You didn’t have to ask City Attorney Dennis Herrera what might come of his third term when he was sworn-in to the post at City Hall Thursday.
To know the guy means business, all you had to do was hear a listing of the many major victories his office garnered in the past eight years and gander at the even longer list of high-end dignitaries that packed into the North Light Court room to honor the city attorney.
Heck, even Herrera’s son, Declan, impressed the bigwigs. In front of a crowd of hundreds, the 8-year-old not only recited a near flawless speech wishing his father luck, but did so in both Mandarin and English.
It’s all in the genes, we’re guessing.
At any rate, speeches from Herrera and his son evoked standing ovations during a brief ceremony that was flooded with important people.
Herrera was sworn-in by Assemblyman John Pérez, D-Los Angeles, only hours after Pérez was elected as the Assembly’s next speaker. Four San Francisco mayors attended, including Gavin Newsom, Willie Brown, Frank Jordan and Art Agnos.
For more name-dropping: California Treasurer Bill Lockyer, former Democratic Party Chairman Art Torres, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, Police Chief George Gascon, and several current members of The City’s board of supervisors attended.
The list of dignitaries goes on and on, but we’ll stop here. Just know that if you were important, your name was announced, everyone clapped for you, and that went on for a while.
And also, the room was flooded with attorneys. Lots and lots of attorneys.
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