December 12, 2017

From our president, Tung Nguyen:

A sad day for San Francisco and Asian American politics. Ed rose from being an Asian American civil rights advocate into a highly respected city manager---he was the unanimous choice to take over for Gavin Newsom. As a mayor, he did a lot of great things, including a strong emphasis on human and immigrant rights, and a willingness to try new ways of addressing health and homelessness.

Progressives in the city had some reservations about him, mostly around housing and development. But he was a man who tried hard in whatever way he could to help in whatever role he was in.

“Decades ago, I was about as anti-establishment as one could be,” he said. “But today, like you, I’m trying to make the establishment work for all San Franciscans.”

Ed Lee, San Francisco Mayor, Dies at 65