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San Francisco Mayor Actually Uses Public Transit



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    Mayor Ed Lee was recently seen on BART.

    From the start of his tenure as mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee has made it clear that he's no Gavin Newsom. Case in point: he was recently seen riding BART.

    A Chronicle staffer spotted the mayor at a BART station in Oakland, walking to a local governance meeting. Lee explained that BART seemed like the easiest way to get from the City to the East Bay. (Sure, but just try making the same trip after the bars close down.)

    It's not the first time Lee has said "no" to taking a Newsom-style private car. A few weeks ago, he talked to a meeting in the Tenderloin, according to the Chron.

    Newsom, meanwhile, was notorious for his avoidance of Muni. One political observer offered a bounty for a photograph of Newsom on a city bus. Nobody ever collected.

    Meanwhile, Lee's prospective replacements are gearing up for a high-energy mayoral election. SF Weekly reports that Leland Yee crawled Mission hipster spots this weekend. David Chiu spent the weekend talking to labor, and Phil Ting held a "solutions palooza."

    Bevan Dufty put in appearances at the DogFest in Duboce Park, a health event at a YMCA, a ride in the Cherry Blossom Festival, and a party at Underground SF. Dennis Herrera, meanwhile, spent the weekend working with volunteers at his headquarters.