San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65

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 early Tuesday at age 65.

Dr. Susan Ehrlich of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital said Lee arrived at the hospital in critical condition shortly after 10 p.m. Monday.

Lee was the 43rd mayor of San Francisco and the first elected mayor of Chinese descent in a city steeped in Chinese American history.

Lee was appointed mayor in 2011 to fill the remainder of Gavin Newsom's term when he was elected lieutenant governor. 'Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anita, his two daughters, Brianna and Tania, and his family'. "Family, friends and colleagues were at his side", his office said in a statement, according to the Examiner.

Just last week he lamented to friend and San Francsico State University political science teacher David Lee that there were not enough younger Asian Americans entering San Francisco politics.

But San Francisco assemblyman and former supervisor David Chiu disagrees.

In accordance with the City Charter, Board of Supervisors President London Breed became Acting Mayor of San Francisco, effectively immediately, CBS San Francisco reports.

Born in Seattle to Chinese immigrants, Lee grew up in public housing - an experience that helped shape his outlook.

"I think we have wonderful diversity of leadership in the Chinese and Asian community and beyond". She is the city's first black female mayor. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1974, and then attended UC Berkeley for law school, graduating in 1978.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein released a statement after Lee's death, saying that it's a very sad day for San Francisco and all who knew Ed.

In 2015, he ran against a slate of little-known candidates who criticized him as doing more for tech leaders than for poor people.

Lee worked as a civil rights attorney at the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco, where he was an advocate for affordable housing and the rights of tenants and immigrants.

  • Joe Gonzales