienced repeated burglaries at their stores.

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Today I joined the new Chief Scott and the new SFPD Richmond Station Captain Gaetano Caltagirone to talk with residents and businesses about public safety in the neighborhood.

There have been a number of high profile attacks on elderly Asian residents in the Bay Area, which, combined with a rising and disturbing trend of anti-Asian racism throughout the country, has led many members of our Asian community to feel unsafe in their own…

I would not be Mayor today if it weren’t for San Francisco’s public schools. I grew up in public housing that was literally deteriorating — it was common for the heat not to work or to go days without hot water. My neighborhood was the living embodiment of our government’s disinvestment in low-income neighborhoods and our residents. But I had a community that cared for me, and while I wasn’t always an easy student for my teachers, they saw potential in me and provided the support I needed.

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Standing with students and parents who have been asking for months to be able to return to in-person education

This last year has been a challenge unlike any we’ve faced before…

After a long, difficult year living through an unprecedented pandemic, the development of multiple COVID-19 vaccines has finally provided hope that a new day is quickly approaching. Understandably, people want to know, “When can I or my loved ones get vaccinated?” “How do I schedule an appointment to get vaccinated?” and “Is the vaccine safe?”

These are important questions, since a safe and effective COVID vaccine is one of the most important tools we have — along with masks and social distancing — to end this pandemic and get our city on the road to recovery.

Vaccinating people on this…

Small businesses make up more than nine out of ten San Francisco businesses, employ more than half of the City’s workforce, and generate tens of billions in economic activity each year — most of which remains in our city.

San Francisco can’t recover from the devastating effects of COVID-19 on our economy without our small businesses, and after the year that they have had resulting from the pandemic, we owe it to them to do everything we can to help them recover and grow. …

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, San Francisco placed over 2,300 people into Shelter in Place Hotels. This was the largest number of rooms in terms of homeless population of any City in the country — a massive logistical public health undertaking and achievement, and also an expensive one.

Recently there have been a number of inaccurate statements made about both the costs associated with this program and our plan to responsibly transition the program while moving people currently in the hotels into other types of housing. Let’s go through what the facts are and our plan.

Despite what some…

This summer we saw the world rise up and take to the streets. People were calling for justice and change. And while a lot of that focus was rightfully on addressing police violence against black people, it was also about changing our entire system to make it more equitable. To lift up communities that had been left behind.

To do that work, which I’ve been committed to doing since long before I’ve been in office, we need to empower our young people. We need to give them real opportunities to learn, to thrive, and to find their way. …

COVID-19 has made it clear how critical housing is for a healthy city, especially among people facing homelessness. In response to the pandemic, we’ve opened more than 20 hotel sites with over 2,600 rooms for unsheltered people who are vulnerable to COVID to isolate and shelter indoors. This undertaking is at a scale that is unprecedented in the City’s history. Hundreds of City employees and thousands of nonprofit staff funded by the City are working around the clock every day to make it happen.

But these hotels are a temporary solution for what we know is a long-term need. As…

We’re developing alternatives to end the use of police in response to behavioral health and other non-violent calls for service

Overview of our Public Safety Reform Roadmap

In June, I announced my vision to fundamentally change the nature of policing in San Francisco. To address the structural inequities that too many in our City experience, in particular our African-American community, we need fundamental change and reinvestment. The criminal justice system can no longer be our answer to social problems. We have to reimagine a public safety system in which race does not influence or determine the outcome.

My Roadmap focused on four broad priorities to achieve this vision

  • Ending the use of police in response to non-violent activity
  • Addressing police bias and strengthening accountability
  • Demilitarizing the police

Businesses throughout San Francisco have been hit hard by COVID-19, and many were already struggling to survive before the pandemic. Despite the challenges over the past six months, and in the midst of so much fear, uncertainty, and anxiety about COVID-19, business owners and their employees have pushed forward creative solutions that allow them to keep operating, and help keep our commercial corridors alive. As a City, we have worked hard to support businesses throughout it all, with nearly $30 million in funding for paid sick leave, grants, and zero-interest loans, and with programs like Shared Spaces.

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Mayor Breed walking along Valencia Street

Thriving Commercial Corridors

When we first…

As Mayor of San Francisco, I’m tasked with presenting and signing a balanced two-year budget every year for the City. While the budget is the most important legislation that we take up every year, it often does not receive the attention it deserves. That’s not surprising, however, because it is an incredibly complicated process and an incredibly complicated document.

San Francisco city skyline. Photo courtesy of Michael Victor / The 415 Guy
San Francisco city skyline. Photo courtesy of Michael Victor / The 415 Guy

This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic drastically impacting our economy, we faced a $1.5 billion shortfall. In the budget I released on July 31, we closed this shortfall while also making key investments in the most pressing issues facing our city…

London Breed

45th Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco

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