Leland Yee Reverses Newsom's Direction on the I-80

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    State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, speaks during a rally held in part by the ACLU and Ella Baker Center for Human Rights to unveil a "People's Budget Fix," which includes a death penalty moratorium, closing the state's youth prisons, drug treatment, and Three Strikes reform outside Oakland's Elihu Harris State Building, on Thursday, July 30, 2009 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, Sean Donnelly) ** NO SALES; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT **

    Throw another name in the hat of people who want to replace Gavin Newsom as San Francisco's mayor.

    Mr. Newsom is set to leave the City for Sacramento a year before his term ends and some high profile names, from Willie Brown to Mark Leno, have been thrown around as potential replacements.

    State Sen. Leland Yee didn't wait for anyone to float his name as a possible replacement, the democratic senator from San Francisco and San Mateo made the announcement himself Wednesday.

    Yee filed the necessary paperwork to be considered for the position that will be open in 2012 and he said in no way is his decision meant to impact who the Board of Supervisors will choose as an interim mayor in January.

    The state senator becomes the third major candidate to declare his intention to run next year. He joins City Attorney Dennis Herrera amd Supervisor Bevan Dufty, amongst others.