Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Adachi's Petition Processional
Monday afternoon San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi arrived at City Hall's basement...
...with fourteen boxes filled with petitions in support of his pension reform proposal to be placed on the ballot this November.
It was a low-key affair attended by a handful of supporters, most of them from the 2009-2010 Grand Jury which warned about the "pension tsunami" in one of their reports last year, including Craig Weber (above left).
The requirement for this ballot measure is 47,000 valid San Francisco voters' signatures...
...and according to Adachi's count, they turned in 72,559 signatures for vetting by the Department of Elections.
Adachi was first elected for Public Defender after a hard-fought election with the local political machine's selection, Kimiko Burton, daughter of former State Senator and powerbroker John Burton.
All of the other so-called pension reformers were appointed by that same political machine (Supervisor Elsbernd by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, Ed Lee by a back-room cabal led by former Mayor Willie Brown and Chinatown fixer Rose Pak). Adachi feels like one of the last independent politicians in San Francisco.