Summary: the first Asian-American mayor of San Francisco, California who oversaw a technology-driven economic boom in the city that brought with it sky-high housing prices when he was appointed mayor by the Board of Supervisors in 2011, replacing Gavin Newsom (who was elected the state's lieutenant governor), who later won a four-year term in 2011 and was re-elected in 2015 but who was a staunch supporter of the city's sanctuary city policy toward illegal immigrants during a stance he reiterated in November 2017 when a Mexican man who had been repeatedly deported was acquitted of murder in the 2015 killing of Kate Steinle as the case became a flashpoint in the nation's immigration debate, and who was an advocate for the poor, but detractors claimed he created 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 because housing prices have surged in San Francisco with modest homes now topping $1.5 million, and who faced criticism for not doing more to provide affordable housing for the working class.
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Born: May 5, 1952
Died: December 12, 2017
Location: San Francisco, California