“San Francisco will always be San Francisco.” (Courtesy photo)

Open letter to the people of San Francisco

San Franciscans,

I know that many of you are feeling anxious following this divisive and polarizing presidential election. It seems hard to believe that after so many months of ugliness that our country will find a way to come together and move forward.

But in many of the conversations I’ve had over the last week, one thing has been abundantly clear.

San Francisco will always be San Francisco. We will continue to fight for what we believe is right, we will continue to lead on the tough issues that many shy away from, and we will continue to be a city that values every single one of its residents. Nothing will ever change this.

I am confident that we will come together bound by the values we cherish and are known for across the nation. Values of inclusiveness, diversity, collaboration, integrity, serving the public and compassion for one another. These values are what will carry us forward.

This is not the time to lose hope. Our work is not done. In fact, it’s far from it. There is so much left to do to better the lives of San Franciscans, and it’s up to us to work together to do it. We’ve done it before — as a Sanctuary City, leading on marriage equality and providing affordable health care to all.

It’s my commitment to every San Franciscan that we will continue to lead on Human Rights, Immigrant Rights, Anti-Racism, LGBT rights, affordable health care for all, environmental stewardship and more. Strong cities, focused on our values can help inspire the future. Together, let us push San Francisco to be that strong city.

We must come together to ensure that San Francisco is a place where our residents and families thrive; where our communities are safe and livable; and where we continue to create a City that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. Your unified commitment to the values of San Franciscans gives me hope and inspiration each day.

Edwin M. Lee is the mayor of San Francisco.

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