Labor union leaders say they expect to reach consensus on a pension-reform ballot measure with Mayor Ed Lee soon – even sometime this week - although it may not be enough to prevent Public Defender Jeff Adachi from pushing a competing measure.
“We are days away from a handshake” with the mayor, said fire union leader Tom O’Connor. Read More
A ballot measure from Public Defender Jeff Adachi that would double pension rates has drawn concern from labor leaders working to strike an agreement with Mayor Ed Lee on an alternative measure.
As Lee is negotiating a consensus pension measure with buy-in from labor unions for the November ballot, Adachi is gathering signatures to place his own pension measure on the ballot that would result in workers paying significantly more out of their paychecks. Read More
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi is participating in a community forum tonight on the recent police misconduct scandal involving residential hotels in The City.
The forum, hosted by San Francisco-based POOR Magazine, will include people living in the city's residential hotels, as well as Tal Klement, a deputy public defender who worked on one of the cases that was dropped because of surveillance video showing the alleged misconduct. Read More
As Mayor Ed Lee strives to craft a consensus pension reform measure for the November ballot, resolving debate over the pension contribution rates of existing city workers is paramount.
How much those rates should increase and how they should fluctuate based on The City’s annual contribution rate remain chief sticking points. Read More
As Mayor Ed Lee is working with labor leaders to arrive at a consensus November ballot measure to rein in pension costs, Public Defender Jeff Adachi is moving ahead on his own and announced Wednesday the launch of a signature collection drive to place his measure on the ballot this November. Read More
After being named mayor in January, Ed Lee pledged that reining in skyrocketing pension costs would be his top priority. He backed a consensus approach that would have the buy-in of labor groups in the hope that such a plan could avoid a fierce and costly battle at the ballot box.
But with a May 24 deadline looming to submit a pension charter amendment for November, the mayor and labor leaders still find themselves far apart on some issues. Read More
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who advocates banning things like plastic bags, cat declawing and foie gras, wants to stop it. Supervisor David Chiu, the census-loving mayoral candidate, wants to form a committee to study it. And Supervisor Mark Farrell, the newbie with a venture capital background, wants to eliminate it altogether. I’m referring, of course, to San Francisco’s tax on stock options. Read More
Police Chief Jeff Godown held a press conference Thursday to “push back” against Public Defender Jeff Adachi over dozens of dropped drug cases where surveillance video is the onus for dismissal. Read More
Defense attorneys Wednesday unveiled another surveillance video that they say shows undercover police officers conducting an illegal search, this time in the Richmond District.
Private attorney Robert Amparan said at a news conference Wednesday at Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s office that a judge had just thrown out his client’s felony marijuana possession for sale case because video evidence contradicted the officers’ testimony in court and statements on the police report. Read More
Public Defender Jeff Adachi has filed three different pension reform proposals with the City Attorney’s Office. Adachi said he will only move forward to collect signatures on one of the proposals, but since time is of the essence, submitting them all for approval seemed like the best approach. Read More