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Friday, January 7, 2011

Ed Lee Breaks Silence On Interim Mayor, Says He Will Take The Job

Posted By on Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 6:16 AM

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Apparently, City Administrator Ed Lee is taking calls -- just not from progressive supervisors.
As the Examiner reports today, Lee's buddies in Chinatown broke the news that he will take the job as Mayor Gavin Newsom's successor --  if he has to. Gordon Chin, executive director of the Chinatown Community Development Center recited the following statement from Lee:

"Members of the public have approached me about serving in this position. I love this city and will agree to serve as mayor, if that is the will of the Board of Supervisors."

That answers at least one question progressive supervisors have for Lee, who is reportedly in Hong Kong or Taiwan.

Lee weaves into his statement a few other unanswered questions; he vows to balance the budget and generate new jobs -- and do this without creating a chaotic city.

But this sweet, yet somewhat tardy, statement might not satisfy Supervisor John Avalos, who has been trying to track down Lee and talk to him before today's vote on interim mayor.

Avalos, who supported Sheriff Michael Hennessey for interim mayor, was just one supervisor who has been e-mailing, calling and texting Lee -- and getting no response. Avalos had vowed to not cast his vote for interim mayor until he could reach Lee and ask him a few things.

"He was nominated as mayor and he needs to return some calls," Avalos told the SF Weekly.

The interim mayor showdown will continue later today, no doubt with more surprises to come.

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