Tuesday, December 12, 2017

San Francisco's new acting mayor is London Breed

SFC:

She grew up about half a mile from City Hall in a housing project that was later razed by the city. She often speaks in public about growing up poor and surrounded by violence. Her brother is in prison and her younger sister died of a drug overdose.

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It would have been difficult to predict such a change in political fortune months ago when Breed was challenged from the left for re-election. Her district, which includes the Haight-Ashbury, Hayes Valley, Fillmore and Western Addition neighborhoods, has traditionally been one of the most liberal in San Francisco. Frustrations among voters focused on issues like the scarcity of affordable housing and a perception that City Hall’s moderate wing, Breed included, caters to tech companies and gentrifiers.

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If Breed is ultimately elected mayor, her path will be akin to how Feinstein became acting mayor in December 1978 after the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.
Related: "Robots are being used to deter homeless people from setting up camp in San Francisco"
since the SPCA started guarding its facilities with the robot — known as K9 — a month ago, the homeless encampments have dwindled

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Knightscope rents out the robots for $7 an hour — less than a security guard's hourly wage