San Francisco Mayor London Breed nominated small-business owner Manny Yekutiel on Monday to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board.
Yekutiel, owner of restaurant, bookstore and political event space Manny’s in the Mission, is also a member of the city’s Small Business Commission and board member of the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association.
The nomination, which requires Board of Supervisors approval, would fill the sixth of the seven SFMTA board positions. In August, the Board of Supervisors rejected Breed’s nomination of transit advocate Jane Natoli and approved nominee Sharon Lai, a former city planner. Breed called the board’s rejection of Natoli’s appointment a “deeply cynical move that represents what is wrong with San Francisco politics.”
Natoli would have been the first transgender woman to serve on the board that oversees a huge swath of the city’s transportation and transit infrastructure, including Muni’s budget, parking and safe bike lanes.
The SFMTA board