San Francisco's First Black Woman Mayor Voted Out Behind Closed Doors
The new interim mayor claims London Breed had too much power.
January 25, 2018 at 1:11 pm
After the death of San Francisco's Mayor Edwin Lee at the end of last year, the city's leadership fell to London Breed who became San Francisco's first black women mayor.
Now, her role as interim mayor has been taken away by San Francisco Board of Supervisors. On Tuesday night, board members voted 7-2 vote to elect Supervisor Mark Farrell. He becomes the third mayor of the city in six weeks. The board also voted 5-4 to oust Breed as interim mayor.
It’s been an honor to serve the City during this difficult time. I have a vision for an inclusive & fair San Francisco, and will keep working every day on the important issues we face: homelessness, housing, & public safety.
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) January 24, 2018
Breed, who also serves as president of the board, has been criticized for having too much power. Moderate leaning critics argue that she should be replaced by a "caretaker mayor" that was not planning to take the job in a more permanent matter. She made history as the city's first black woman to serve as mayor.
Blavity reported initially that she grew up in Plaza East Public Housing in the Western Addition community, located in District 5. And that she would later serve her home district in the city's government since taking office in 2012.
According to HuffPost, Breed announced her candidacy for mayor this month with the hope of winning in the June mayoral election.
“The power of incumbency provides such an unfair advantage that I believe we must take this election out of the hands of the Board of Supervisors and allow San Franciscans to choose the next mayor on a level playing field,” Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer said in a statement after the vote.
Fewer and Supervisor Aaron Peskin believed that if Breed stayed in power she would be able to fill in valuable vacant city government jobs.
"To me, that is too much power in one person's hand. There needs to be checks and balances," Farrell said.
Farrell, who is also a San Francisco native and managing director at venture capital company Thayer Ventures, will not run in the June election, per Mercury News.
“Send a message to the world and to the national administration that we here in San Francisco will not allow racism and sexism to rear its ugly head, that although African-Americans make up less than 13 percent of the city population, although the school system is failing our African American children here in San Francisco … and although African-Americans have been disproportionately displaced in this city, we deserve a leader like London,” a black native San Franciscan said.