Letters from our Readers: Prop. B will cost more

Jeff Adachi’s Proposition B does not distinguish between low-wage workers and the top brass. Proposition B will have an extraordinarily negative impact on the lower-paid city workers — gardeners, health care aides, clerks — and will have only a minimum impact on the wealthy city workers, such as Adachi himself (who ironically, with his $196,000 salary, pays absolutely nothing toward his city pension).

Proposition B will increase the health care premiums for families by several hundred dollars each month. It offers no structural solution to the current fiscal crisis. As one of the top city administrators, Adachi has been unable to live within his agency’s budget. My guess is that if Proposition B passes, he will be at the head of the line to ask for a handout for his department.

Garry Bieringer, San Francisco

Time for a real debate

The Aug. 20 Ken Garcia column on Jeff Adachi organizing Proposition B added nothing substantive to the discussion of the staggering cost of city employee benefits and how they are supposed to be funded into the future.

With Garcia referring to Adachi as someone who’s “defending criminals,” I think we have read enough shilling for organized labor. Hopefully in the fall we can move on to an adult discussion as to how The City should best address its $787 million structural deficit.

The author also cites Adachi for not leading by example. Under Prop. B, Adachi would increase his own personal pension contribution from zero to 9 percent of his salary. I am not sure how much more you can lead by example.

Chris Keane, San Francisco

Harvard criticism wrong

A Tuesday letter writer mistakenly claimed that Harvard sold off its holdings in Israeli companies because the university disapproves of Israel. But, according to a Harvard Management Co. disclosure, “The University has not divested from Israel. Israel was moved from our benchmark in emerging markets … due to its successful growth. We have holdings in developed markets, including Israel, which are not reported in the filing in question.”

In other words, Israel’s business climate is so good that Harvard no longer invests to help Israel but to help Harvard.

Shelton Ehrlich, Palo Alto

Making false claims

Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s Tuesday op-ed claims he is the only official in The City doing anything to solve the ongoing budget deficit. But, in the past nine years, public employees, through their unions, have worked with the mayor and many other local officials, voluntarily giving up more than $750 million in wage and pension concessions to help The City.

Now, Adachi wants to make city workers pay more for their retirement and dependent health care costs. And, he is one the few city employees who doesn’t pay a penny toward his own retirement.

If Adachi doesn’t like being accused of “saying one thing and doing another,” he could start by paying into his own pension like most city workers already do.

Mary Marzotto, San Francisco

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