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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Lee Already Proving he Isn't Gavin Newsom

Posted By on Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 8:50 AM

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Ed Lee is back from Asia and has reportedly, started prepping for his new job as interim mayor. The Board of Supervisors is expected to appoint Lee to the position in a special meeting later this afternoon. 

Lee, who would be the first Chinese-American to serve as San Francisco's chief executive, is spending his day meeting with reporters and department heads to start picking away at the $360 million budget deficit.

Although Lee was a Newsom pick, he has been described by local pundits as apolitical, which is where he diverges from the Newsom machine.

Lee confirms in an interview with the Bay Citizen that he plans to be on the right side of the Board of Supervisors going forward, which is a change of direction from Newsom's operation. 

"It's been my philosophy for 21 years in government to reach out to all the stakeholders and to consider everyone's concern," Lee tells the Bay Citizen. "You can be sure there is going to be open communication between the legislative and the executive on every major issue."

This was evidenced by his Monday afternoon meeting with Supervisor David Chiu, where the theme of the discussion centered around repairing the historically acrimonious relationship between the Mayor's Office and the Board of Supervisors. 

Chiu, who has taken his own share of verbal beatings as of late, said he was feeling very positive about this new direction for the mayor and city supervisors. 

"We are moving into a new phase of the relationship," Chiu said. "Ed is someone who already has working relationships with all of us, I feel very, very good. Ed is ready to start."

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