Did you know that San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, dies at 65?
Did you know that Lee was a Seattle-born son of Chinese immigrants who spent part of his
childhood in public housing and attended Franklin High School?
Did you know that “Mayor Ed Lee has a long history of breaking barriers — he was the
first member of his family to attend college then became the first Asian
American to lead San Francisco?
Did you know that Lee was mentored
by older student Gary Locke, who went on to become a
Did you know that Like Locke, Lee served as class president?
Did you know that a history teacher encouraged Lee to apply to private Bowdowin College
in Maine, setting the young man on a path that led to a law degree from
the University of California at Berkeley?
Did you know that earlier in Lee’s career he was dedicated to
renters and civil rights and an introduction to politics?
Did you know that Lee headed San Francisco’s Human Rights Commission, then held several
other roles in the city’s government, including public-works director?
Did you know that in 2011, he was elected San
Did you know that Lee, was a married father of two, grappled with a tech boom
and a housing crisis while defending his city’s sanctuary policies
Did you know that Lee’s statement to the people was “I am able to make a link to the Asian communities,” he told Northwest Asian Weekly the year he was elected. “Being mayor helps them to know that they no longer are second-class citizens?”
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