Leland Yee officially kicks off campaign for mayor 

State Sen. Leland Yee made it official, well, again: He is running for San Francisco mayor.

One of nine candidates who participated in a mostly uneventful forum Thursday night, Yee spoke before a raucous crowd of supporters Saturday morning at his campaign headquarters at Van Ness Avenue and Turk Street.

Yee, who represents The City in Sacramento, touted San Francisco’s unions, his support for education and a movement toward more affordable housing.

“We want to make sure you will have a place to call home in San Francisco and you can survive, and you can thrive,” Yee said.

The senator pointed out a centralized hospital system as something The City should strive for, and said if the California Pacific Medical Center wants to play that role, it must acknowledge neighbor concerns and allow nurses to unionize. The CPMC is currently working with city leaders to hash out the terms of a new facility on Cathedral Hill at Van Ness Avenue and Geary Boulevard.

Yee also acknowledged labor and education leaders, along with Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, who showed up with a gaggle of red-shirted staff in tow. After the speech, Yee’s campaign organizers divided up supporters into groups to take to the streets for canvassing.

“Let’s get out there,” Yee said.

dschreiber@sfexaminer.com

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