SF native London Breed rises to helm her hometown


San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed became The City’s acting mayor when Ed Lee died at 1:11 a.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

Breed assumes the powers, responsibilities and duties as the acting mayor, said City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who cited the City Charter. She is the first black female mayor of San Francisco, and will continue to hold onto her seat on the board.

Herrera said Breed, 43, will hold the acting mayor position until supervisors vote on a successor mayor, but the board is not required to take a vote, said Herrera. If the board decides to take action, at least six votes will be required to choose a successor.

Breed could be acting mayor through the next election, if the board chooses not to take a vote:

“There will be election on June 5, 2018, where the next mayor will be chosen to fill the unexpired term of Mayor Lee, and that term ends on Jan. 8, 2020.”

In 2012, Breed was elected to represent District 5 and re-elected in 2016. Breed has been president of the Board of Supervisors since 2015.

Breed, a San Francisco native, grew up living in the Plaza East Public Housing in the Western Addition, and was raised by her grandmother. She graduated from Galileo High School, earned her bachelor’s degree at UC Davis and earned her master’s degree from the University of San Francisco.

Before being elected to the Board of Supervisors, Breed served as the executive director of the African American Art & Culture Complex.

She served five years as a commissioner with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. In 2010, Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Breed to the San Francisco Fire Commission.

Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay and covers transportation and City Hall. He has spent a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Jerold is a San Francisco native and frequently takes public transit everywhere he goes. Follow Jerold on Twitter @jerold_chinn. Email tips to

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