Leadership During Crisis: A Conversation with Mayor Muriel Bowser and Mayor London Breed

They are leaders on the frontlines combating the coronavirus in major cities. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and San Francisco Mayor London Breed joined The Washington Post Live on Thursday, April 23 at 2:15 p.m. ET for back-to-back interviews with Washington Post National Political Reporter Robert Costa.
A Conversation with Mayor Muriel Bowser
Highlights
Public schools in Washington, D.C. will remain closed for the rest of the academic year and remote learning will now end three weeks early. Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city is looking into several options to help students make up for lost time, including holding summer sessions or starting the 2020-2021 academic year early. She says the city could be in a position to make a decision by mid-May.
  • Apr 23, 2020
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Thursday that she would be establishing a Reopen DC Advisory Committee, and one issue the group will look at is how to address racial disparities in the city. ‘We know, however, that these disparities didn’t just pop up during this pandemic. That they’re decades, and indeed generations in the making.’
  • Apr 23, 2020
Despite having more coronavirus cases than 19 states, D.C. received less federal funding than states do. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wants that to be rectified in Congress’ next relief bill. ‘In CARES one, the minimum state allocation was $1.25 billion, and that is what the District needs. We were allocated $498 million as if we were a territory. DC residents are not territory residents. We pay full taxes just like every American.’
  • Apr 23, 2020
Full Interview
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser joins The Washington Post Live for an interview with Washington Post National Political Reporter Robert Costa.
  • Apr 23, 2020
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Washington, D.C.
On November 6, 2018, Muriel Bowser became the first woman ever re-elected as the Mayor of Washington, DC and the first mayor to earn a second term in 16 years. Since taking office, the Mayor has taken bold steps to reset DC’s global and national competitiveness, speed up affordable housing production, diversify the DC economy, increase satisfaction in city services, and invest in programs and policies that allow more families to live and thrive in DC. Bowser is committed to making sure every Washingtonian gets a fair shot in a growing and prosperous Washington, DC. Her administration is focused on making DC’s prosperity more inclusive, advancing DC values, and building safer, stronger, and healthier neighborhoods across DC’s eight wards.
A Conversation with Mayor London Breed
Highlights
More than 100 people at San Francisco’s largest homeless shelter tested positive for COVID-19. Mayor London Breed says the city has acquired 4,000 hotel rooms and has moved 1,000 people who are homeless into those rooms. ‘The challenges that continue to exist make the logistics and the management of serving this population really tough for us, but it doesn’t mean that we’re going to give up.
  • Apr 23, 2020
San Francisco Mayor London Breed says the city hasn’t seen the drastic increases in COVID-19 that they were anticipating, which allows them to focus on testing and contact tracing.
  • Apr 23, 2020
When asked whether tech companies have done enough to support San Francisco, Mayor London Breed said some companies have been generous with the resources and technology but there’s always more that anyone can do. ‘Technology plays a critical role in getting us back to opening our city and being able to communicate with people fairly quickly.’
  • Apr 23, 2020
Full Interview
San Francisco Mayor London Breed joins The Washington Post Live for an interview with Washington Post National Political Reporter Robert Costa.
  • Apr 23, 2020
Mayor London Breed
San Francisco
Mayor London Breed is a native San Franciscan, raised by her grandmother in Plaza East Public Housing in the Western Addition. She graduated with honors from Galileo High School. In June 2018, Mayor Breed was elected to be the first African American woman and second woman in San Francisco history to serve as Mayor. She was re-elected for her first full four-year term in November 2019. She has focused on helping the City’s homeless population into care and shelter; adding more housing for residents of all income levels; helping those suffering from mental health and substance use disorder on San Francisco’s streets; ensuring that all San Franciscans have access to a thriving economy; making San Francisco a cleaner and safer city; and furthering San Francisco’s leadership in combating climate change.
Interviewed by Robert Costa
The Washington Post
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