His mentors include Feinstein and Pelosi. Newsom's wife, TV legal commentator Kimberly Guilfoyle Newsom, is one of his most trusted advisers.
Newsom said he places a high value on the ``skill sets'' he associates with his mother, who died last year. Her ability to juggle multiple tasks left an indelible mark, he said.
``At the end of the day I was looking for the best, but part of what I mean by the best is extending the definition of what a chief of police and a fire chief should be,'' Newsom said. ``I'm not sure it's even kinder and softer, but a capacity to balance an extraordinary amount and at the same time recognize the importance of developing relationships.''
At a news conference with Fong, Harris said: ``Absolutely, there is significance in it, and the significance is showing we can change the perception of what or who can make a community feel safe.''
And then, San Francisco's top cop and prosecutor parted ways with a hug.