Walking the halls of my alma mater Rosa Parks Elementary School following the election brought back so many memories. I was reminded of the pride we took in our schools and in our neighborhoods, as well as the teachers and community members who believed in me, even when I sometimes made it difficult for them to do so.
I also remembered those feelings of hopelessness and frustration that were ever-present growing up—not understanding the violence in our neighborhood and why there were so few opportunities for people in my community.
I never fathomed that someone with my background, who grew up where I grew up, could one day become Mayor of San Francisco. Today is a new day.
I am honored, humbled, and grateful that the voters of San Francisco have entrusted me with the important responsibility of leading our great city.Despite our sustained economic growth and vast wealth, San Francisco is still struggling with a host of serious and heartbreaking problems that will require us to take bold and creative action. We cannot stand idly by as the humanitarian crisis on our streets continues. We need to help our homeless citizens get the care and shelter they need, and employ effective tools to help those suffering from severe mental health and substance abuse problems. We must create more housing—more affordable housing and more supportive housing—now.
I am optimistic for what is to come and hopeful that we will come together to solve the challenges we face, because our city’s success is dependent upon the hard work and dedication of ALL of us.
This campaign was a labor of love for so many people and I cannot thank each of you enough. We are all San Franciscans regardless of who you are or where you’ve come from.
Now is the time for us to come together and work to solve our most challenging problems. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work for each and every one of you.