San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has died - here is his replacement

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Lee, who unexpectedly died early Tuesday at the age of 65, a year ago co-founded the group Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination with other leaders of major cities across the country to fight back against anti-LGBT laws being passed in various states.

She is the first black woman to become mayor of San Francisco. A public celebration of life will be held at City Hall on Sunday at 3 p.m. Well-wishers have been leaving flowers on the steps of San Francisco City Hall for Mayor Lee.

In 2013, Mayor Lee chose Cork City as his first global visit as mayor when he was invited to attend the city's St Patrick's Day parade as Grand Marshall.

"The City of San Francisco and State of California have lost a key ally in the fight for LGBTQ civil rights and social justice".

Lee was a civil rights activist and longtime city bureaucrat who presided over a period of remarkable economic growth but deepening economic disparity in San Francisco.

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Earlier this year, an American City Business Journals' analysis revealed Lee was the highest-paid big city mayor in America, earning an annual salary of $289,000. He was a true San Franciscan who devoted his life to serving our great city and to supporting those most in need. "He set a temperate tone for a city that desperately needed it".

Lee was an advocate for the poor but detractors claimed he catered too much to Silicon Valley, citing his brokering of a tax break in 2011 to benefit Twitter as part of a remake of the city's downtown. In an op-ed for the "San Francisco Examiner" in 2016, Breed talked about growing up in poverty, with her family of fiveliving on $900 a month.

When Lee was 15, his father died of a heart attack, and Lee worked in restaurants to help support his family. He later joined city government, leading the Human Rights Commission and the Department of Public Works, among other agencies.

City College board member Alex Randolph, a gay man initially appointed to the oversight committee in 2015 by Lee, recalled working with him to organize the same-sex wedding ceremonies that took place in 2008 when Lee was the city administrator and he was the LGBT liaison to then-mayor Gavin Newsom, whom Lee succeeded after Newsom was elected the state's lieutenant governor in 2010.

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