Newsom sworn in to second term
Mayor Gavin Newsom was sworn in to a second term yesterday.
File photo by Luke
By Ashley Wright
January 9, 2008
Mayor Gavin Newsom was sworn in for his second term Tuesday
and spoke on issues of healthcare, homelessness, transportation
and the environment in his inaugural address at San Francisco's
"On the most important issues of the day, San Francisco
is providing leadership for our nation and the world," Newsom
The mayor outlined specific goals for his second term, including
enrolling 40,000 more residents in the city's universal health
care program, according to officials.
He also introduced plans to address the city's homeless population
by expanding sobering centers and redesigning shelters into job
training and drug treatment centers, officials reported.
Addressing violent crime in San Francisco, the mayor said he
plans to hire 250 new police officers and add a new police commander
whose only responsibility will be public housing, according to
Newsom said he also plans to improve San Francisco Municipal
Railway service and favor possible congestion pricing. He said
he also plans to look toward making the city government carbon
neutral by 2020, officials reported.
The mayor pledged to create a "Baby Savings Bond,"
which would award a $500 bond to any child born in the city and
would be available to the recipient upon completion of community
service, officials said.
Newsom added that he plans to expand the city's 311 service by
adding text messaging and Internet components; support new campaign
finance laws limiting certain contributions; train workers for
green-collar jobs; reform the city's retirement system; expand
affordable housing; fight to bring housing and opportunity to
Bayview Hunters Point; and mandate a community service requirement
in all high schools, officials reported.
"I cherish this opportunity to lead, and I will work with
all of you to make every single one of these most precious days
count," Newsom said to attendees.
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