A few minutes ago, I walked into City Hall and opened an exploratory committee for Mayor.
I’m proud to be a San Franciscan and excited to start a conversation about how we can move our city forward in these difficult economic times.
Everything I am today, I owe to San Francisco.
I came here as an immigrant at the age of 3. I grew up in the City. I went to local public schools and was fortunate enough to get a chance to go to college. I raised my family here – sending my four children to public schools – and served the people of San Francisco as a School Board member, a Supervisor, a State Assemblyman and now as State Senator.
When I walked into City Hall today, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride at the opportunity to give back to the City and people who have done so much for me.
It’s a conversation we desperately need to have – and have in a more respectful and civil manner than we have had recently.
We all understand the big challenges we face – making it easier to raise a family in San Francisco and investing in education, balancing the city budget and creating good jobs in a tough economy.
Unfortunately, polarization and political backbiting have often prevented us from working together to solve these important and difficult problems.
I hope you will participate in this conversation about our home, our city and our shared future.
Thank you for your support and encouragement.