London Breed, San Francisco’s first black mayor sworn in

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London Breed, right, takes oath of office as first African American woman as mayor of San Francisco

London Breed Wednesday was sworn in as the first African-American  female mayor of San Francisco, a major tourist city on the U.S. west coast, amid challenges ranging from homeless crisis, skyrocketing housing prices and a widening income gap between the rich and poor.

The 43-year-old San Francisco native succeeded former Mayor Ed Lee, who died unexpectedly last December, as the 45th mayor after she won 50.55 percent of vote in a tight race for the mayoral office last month.

Breed took oath outdoors on the steps of City Hall in a public ceremony in downtown San Francisco that was watched by around 1,000 audience.

London Breed at San Francisco City Hall acknowledges cheers from the people

The first black female mayor, who grew up in a poor family in the Western Addition neighbourhood in the city, promised to address pressing problems afflicting the city, including housing…



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