Tribute to Mayor Ed Lee at SF City Hall

- It has been one year since San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee unexpectedly died of a heart attack. Tonight, the city is remembering the late mayor.

A day of remembrance for the late Mayor Ed Lee began Wednesday with a ceremony inside San Francisco's City Hall.

Colleges and city leaders showed up to pay their respects. But, it was Lee's daughter, Briana, who gave voice to the loss felt by the city and her family.

"The pure shock at how suddenly he was gone,' said Briana Lee. "Adjusting to the sharp turns that our lives all took and the strangeness of having such personal pain become public."

One year ago it was then President of The Board Of Supervisors London Breed-- who broke the news to the city, "Our mayor, Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away early this morning," Breed said at the time.

Breed talked about Ed Lee's legacy.

"His motto on a regular basis is, 'Let's get to work' and that's what we are going to continue to do for the people of San Francisco."

The tributes to Ed Lee extended beyond City Hall. In the San Francisco's Richmond District city leaders announced that the city had purchased 16 units of permanently affordable housing under the small sites program created by the late mayor himself.

The mayor's daughter, Tania, said ensuring housing for some of the city's elderly and most vulnerable is the way he would have wanted to be remembered. "I cannot imagine a more fitting way to remember my dad, and what he cared about and what he fought for," said Tania Lee.

That may not be the final honor for the former mayor. There are discussions to rename the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport and Portsmouth Square in Chinatown in honor of Ed Lee.
 

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