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San Francisco Deserves Better than Champions of the Status Quo

Mayor London Breed

Though Ed Lee is now gone, his political legacy echoes loudly in City Hall, and there is no shortage of candidates eager to assume the mantle of his moderate, corporate-friendly politics. Few embody a desire to maintain this status quo more than our new acting mayor, former (and, apparently, current) Board of Supervisors President, London Breed.

Midtown: District 5 Residents in Need

One notable housing debacle in Breed’s district is the city’s treatment of the residents of the Midtown Park Apartments, known as Midtown.

Supervisor London Breed

It wouldn’t be fair to pretend Breed was solely responsible for the catastrophe of Midtown. After all, Breed was born in 1974 and raised in the Western Addition, so it would stand to reason that she knows better than most the troubled history of District 5 and redevelopment. However, as Supervisor of the district during the time of Midtown’s betrayal, she was complicit, alongside Ed Lee and the rest of the Board of Supervisors, in the failure to preserve rent control rates for Midtown residents. Breed could only do so much as district Supervisor, but when some of District 5’s most vulnerable residents needed an ally to fight on their behalf, Breed did not rise to the opportunity. Instead, Breed often sided with Ed Lee and with the developers, as she often did during Lee’s increasingly unpopular tenure as Mayor, a time in which the city further transformed from its bohemian past to become venture capital’s favorite playground.

Line of Succession

Like it or not, London Breed is now our Acting Mayor, and, when thinking about San Francisco’s current political economy, seeing her in the role seems to fit. After all, Lee’s former (and Breed’s current) corporate sponsor Ron Conway even took the opportunity of Ed Lee’s private funeral to tout London Breed as his personal choice for San Francisco’s next mayor. When coupled with her record on housing and police reform alone, Breed makes a more-than-suitable Mayor for the inequitable San Francisco that emerged under Ed Lee’s watch.

What the City Needs

We need to question our apathetic attitude towards San Francisco’s appointments to office, as well as their dangerous, status quo politics. While arguing over flags, budget allocations, or the precise percentages of affordable vs. market-rate units may seem like catnip for local policy wonks, everything coming out of City Hall has a material effect on the community and residents whose homes (or lives) are destroyed in the process. As San Franciscans, if we don’t maintain a high bar for who represents us in the city, then we shouldn’t be surprised if toxic policies emerge when our reps move on to Governor, Senator, or President.

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A new socialist publication for San Francisco and beyond. Edited by volunteers from the San Francisco chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. All articles, positions, and opinions are the authors’ own and are not endorsed by the Phoenix or DSA-SF unless expressly stated.

SF Phoenix Publishing

Written by

Amplifying and empowering socialist voices since 2017. All opinions are their authors’ own.

The San Francisco Phoenix

A new socialist publication for San Francisco and beyond. Edited by volunteers from the San Francisco chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. All articles, positions, and opinions are the authors’ own and are not endorsed by the Phoenix or DSA-SF unless expressly stated.

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