On January 6th, District Five Supervisor London Breed was elected President of the Board of Supervisors. She is the second District Five Supervisor to be elected President of the Board since the return of District Elections in 2001. D5 Supervisor Matt Gonzalez was elected President in 2003, serving until he left the Board in 2005. Interestingly, both Breed and Gonzalez, representing the most liberal voting district in the City, received key support for Board President from the Board’s most conservative members: Supervisor Breed was supported by Supervisors Wiener and Tang and Gonzalez received support from Tony Hall.
Oddly, press coverage of Supervisor Breed’s election repeatedly described District Five as including only the Western Addition, the neighborhood in which the native San Franciscan was born. District Five includes, as Supervisor Breed well knows, the Haight-Ashbury, Hayes Valley, and the Inner Sunset neighborhoods as well. She and her office have worked hard to represent the entire district.