Public Defender Jeff Adachi is gearing up for a serious political campaign in a battle of dueling pension measures.
Adachi has said he would drop his ballot measure if Mayor Ed Lee’s measure, reached by consensus with unions, is changed by increasing workers’ contribution rates to generate more savings. However, that seems unlikely to happen. Read More
Child pornography charges against medical-marijuana guru Dennis Peron became cloudier last week after District Attorney George Gascón announced that police involved in a raid of Peron’s residence are now under investigation for misconduct in other cases.
The Aug. 4 raid of Peron’s residence, which doubles as a bed and breakfast known as the “Castro Castle,” turned up child pornography on computers and several types of drugs, according to a police affidavit. Read More
San Francisco prosecutors dropped 34 felony cases this week — one involving a gun charge — because of “credibility problems” with Mission Station officers involved with those busts, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said Friday. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee fired back at Public Defender Jeff Adachi on Wednesday as the battle heats up over dueling pension reform measures.
The usually affable mayor and Supervisor Sean Elsbernd slammed Adachi’s pension reform measure as likely being illegal during an editorial board meeting with The San Francisco Examiner on Wednesday. Lee also said he feared Adachi’s measure could jeopardize the success of both proposals. Read More
As the mayor unveiled his long-awaited compromise with unions for changes to San Francisco’s pension system, the man who has become the reform thorn in the side of both city officials and labor unions says, “It still leaves taxpayers on the hook.” Read More
Mayor Ed Lee will unveil today his plan to rein in The City’s skyrocketing pension costs, which are projected to double to $800 million by 2014.
According to a draft of the proposal, the mayor’s plan calls for increasing retirement ages for new hires by three years, having police officers and firefighters contribute up to 6 percent more of their paychecks toward their pensions, and requiring all elected officials to pay into their retirement. Read More
A ballot proposal by Mayor Ed Lee to increase the pension contributions of city employees – along with other reforms meant to save San Francisco money – is ready to be introduced to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
“I would say that we’re ready,” Lee said. “We are ready to present tomorrow a very united front.” Read More
City leaders and labor unions remain in talks Friday in hopes of striking an agreement over a pension measure for the November ballot.Talks began Thursday morning at 10 a.m. And all day, there was a lot of caucusing going on. Despite the lengthy talks, no agreement has been reached.“Talks are continuing today. No agreement has been reached, but a lot of progress has been made,” the Mayor’s Office said. Read More
In many cities, a politician’s opposition to the death penalty would be considered a political liability. But in San Francisco, supporting the death penalty can be hazardous to your political career — even if you’re The City’s top prosecutor. District Attorney George Gascón’s nuanced approach to the death penalty could cost him votes in November’s election, but he insisted Wednesday that he would hold firm to his stance. Read More
If pension reform were running for mayor this year, it would be the only candidate in a crowded field that could gain more than 50 percent of the vote.
That’s why all eyes will be focused on it next week when the Board of Supervisors receives a long-awaited version of a negotiated retirement plan for The City’s public employees. Read More