Politically charged measures for the November ballot are drawing hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations. Read More
A politically charged ballot measure that would force city workers to pay more for their benefits overcame one legal challenge and will stay on the Nov. 2 ballot.
A coalition of labor unions filed a lawsuit hoping to disqualify Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s Proposition B, the city retirement and health measure. On Monday, Superior Court Judge Harold Khan rejected those arguments. Read More
Ken Garcia’s Friday column, “Saying one thing, doing another,” accuses me of “runaway government spending” and states that the Public Defender’s Office is “eating up a disproportionate share of San Francisco’s budget.” Read More
Farming out court cases instead of having the Public Defender’s Office handle them has cost The City an additional $2 million, according to records.
Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s office outsourced more than 1,000 cases in 2009 due to “unavailability,” according to city records. Read More
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi just launched an effort to put a measure on November’s ballot that would increase the amount of money city employees must pay for retirement benefits. Recently, he sat down with me to discuss the initiative.What exactly does your proposal do? Read More
The scandal that has unfolded at the San Francisco Police Department crime lab is in its early stages, but issues at other facilities have proved costly in the long run.
Houston is paying out $5 million after a man spent 17 years in prison for rape charges that were overturned on faulty evidence. Read More
On Wednesday, the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee will consider a request from the public defender to fill vacant positions to meet his caseload. Adachi is seeking $618,893 a year to fill seven positions. He says it would fix an imbalance between departments because during the past six months more than 200 positions have been hired for law enforcement departments and Superior Court. Read More
Public Defender Jeff Adachi fought budget cuts to his office harder than most anyone else this budget season — and he’s still at it, claiming that his office has been unable to rehire a number of positions that have recently become vacant.