Dennis Herrera took the oath of office for a new term as city attorney Wednesday, touting some accomplishments, but also looking forward to what he says will be important in the coming years: fighting for the middle class and working families in San Francisco.
Lest anyone forget, Herrera took office as city attorney in 2002. He has since then defended a number of city policies, including then-Mayor Gavin Newsom's decision to issue to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004 — a legal issue that the City Attorney's Office played a role in all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court last year.
Even with nationwide consumer cases and other large cases as experience, Herrera said he is keeping a focus on San Franciscans, according to a press release from his office about the new term.
From the press release:
“So much of the unheralded work our office does is about protecting San Francisco's working poor and middle class families, and those efforts have never been more important than they are today,” said Herrera. “The cases we pursue involving wage theft and universal healthcare, protecting tenants and immigrants, consumers and low-income borrowers, fighting for City College's future and more — they're about defending San Franciscans who are being squeezed like never before. It's where our heart has always been as an office, and as we head into a new term, I intend for us to redouble our efforts to fight for those facing new and daunting economic challenges.”