Adachi, smiles, frets about Prop C


By Shawn Gaynor

A montage of campaign pictures projected on the wall of the packed Harbor Court Hotel ballroom (totally fancy, good desert) show a man who wears a smile with a natural, genuine ease. Mayoral candidate Jeff Adachi arrives with that smile and looks up, reflecting on the photos for a moment before his supporters notice he has entered. Suddenly, a cheer goes up.

"We're still in it, we have to be patient," Adachi announces to about 200 supporters.

Adachi is concerned, though at the apparent passage of Prop C pension reform, saying this means $400 million more in SF budget woes.

"It's just pushing the issue down the road," says Adachi who worries that the voters' choice will put additional pressure on the city's social safety network.

Adachi encouraged his supporters to go out and "do the right thing and make change happen."

"If you look at everything we've done together, it was honest and from the heart and real -- and that's what I'm proud of."


Yes, Prop C merely pushes the problem down the road and delays disaster.

Pension costs will rise by another $120 million next year, and all city services will be reduced again.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 09, 2011 @ 7:15 am

Prop C will accomplish exactly what it is intended to accomplish, a cut in the pay and benefits, and therefore a weakening of the power and leverage of workers.

Adachi just won the campaign that he was -actually- pursuing, which was to terrorize the unions into screwing themselves and their own rank and file, by holding the threat of Prop D over their heads.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Nov. 09, 2011 @ 8:14 am

I supported C and D, or I guess D. But you'd have to think once employees have agreed to increase their contributions (health and pension), this opens the floodgates. They WILL be asked to do it again but I hope next time it's the high paid employees. It's truly sickening to see the police and fire unions successfully bully everyone to the detriment of lower paid City employees.

I disagreed with just about all of your pre-election commentary. But you were right about Avalos and I was wrong.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 09, 2011 @ 10:38 am

The Police and Fire unions are holding this city hostage, and if D had only dealt with -them- and also set caps to get rid of outrageously high pensions, I would have supported it.

As to Avalos, we'll see. Ranked choice will be full of all sorts of surprises.

However it does look as if the Occupy protests have, at the very least, created a new unified core opposition base.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Nov. 09, 2011 @ 11:04 am

there was a desert in the Harbor Court. Wild!

Posted by Chromefields on Nov. 09, 2011 @ 9:11 am

What is exactly is a fancy, good desert?

Palm Springs?

Posted by Guest on Nov. 09, 2011 @ 9:54 am

Do you mean desert or dessert?
As we all know the only good desert is one that has oil underneath it, no matter what country it is in. Reminds me of an old cartoon showing two marines standing in a desert and one says to the other, "What the hell is our oil doing under their sand".

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Nov. 09, 2011 @ 10:48 am

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