SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The owner of a popular civic engagement space in San Francisco’s Mission District has been nominated to serve on the board of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the mayor’s office said Monday.
Manny Yekutiel, owner of Manny’s, a gathering space, cafe, restaurant and bookstore, was nominated by Mayor London Breed. Yekutiel is currently on the San Francisco Small Business Commission and is a member of the board for the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association.
Manny’s has been hosting public forums on a range of issues from COVID-19 to climate change to transportation including congestion pricing in the city.
“Manny knows how to bring people together and make sure everyone has a chance to share their diverse perspectives,” the mayor said in a statement.
“He’s a regular rider of public transportation in our City and understands how critical Muni is to everyone in our City, especially our workers,” she said.
Muni is the light rail system serving a variety of neighborhoods in San Francisco. Breed said she thinks Yekutiel will bring a fresh perspective to the SFMTA board.
Yekutiel said he is honored to be nominated.
“If given the opportunity to serve, I promise to be a fierce advocate for all San Franciscans and will bring my perspective and my passion as a small business owner to the Board,” he said.
Yekutiel lives in the city’s Castro District.
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