SAN FRANCISCO — The casket of late Sen. Dianne Feinstein arrived at San Francisco’s City Hall Wednesday to lie in state as mourners paid their respects to the trailblazing lawmaker.
The public is invited to pay their respects and sign a condolence book between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. inside the rotunda of City Hall, where Feinstein became San Francisco’s first woman mayor and first woman president of the city’s Board of Supervisors before moving on to become the longest-serving woman senator in U.S. history.
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A hearse containing the senator’s casket arrived at San Francisco City Hall at 8 a.m. It was carried into the building past a number of dignitaries including San Francisco Mayor London Breed, members of Feinstein’s family and an honor guard of San Francisco police officers and firefighters.
A growing line of people was gathering outside of City Hall to pass through security and pay their respects to the late senator in the rotunda as the casket arrived. Early visitors included members of Feinstein’s staff when doors opened at 9 a.m.
A steady stream of visitors filed by Feinstein’s casket throughout the morning as two San Francisco policemen wearing white gloves stood solemnly at each end. The San Francisco government YouTube channel was streaming from the City Hall rotunda.
Polk Street will close to traffic in front of City Hall from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday while Feinstein lies in state.
The memorial service for the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein being held at San Francisco City Hall Thursday afternoon will feature speakers including Vice President Kamala Harris, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a recorded message from President Joe Biden.
Officials. In addition to live appearances by Harris and Pelosi and the recorded message from Mr. Biden, other speakers include San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Senate Majority Leader and New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Sen. Feinstein’s granddaughter, Eileen Mariano.
Feinstein’s office hadand closed to the public due to limited space, though a livestream would be available. Officials later announced that the service would be held outside on the steps to San Francisco’s City Hall with standing room available for the public in Civic Center Plaza.
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