To be honest, “inaugural address” seems a little grandiose. Mayor Edwin M. Lee’s first talk to the city he’s leading was serious and self-effacing but also down to earth. He thanked those who have promoted him for the mayor’s job and entrusted him with the responsibility; he talked about his past, what he believes in, and all those for whom he’s fought; and he promised to be a mayor of all the people of the city.

Here’s an almost complete version of the speech—we missed the opening sentence in which he thanked the Board of Supervisors for “this fantastic opportunity.” But it picks up from there:

Mayor Edwin M. Lee inaugural address

Mayor Ed Lee’s Inaugural Address 11 January,2011Dan Brekke


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area’s transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED’s comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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