Here’s the scene this morning just after Senator Leland Yee signed some papers to indicate that he’d be willing serve as Mayor of San Francisco:
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It was pandemonium inside Room 48 today:
All right, who’s next?
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Leland Yee Announces Exploratory Committee for Mayor
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) pulled papers to officially explore a run for mayor of San Francisco.
“I am honored by the support and encouragement I have received from my family and the residents of San Francisco to consider a run for mayor,” said Yee. “Today, we begin the process of asking San Franciscans what they want of their city government and their next mayor.”
“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,” said Yee. “I look forward to talking with voters from throughout the city about my record of getting things done and fighting for kids, working families, and greater government transparency.”
“We need experienced leadership that can bring us together as one community,” said Yee. “I want to see the Mayor work with, and not against the Board of Supervisors. The next mayor should partner with the school board, parents and teachers to improve our public schools. It is time we get back to basics, fix Muni, create jobs and continue to lead on important issues like the environment and human rights.”
For the past eight years, Yee has served San Francisco in the State Assembly and State Senate, where he has one of the best legislative track records. Among the 100 laws he has authored, Yee has brought greater transparency and accountability to government and has focused on issues surrounding children and schools, working families, the environment, mental health, domestic violence, civil rights, and consumers. He has also opposed all budget cuts to education and critical health and social services.
Prior to the State Legislature, Yee served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors where he created the largest rainy-day fund in the city’s history and passed the best government transparency and public access ordinance in the country. As a member of the San Francisco Board of Education, Yee reduced class sizes, increased access to school services, streamlined bureaucracy, and brought higher curriculum standards.
Yee immigrated to San Francisco at the age of 3. His father, a veteran, served in the US Army and the Merchant Marine. Yee is a graduate of the University of California – Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and City College of San Francisco, and holds a Ph.D. in Child Psychology. He and his wife, Maxine, have raised four children who all attended San Francisco public schools.