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Leaving London: San Francisco’s Voters Abandoning Mayor London Breed

We see the results: a collapsed economy with no turnaround on the horizon

By Richie Greenberg, May 24, 2023 3:40 pm

A just released poll of San Francisco voters reveals Mayor London Breed has failed to learn from lessons of last year’s several elected officials’ recalls due to crime, diminished quality of life, lack of accountability and failing education for our children. An astounding 76% of those polled feel city hall continues in the wrong direction.  (Poll at SFStandard.com ). Last year a poll rated Breed at only 17% approval by 18–34-year-olds. Another recent poll has Breed at nearly 60% unfavorable and disapproving of the job she is doing. With these poll numbers it is looking unlikely she will be re-elected.

Don’t get me wrong, London Breed was the strongest and considered the most moderate of eight candidates in the June 2018 special election to succeed just-deceased mayor Ed Lee. I ultimately supported her policies for several years following. I defended her publicly, especially as she faced pressure from left-wing officials and activists in city hall. But then Covid happened.

Mayor London Breed speaking to participants during the Open the Schools Rally, San Francisco, CA, Mar. 13, 2021. (Photo: Sheila Fitzgerald/ Shutterstock)

Initially, Breed, together with Grant Colfax of the San Francisco Department of Health held daily emergency Covid briefings and issued stay at home orders early in 2020, orders which appeared logical, science-driven and in the best interest of San Franciscans. As time went on, however, cracks began to show as hardline policy dragged on amid uneven application of lockdown regulations.

Breed was twice discovered violating her own mandates, dining at posh and intimate French Laundry and later dancing at local SF jazz club.  She also received stern condemnation for her constitutional violation over her policies on local religious service restrictions, a warning sent her by U.S. Department of Justice in September of 2020. A roller coaster of lockdowns and openings-up was seen as not only unfair but severely damaging to our economy. Breed could have taken a better even-handed approach and made declarations out of caution, and reason, not hysterics.

Fast forward, we see the results: a collapsed economy with no turnaround on the horizon.

At the same time as Covid’s inception, then-incoming “District Attorney” Chesa Boudin threw a monkey wrench into the city’s criminal justice system in 2020. Amid a series of high-profile cases, his promise to release repeat criminals and to allow quality of life crimes to go unpunished, San Francisco descended into a scofflaw paradise. Yet Mayor Breed remained virtually silent on Chesa Boudin save a few comments of her disappointment. Breed has the city’s bullhorn – she could have easily used her pulpit to demand accountability, but she chose not to.

Once Boudin was recalled and an actual prosecutor named as his successor (Brooke Jenkins), Breed had the chance to hit the ground running with meaningful change, to rein in crime and drug dealing. But this was wishful thinking. With a series of blundered “declarations of emergency” in the Tenderloin, on drug dealing, and most recently calling in federal and state law enforcement, it’s very puzzling why the mayor makes these toothless decrees which only fade away as ineffective. Voters laugh with each new directive – she’s just crying wolf.

And now, along with her failure to impose accountability on crime, her failure to effectively correct a steepening loss of morale among SFPD officers, her failing to push back against a radical Police Commission and worsening fallout from businesses fleeing the city, comes the Reparations issue.

During the summer of 2020, amid Covid lockdowns, George Floyd killing, Black Lives Matter protests and Defund the Police movement, Mayor Breed decided it was time to exploit sentiment. She pulled $120 million of SFPD budget money, redirecting it to several agencies, departments and projects such as the Dream Keeper Initiative. Another project was to form a Reparations Committee to create provisions and policy proposals culminating in the now-infamous plan we have heard so much heard about to our dismay. Reparations is yet another failed undertaking eliciting near-universal condemnation from our city’s residents and businesses. (A website has been set up by yours truly detailing the horrendously unworkable plan at RejectThePlan.com )

Mayor London Breed has failed San Francisco repeatedly. Our city needs unity. We need respect. We need city hall to reverse it’s anti-accountability, anti-public safety, anti-law enforcement, anti-business stance. We need moderation, to enforce laws, remove drug dealers and give taxpayers meaningful relief. Breed is facing a taxpayer revolt and her re-election in the fall of 2024 has been seriously thrown in doubt. It’s time to leave London and support a true moderate candidate to lead San Francisco.

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17 thoughts on “Leaving London: San Francisco’s Voters Abandoning Mayor London Breed

  1. What San Francisco really needs is to flush out that criminal gang known as the Democrat party that has completely dominated the city for decades and that has almost completely destroyed it.

  2. I did not vote for Mayor Breed, I’m not a fan, but the awful thing is that she’s not as bad as the Board of Supervisors and others in City Hall. Sadly, San Francisco is getting exactly what it wanted. As long as people keep voting for the same kind of people and policies, we will keep getting the same kind of results. I wonder if people will ever wake up? I wonder if San Francisco is slowly, step by step, committing suicide.

  3. Are you kidding me? London Breed was the most qualified candidate for mayor in the special 2018 election?? Have you heard of a gentleman named Mark Leno — the 2018 opponent to London Breed who was on the SF Board of Supervisors for 8 years, in the California Assembly for 8 years, and in the California State Senate for 8 years? In his 24 years of service, Mark Leno’s accomplishments are too numerous to mention, but they include balancing California’s budget (after years and years of deficits) and authoring groundbreaking legislation on LGBT civil rights. Furthermore, in his campaign for mayor, he mailed to every voter his 24-point plan to revitalize the City and to end homelessness. … And you say that London Breed, with her experience of less than 4 years on the Board of Supervisors, was the most qualified candidate in the 2018 field? What a joke. Pull your head out of your ass. The exponentially-more-qualified Mark Leno would have saved this City. London Breed has destroyed it. PERIOD.

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