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London Breed on being a "proactive" mayor for San Francisco

Courtesy of London Breed


When Mayor Ed Lee unexpectedly passed away last December, London Breed became acting mayor — the first African American woman in that position.

But her fellow supervisors voted to remove her from that role after she decided to run for the office.


London Breed grew up in San Francisco’s Western Addition. She went to high school and graduate school in the city. She’s been a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors since 2012, and the Board President since 2015.

Of the eight candidates for mayor, she's the only one who did not agree to an interview with KALW news director Ben Trefny. But she did come in to talk with Your Call’s Rose Aguilar. Here's an excerpt of that conversation.

"We have to make better decisions. We can't continue to let bureaucracy run its course, and be reactionary to these problems. We have to be proactive in dealing with those. For example, building more housing, making sure we cut the time to build housing in San Francisco in half."

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