Yet more changes on Newsom’s staff

More staffing changes in Mayor Gavin Newsom’s administration have been announced since the mayor’s departure from the governor’s race.

The mayor recently hired Yashar Hedayat, who worked on his gubernatorial campaign, as deputy chief of staff in charge of operations, said spokesman Joe Arellano.

Hedayat will earn $131,000 per year rather than the $145,000 usually offered in the position due to The City’s budget troubles, the Mayor’s Office said. The mayor will keep just two deputy chiefs of staff as opposed to the five his office had had at one point, it said.

Also, Newsom dismissed Alfredo Pedroza and Alex Randolph from the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, the Mayor’s Office said.

“Alex and Alfredo did a great job serving San Francisco's LGBT and Latino communities,” Newsom spokesman Joe Arellano said. “The mayor is thankful for their years of service to The City and we know they'll do well in their future endeavors.”

The two were the latest of several changes that have been made to the mayor’s staff. More will occur as Newsom heads into the final months of his second term, which ends January 2012, the Mayor’s Office said.

Last month, Kevin Ryan, director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, resigned. The announcement came on the heels of the mayor’s press secretary, Nathan Ballard, also resigning.

Also departing was Department of Environment chief Jared Blumenfeld, who resigned for a gig with the Environmental Protection Agency, and Film Commission executive director Stefanie Coyote, who was dismissed.

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