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San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee oversaw explosive growth

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee oversaw explosive growth

Mayor Ed Lee, who oversaw a technology-driven economic boom in San Francisco that brought with it sky-high housing prices despite his lifelong commitment to economic equality, died suddenly yesterday at age 65.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee with Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White and then-Police Chief Greg Suhr in 2013. "His life and leadership were rooted in a powerful sense of human decency that inspired me. While I grieve today with Mayor Lee's loved ones and all San Franciscans, I will always be grateful for the honor of calling him a brother, friend, and colleague".

Edwin Mah Lee was born May 5, 1952, in Seattle to Chinese immigrants who hailed from Toisan, a rural village in the southern province of Guangdong, China.

Former Mayor Willie Brown told ABC Bay Area that Lee, who had served since 2011 and was the city's first Asian mayor, had died of cardiac arrest.

San Francisco Sheriff's Department says they will "miss his positive vision".

Lee will be succeeded by London Breed, the San Francisco board of supervisors president. "He was trained to be a social worker", said Mel Lee.

Mayor Edwin M. Lee speaking with ANCA San Francisco board member Roxanne Makasdjian during a Genocide commemoration at the Mt. Davidson Cross
Mayor Edwin M. Lee speaking with ANCA San Francisco board member Roxanne Makasdjian during a Genocide commemoration at the Mt. Davidson Cross

"He won a four-year term in 2011 and Twitter of course became an anchor tenant in a revitalized mid-Market; in fact, it became a symbol of a tech industry that many thought was taking over the city".

A statement from his office noted that "it is with profound sadness and bad grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M Lee has passed away".

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.

Lee graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bowdoin College in ME in 1974 and went on to study law at the University of California, Berkeley.

"Sometimes he wasn't the most brilliant public speaker and he didn't seem super comfortable in that role, but when he talked to people on the street and in the Navigation Center, it was another side of Ed Lee", she said. Shortly after Lee became mayor, Oakland's Jean Quan took Ed Lee "as my date" to a White House dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao. No other details have been released. Breed was also expected to seek the office.

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