Former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos is awaiting a quadruple heart bypass after being diagnosed this past week with congestive heart failure.
Agnos, 77, is resting at his home in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood. He is awaiting word on an appointment for surgery in Ohio at the Cleveland Clinic. Agnos says he feels fine -- and he sounds strong, based on a phone conversation with him Saturday afternoon.
Agnos served 11 years in the state Assembly before being elected mayor of San Francisco in 1987. He defeated Supervisor John Molinari 70-30 percent in a runoff election.
Agnos served one term as mayor from 1988 to 1992, losing to former Police Chief Frank Jordan. The four years of his tenure were buffeted by controversy over a homeless encampment in Civic Center Plaza, the height of the AIDS epidemic and the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. After the quake, Agnos led the bitter fight to tear down the Embarcadero Freeway, a successful effort that cost him crucial support in Chinatown.
After leaving the mayor's office, Agnos became regional HUD director under President Bill Clinton.