Published: Wed, December 13, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Ed Lee's Favorite Team Was The City Itself

Ed Lee's Favorite Team Was The City Itself

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined other California elected officials Tuesday in mourning the sudden passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who died at a San Francisco hospital early Tuesday after suffering a heart attack while shopping at a supermarket late Monday night.

"It is with profound sadness and bad grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away", the statement said.

A statement from the Lee's office said the city's first Asian-American mayor died at 1:11 Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. He went on to win elections in 2011 and 2015.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anita, his two daughters, Brianna and Tania, and his family", officials said in a statement. "But we learn how to fight and survive at the same time", Lee said in an interview with KTVU in February 2017.

Lee was the fourth of six children and grew up in housing projects, the San Francisco Chronicle said.

But to his detractors, the growth of companies like Salesforce, Uber, Airbnb and LinkedIn changed San Francisco's character and reputation as haven for bohemians, artists and immigrants.

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Lee was San Francisco's 43rd mayor and the first of Chinese ancestry in a city that served as a hub for Chinese immigration as far back as the 1850s.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed is now the acting mayor, effectively immediately, according to the city charter.

"I think we have wonderful diversity of leadership in the Chinese and Asian community and beyond".

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is dead at 65.

Lee was born on May 5, 1952 in Seattle to immigrant parents from China. Most famously using tax incentives to convince Twitter Inc to create a grand headquarters in the city, Lee added a business-friendly note to a city known for its liberal progressive policies. He worked as the executive director of the Human Rights Commission, became director of City Purchasing, and then in 2000 was appointed director of the Department of Public Works.

Willie Brown, who was San Francisco's 41st mayor, told KRON4 he is "still numb" to the news, and says "we have lost our leader".

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