SAN FRANCISCO — The flag at City Hall is lowered to half-staff today, due to the passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.
According to reports, Lee suffered from a heart attack while grocery shopping late Monday night. Lee was 65-years-old.
He was pronounced dead after being treated at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital early Tuesday morning.
In accordance with the city charter, board of supervisors President London Breed is now the acting mayor of San Francisco.
She becomes the city’s first female African American Mayor, following Lee as the city’s first Asian-American mayor.
“He was humble and determined. No matter the job he held he was fair and collaborative no matter the heat of the moment,” said London Breed, acting mayor of SF. “What mattered most to him was helping is fellow San Franciscans.”
To many, Mayor Lee was an ally to the Fil-Am community in San Francisco.
“This last month we had him at the night market and he stayed when longer than we expected. He enjoyed meeting everyone,” said Hydra Mendoza, Mayor Lee’s chief of staff. “He traveled to the Philippines with us twice. It’s been a really hard day.”
“There’s the passing of Tagalog as the third official language which he signed two years ago,” said Marily Mondejar, SF commissioner. “Appointments of Filipino-Americans to important commissions, boards, and task forces. He was a dear friend to the Filipino-American community. He’ll be truly missed.”
Lee became mayor in 2011. The term expires January 8, 2020.
Breed is now acting mayor, and the board may vote to retain her or choose another candidate until the June 2018 election.