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.