San Francisco Mayor Ed lee was sworn in today and he laid out his vision for the city for the next few years. He also did something that no other mayor has done before.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee invited members of the public to come out to his inauguration ceremony Sunday at City Hall.
Lee, who was appointed as mayor last January after Gavin Newsom was elected the state's lieutenant governor, was elected in November to a full four-year term.
Former Mayor Willie Brown served as the master of ceremonies, and Senator Dianne Feinstein administered the mayoral oath of office.
Lee defeated a crowded field of 16 mayoral contenders in November, eventually coming out ahead 60 percent to 40 percent over Supervisor John Avalos after 12 rounds of ranked-choice voting.
During the campaign, Lee fought off allegations of impropriety by his campaign, as well as criticism that he reneged on his pledge not to run for mayor when he was appointed.
Lee was busy during his year as appointed mayor, including overseeing negotiations to revamp pension plans for city workers, developing plans for the 2013 America's Cup sailing race, convincing the microblogging company Twitter to stay in San Francisco via a tax break, and negotiating to close a $306 million budget deficit.
Between when Lee was appointed last January and when he was elected to the full term in November, the city's unemployment rate dropped from 9.5 percent to 7.8 percent.
Bay City News