Superior Court disputes Adachi’s budget claims

Remember how Public Defender Jeff Adachi complained that the mayor was not allowing him to replace staff members that have resigned while other public safety departments keep hiring?

Well, San Francisco Superior Court Presiding Judge James McBride has taken umbrage with those claims, writing Mayor Gavin Newsom Tuesday that the court has not taken on new personnel, and even if it did, The City wouldn’t be paying for it.

The San Francisco Superior Court has not hired a new employee since January 2009, and has instituted a hiring freeze, McBride wrote. The City has no authority to hire court employees, who are paid by the state with exception of the Community Justice Center coordinator.

“I was mystified that someone as knowledgeable about local government budget matters as Mr. Adachi could be so mistaken, which led me to scrutinize the list of requisitions accompanied by his news release,” McBride wrote.

Apparently, The City processes the payroll and retirement systems for court employees, which made it appear as though their salaries were coming from city coffers when they actually come from state taxpayers.

This should make for a little heated conversation as The City works to curb its growing budget deficit.
 

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