From the L.A. Times PolitiCal blog:

“A week after San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was elected lieutenant governor, state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) filed papers Wednesday to form an exploratory committee as a first step to running for mayor next year.

When Newsom vacates his post as mayor in January, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will appoint a replacement to fill out the remainder of Newsom’s term. San Francisco will elect a new mayor to a full, four-year term in November. A Yee spokesman said he is not actively seeking an appointment from the board. The next regular election for mayor is November 2011.

“Today, we begin the process of asking San Franciscans what they want of their city government and their next mayor,” Yee said in a statement. “As someone who grew up in San Francisco, attended public schools, raised a family and has been serving this city for over 20 years, I am excited about starting this new discussion.” Read the full story.

In a related development on Tuesday, SF Supervisor John Avalos introduced a motion to nominate and appoint a mayor to succeed Gavin Newsom at next week’s board meeting. According to PolitiCal, “A Yee spokesman said he is not actively seeking an appointment from the board.”

Leland Yee Announces SF Mayoral Bid 10 November,2010Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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