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Introducting Katy Tang: SF's Newest Supervisor

Scott Lucas | March 8, 2013 | Story Politics

Katy Tang has lived almost her entire life in the Sunset District. So when Mayor Ed Lee appointed her to be the new Supervisor for District Four, she already had almost everybody's phone number. She'll need them, because the new Supervisor already has an ambitious agenda, especially given that she's only just moved into her new office and hasn't even hired all of her staffers yet.

But she's settling into the new job quickly, having already carried a 300-page piece of legislation for the Planning Department to clean up typos and ambiguities in the code."I've already seen the gamut of issues, having briefed [Carmen Chu] for five years," she says.

One of her biggest issue is public transportation. "We have the longest commutes in the City," she says. Another project is to have the City's economic development "trickle down" to the Avenues. "Take America's Cup," she says. "We want have our district's merchants to partner with the organizers to attract folks out here to watch the events at a bar on Irving and then grab a bite at Underdogs." She's also positioning herself as a fiscal hawk on budget issues, claiming that "often our residents feel they are the stepchildren of the city. I want to make sure thier needs are addressed to plan for the long-term fiscal health of the city."

Tang's a proud Lowell High School alumnus, who as a student played flute at Carnege Hall with their band. "That's the symphonic band," she points out. "The highest level band they had." To deal with the stresses of her current job, she runs Lake Merced and does Bikram yoga. She still loves walking the family dog, although she admits that "my parents are very low-key people. I think they'd prefer if I had a lower-profile job." No chance of that anymore.


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