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San Francisco State Senator Plunges Off Building*

*No, not that one. The other guy. For charity.

State Senator Mark Leno preparing to descend.

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Leno safely on the ground.

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Giants mascot Lou Seal

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Supervisor David Chiu

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A San Francisco State Senator stepped off the roof of a 23-story downtown building this afternoon.

No, it wasn't Leland Yee. Don't be that morbid. What's wrong with you?

That's a picture of the City's other senator, Mark Leno, as he began to rappell down the face of the Hyatt on Market Street earlier this afternoon. The stunt was part of a fundraising effort by Outward Bound California, called the City Skyline Challenge to help raise money for its programs serving underprivileged youth at local schools.

"You twirl a little bit as you go down, so I had the pleasure of looking at the Bay Bridge and the Ferry Building," said Leno. "I really respect all that Outward Bound does, especially with the Larkin Street Youth." Leno said that even though he was prepped and trained, the 240 foot descent was still a challenge. "I've certainly never stepped off a building. One of the things that went through my mind was to just keep breathing."

According to the event organizers, participants—including Leno, board president David Chiu, and Giants mascot Lou Seal (who went in full costume) participated in "a free-hanging rappel off at 23-story building in San Francisco’s downtown corporate hub." The goal was to raise a quarter of a million dollars to help raise money for Outward Bound California—a target that the group passed this afternoon.

The organization's Executive Director, Josh Brankman, said "We're trying to give people a taste of challenge and adventure while supporting the youth of the community." He's scheduled to head over the ledge tomorrow. "I couldn't get away with not doing it."

The event continues until five this evening, and then tomorrow from nine am to five pm.

"I told them I'd do it next year too," said Leno.

 

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