STATEMENT: Acting Governor Newsom on Death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee


SAN FRANCISCO - Acting California Governor and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement upon the death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and ordered flags at the Capitol and on all state buildings throughout California to be flown at half-staff in memorial:

"Jennifer and I are absolutely heartbroken by the news of Mayor Lee's passing. San Francisco has lost a selfless leader, a dedicated servant to the public, and a tireless bearer of equality's torch.

"His intellect, unshakable integrity, boundless optimism and contagious love for San Francisco elevated the City to greater heights. He steered San Francisco with an unshakable hand, an indomitable spirit, and a great sense of humor.

"Most of all, we mourn the loss of a dear friend. Our prayers and profound condolences go out to Anita, Brianna, Tania and all of Mayor Lee's wonderful family, as the entire State of California grieves with them."