Gascón sworn in as district attorney 

click to enlarge Promise: District Attorney George Gascón vowed to measure his success not by the number of prisoners behind bars, but “by the safety of each street corner and alley in this city.” - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE SF EXAMINER
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  • Promise: District Attorney George Gascón vowed to measure his success not by the number of prisoners behind bars, but “by the safety of each street corner and alley in this city.”

George Gascón was sworn in Thursday night as San Francisco’s first Hispanic district attorney before a packed auditorium at Mission High School.

In a neighborhood he likened to the gritty East Los Angeles barrio where he was raised after his family fled their native Cuba, Gascón spoke first to his parents, wife and children, thanking them in Spanish.

He told the audience he never believed he would become district attorney “of this incredible, wonderful city.”

Gascón — who was feted onstage by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, former mayors Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom, and former District Attorney Kamala Harris — laid out a platform of toughness against violent crime, but thoughtfulness on the crisis of prison overpopulation.

“I will not measure my success by the number of faces behind bars,” Gascón said. “I will measure my success by the safety of each street corner and alley in this city.”

Gascón was appointed by Newsom to replace Harris last year when she was elected state attorney general.

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