San Francisco Mayor Appoints Interim District Attorney

Mayor London Breed on Friday announced she is appointing Suzy Loftus to be the interim district attorney for the city and county of San Francisco.

The announcement comes one day after District Attorney George Gascon informed his staff he will resign his post before his term is up at the end of the year.

The briefing was scheduled to take place at Portsmouth Square, but protesters shut down the conference. Protesters say the choice to appoint Loftus is too cozy with police and the mayor was forced to move the announcement to the Far East Café in Chinatown.

"It just wouldn’t be San Francisco without a nice protest," said mayor Breed.

Gascon sent a letter to his staff, saying in part he has "decided it’s time for me to move on to a new opportunity." The letter goes on to say he and his wife will return to Los Angeles to rejoin family there and "explore a run for District Attorney."

The letter says he tendered his resignation to Mayor Breed, effective Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.

Gascon, 65, is the former San Francisco police chief and a former assistant chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. He served as chief in Mesa, Arizona, from 2006 to 2009.

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