Touting the breakthrough research that allows patients to receive the highest quality care at ZSFG, Lee became instrumental in the approval earlier this year of a new UCSF academic and research facility.
Lee, who led the city during a development boom fuelled by unprecedented tech wealth, was 65. No cause was given for his death but an autopsy was planned.
Horne also settled as an adult in San Francisco, where he watched Lee's ascent with pride and a little trepidation, worrying the stress of big-city politics would wear on a the mustachioed mayor widely known as low-key and openhearted.
Local celebrities, sports figures, and national politicians sent condolences.
IA few years later, Lee began working for San Francisco as director of its Human Rights Commission.
In 2010 was appointed by then Mayor Gavin Newsom to be a San Francisco Fire Commissioner, where she served until her election to the Board of Supervisors.
As a law student, Lee represented residents of a public housing complex who sued San Francisco over unsafe and unsanitary conditions in the first tenants' rent strike against the city's housing authority, according to the Chronicle. But he changed his mind and won a four-year term in 2011, beating 15 other contenders. He was re-elected in 2015.
"I ask for your patience and I ask for your support and I ask for your prayers", Breed said at a press conference following Lee's death.
"People come here to innovate, they want to have the ideas, they want to challenge themselves with different languages and different cultures and be successful at the same time", he said.
"He was such a wonderful individual who dedicated so much of himself to public service", South Bay Assemblyman Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) remarked on Facebook this morning. Lee vetoed a measure approved by city officials to crack down on short-term rental stays.
Together, they also launched the San Francisco Cancer Initiative (SF CAN) in 2016, a major public health effort to reduce the incidence and mortality from the most common cancers in San Francisco. The figure has almost doubled since then.
As a member of the Board of Supervisors, she passed legislation making it easier for financial penalties to be imposed on graffiti taggers, and enacting the strongest Styrofoam ban in the U.S. Our City has lost a great leader and we are shocked and saddened by his passing. She has been vocal in trying to get the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to accelerate work on system improvement.
Until the vote, Breed would remain acting mayor unless the board of supervisors decides to replace her with an interim mayor, Herrera said.
In light of the recent acquittal in the murder trial of Kate Steinle's killer, who was an illegal immigrant, Breed spoke last week in defense of the policy. President Donald Trump repeatedly cited the case during his presidential campaign.
"His background as an immigrant and civil rights lawyer was really inspiring", said Sarah Vasquez Lightstone, a 2013 UC Berkeley graduate who interned with Lee in 2012. His mother was a seamstress; his father, a war veteran, died when Mr.
Public Housing has been her top priority since becoming a supervisor. "'Why do we as people take this?'" "But we learn how to fight and survive at the same time", Lee said in an interview with KTVU-TV in February.
A history teacher encouraged Lee to apply to private Bowdoin College in ME, setting the young man on a path that led to a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, an early career dedicated to renters and civil rights and an introduction to politics. He worked as a housing activist and civil rights attorney before joining city government in 1989 as a whistleblower investigator.
"It is with profound sadness and bad grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 1:11 a.m.at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital", the statement said.
A spokeswoman for Safeway stores, Wendy Gutshall, declined to confirm the report but said the store's employees "will miss seeing him in the neighborhood".
Lee died just after 1 a.m.at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital surrounded by family and friends after collapsing suddenly at a supermarket. Feinstein, a Democrat, is now California's senior USA senator. The victor will serve the remainder of Lee's term, which was set to expire in early 2020, and could also have a big leg up in the 2019 race. Breed was also expected to seek the office.