Sandra Lee Fewer

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Sandra Lee Fewer
Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 1
Assumed office
January 8, 2017
Mayor Ed Lee
Mark Farrell
London Breed
Preceded by Eric Mar
Constituency1st district
Personal details
Born1956/1957 (age 62–63) [1]
Political party Democratic (affiliated)
ResidenceSan Francisco, California
Alma mater City College of San Francisco
Golden Gate University ( BA) ( MPA)
Website Board of Supervisors
District 1 website

Sandra Lee Fewer ( Chinese: 李麗嫦) is an American politician who serves as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing Supervisorial District 1. It includes the neighborhoods of Inner Richmond, Central Richmond, Outer Richmond, Lone Mountain, Golden Gate Park, Lincoln Park, and University of San Francisco.

Personal life and education

Fewer is a fourth-generation Chinese American, and a San Francisco native. [2] [3] She and her husband, former San Francisco police officer John Fewer, raised their three children in the Richmond district, where she has lived for over 50 years. [1] [2] [4]

Fewer has a bachelor's degree in Justice Administration and a master's degree in Public Administration. [5]


Fewer was elected to the San Francisco Board of Education in 2008, and served there for eight years. [3] [6] She was elected president of the school board in 2014. [5]

From 2001 to 2009, Fewer served as a director for Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth. [2] [5]

Fewer was elected as the District 1 representative of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in November 2016, replacing supervisor Eric Mar who had reached his term limit. [6] She was sworn in on January 8, 2017, becoming the first female supervisor of the Richmond district. [7] Her election created a female majority on the Board of Supervisors for the first time in 20 years. [7]

On November 5, 2019, at an election night party for then-candidate for district attorney Chesa Boudin, Fewer led the crowd in a chant of "fuck the POA", referring to the San Francisco Police Officers Association. SFPOA president Tony Montoya called for Fewer to apologize, calling her words "worrisome and completely unacceptable and unbecoming of someone elected to represent all San Franciscans." [8] [9]

In an open letter, Fewer apologized to SFPD officers but not the SFPOA, whose leadership she described as having "a long and sordid history of opposing police reforms, publishing explicitly racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric, and directly threatening their critics, including my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors, myself and my husband, and its own members." [10] Fewer's claim that the SFPOA leadership threatened her were later substantiated when Mission Local published an email in which former POA President Gary Delagnes threatened to release the disciplinary records of Fewer's husband, a retired SFPD officer. Delagnes doubled down on his threat in the article, telling Mission Local editor Joe Eskenazi that "you can tell Sandra the next time she opens her mouth, I'm going to release John's record." [9]

Fewer authored the People Over Profits ordinance, which prohibits the city from profiting off of communication services such as phone calls and price markups within the jail commissary. The measure is built off of London Breed and Vicki Hennessy's efforts in June 2019 calling for similar reduction in fines. It was unanimously passed by the Board in July 2020. [11]

Selected awards and recognition

See also


  1. ^ a b Matthew S. Bajko (October 13, 2016). "Political Notebook: Moms battle for SF District 1 supe seat". Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Heather Knight (January 16, 2016). "City Hall's 5-year mom drought may end in November". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "The School Board Graduate – Sandra Lee Fewer, Richmond". The Bay City Beacon. January 2, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  4. ^ Nikki Collister (December 23, 2016). "New District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer Talks Affordable Housing, Transit, Education, More". Hoodline. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "School Board Elects Officers for 2014 Sandra Lee Fewer is New Board President". San Francisco Unified School District. January 15, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Emily Green (November 21, 2017). "Sandra Lee Fewer wins SF supervisor's race". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Nikki Collister (January 9, 2017). "Eschewing City Hall, District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer Takes Oath Of Office In The Richmond". Hoodline. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  8. ^ Sernoffsky, Evan (October 6, 2019) "SF supervisor leads anti-police union ‘F— the POA’ chant at DA election party." San Francisco Chronicle. (Retrieved November 6, 2019.)
  9. ^ a b Eskenazi, Joe. "Former police union boss threatened supervisor by warning he'd leak her husband's confidential police records". Mission Local.
  10. ^ Sandra Lee, Fewer [@SandraLeeFewer] (November 6, 2019). "An open letter to San Francisco Police Officers" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Service, Bay City News (July 1, 2020). "Board Approves Permanent Ban On Profiting Off Phone Calls And Other Jail Services". SFGate. Retrieved July 15, 2020.

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