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Mayor-Elect London Breed will be sworn outside San Francisco’s City Hall on Wednesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco will make history Wednesday with the inauguration of London Breed, who will become The City’s first black female mayor during an estimated hour-long ceremony at Civic Center Plaza.

The cost of the event is not yet known, but it will not be borne by the taxpayers. Instead, it will come from donations.

“Costs associated with the inauguration are being paid for by the 2018 Inaugural Committee Fund, a 501c4,” Tara Moriarty, a spokesperson for Breed’s inaugural committee, told the San Francisco Examiner in an email Tuesday. “Due to the extremely short time frame involved with planning this civic celebration, the total costs are not finalized at this time.”

Moriarty said that the committee has “a diversity of donors and is not taking funds from registered lobbyists or their firms.” She added that “all information related to the committee will be made public once it is finalized.”

The ceremony begins at 11 am at Civic Center Plaza on the steps of City Hall, and is expected to draw more than 1,000 people. Some streets in the area will be closed, and those who cannot attend can watch the inauguration live on sfgovtv.org.

The event will be led by Renel Brooks-Moon, with Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown and Rabbi Beth Singer to deliver invocation and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom administering the oath of office. The C-Notes will perform the National Anthem and the SF Gay Men’s Chorus and Glide Ensemble will perform.

After the event, the public is invited to line up to meet with Breed in the Mayor’s Office at City Hall.

Breed isn’t the only elected official being sworn into office Wednesday. San Francisco’s next District 8 supervisor Rafael Mandelman, who beat Jeff Sheehy in the June election, will hold his own ceremony at 1 pm in City Hall.

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