Mayor Ed Lee's Accomplishments Documented and Presented to San Francisco City Archives

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

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Record Reflects Accomplishments of San Francisco’s First Chinese American Mayor; His Place in City History; and Details his Administration’s Work to Stabilize a City Struggling through the
Great Recession, Putting People Back to Work, Creating a Safer and More Livable City and Proactively Addressing the City’s Need for More Housing at all Income Levels

San Francisco, CA –City Administrator Naomi M. Kelly today formally presented “Mayor Lee and the City He Loved: A Summary of Accomplishments, 2011-2017,” a book detailing the successes and achievements of the 43rd Mayor of San Francisco Edwin M. Lee, to City Librarian Michael Lambert. Mr. Lambert accepted the book on behalf of the Daniel E. Koshland San Francisco History Center, which contains the official archives for the City and County of San Francisco.

“Today’s presentation of this important historical document of Mayor Ed Lee’s accomplishments and achievements reminds us all of the sheer magnitude of his contribution to the people of San Francisco,” said City Administrator Naomi Kelly. “What he was able to accomplish in only a few years will be felt for generations in every corner of the City. He tackled our most pressing challenges, amidst the backdrop of a City in rapid transition. He rolled up his sleeves and got it done for San Francisco, while making sure no one was left behind. This book tells that story and I am pleased it will now be memorialized for all San Franciscans.”

The presentation was made at the San Francisco Public Library’s Chinatown Branch. Previous mayoral administrations compiled and published summaries of their accomplishments at the end of their tenures, most recently former Mayor Newsom in 2010. However, because of Mayor Lee’s tragic, unexpected passing in 2017 almost two years before the end of his second term, the record of his administration’s accomplishments and highlights was not completed and presented to the City Archives until now.

"San Francisco Public Library is honored to add this important book to our collection, a book that captures the tremendous leadership of Mayor Ed Lee, who was such a staunch champion of our world-class library system," said City Librarian Michael Lambert. "Mayor Lee was instrumental in the success of the Branch Library Improvement Program-- the largest library capital project in San Francisco's history. He also provided the impetus and funding to expand hours and ensure every neighborhood library in the city would be open seven days a week. Our libraries and residents benefitted greatly under the leadership of Mayor Lee."

The book details Mayor Lee’s Administration from 2011 to 2017 and his work on critical issues that faced the City, such as the need for more housing at all income levels, housing the homeless, providing clean and safe neighborhoods, building a resilient city, improving local and regional transportation, fighting climate change, introducing innovation and new technology into city government, strengthening the City’s social safety net,and fighting for civil rights, equity and inclusion amidst a backdrop of national attacks on our civic values, all while celebrating the City that is San Francisco.

Excerpts from “Mayor Lee and the City He Loved: A Summary of Accomplishments, 2011-2017”

Getting People Back to Work: During Mayor Lee’s time in office, San Francisco added 145,000 jobs and unemployment dropped from 9.6 percent in January 2011 to 2.3 percent in November 2017, the lowest recorded rate in City history.

Re-envisioning San Francisco Public Housing: Under Mayor Lee’s leadership, San Francisco’s Housing Authority initiated a $2 billion project to transfer 3,500 public housing units across 29 sites to private, community-based nonprofits, and invest $700 million in much needed capital improvements. The program is improving living conditions for more than 10,000 low-income residents.

A New Way to Address Street Homelessness: Frustrated with the endless cycle of the shelter system, Mayor Lee created the Navigation Center model that eliminated the typical barriers that prevented people experiencing homelessness from seeking shelter and engaging with the City to stabilize their lives.

Nurturing Neighborhoods and Small Business: Mayor Lee launched the Invest in Neighborhoods Initiative to bolster local jobs, keep merchant corridors vibrant and help small businesses start, stay and grow in their neighborhood.

Public Safety Infrastructure: Mayor Lee helped build a new public safety headquarters in Mission Bay, seismically strengthened and improved fire and police stations throughout the City, and made critical investments in first responder communications infrastructure.

About the Daniel E. Koshland San Francisco History Center

The Daniel E. Koshland San Francisco History Center contains a research collection of books, newspapers and magazines, photographs, maps, posters, archives and manuscript collections, and ephemera, documenting all aspects of San Francisco life and history. The Center is also the archives for the City and County of SanFrancisco and is located at the San Francisco Public Library’s Main Branch. 

May 28, 2019