Jeff AdachiSan Francisco Examiner mayoral candidate questionnaire
1) Please explain your campaign platform in 20 words or less.
I will focus on jobs, keeping families in SF, providing independent/effective leadership,integrity, and solving the City’s fiscal crisis.
2) Please list your votes on the local November ballot measures
.School Bonds – YesRoad Repaving and Street Paving Bonds – NoPension reform:Lee supported version – NoAdachi Initiative – YesAmending Initiative Ordinances and Policy Declaration – NoCampaign Consultant Disclosures – NoSchool District Student Assignment System – Yes
3) What is the worst budgetary problem in San Francisco and how will you address it?
The City’s most dire budgetary problem is skyrocketing pension and benefit costs for cityemployees. This year, taxpayers spent one out of every six tax dollars – nearly a billion dollars— on city employee benefits. Within five years, that number is expected to double. Over the next12 months alone, The City’s benefits costs for city employees will soar by $100 million, andevery year that number will grow. By 2015, these costs will reach $800 million annually.Meanwhile, The City is facing a $483 million deficit in the coming fiscal year. Unless significantreforms are made immediately, The City will have little choice but to divert scarce funding awayfrom education, law enforcement, parks and recreation programs, public health and other basicservices in order to pay for city employee benefits.San Francisco needs its next mayor to be firmly committed to solving this problem, even if theface of push-back from powerful interest groups. For the second year in a row, I have been at theforefront of reform. I am the author of Proposition D, the largest fiscal austerity measure everproposed in San Francisco.In 2011, I set out to reform The City’s pension system because, put simply, escalating employeepension and benefits costs are bankrupting our city. After meeting with members of the 2010civil grand jury who felt that their calls for reform of pension system had been ignored by electedofficials, I urged Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Board of Supervisors to take on this issue, to noavail. Because no elected official had the bravery to push for pension reform, I took the issuedirectly to the people of San Francisco. While the November 2010 pension and health carereform ballot measure did not pass, it garnered 116,000 ‘yes’ votes.Taking what I learned from that experience, I retained former San Francisco City AttorneyLouise Renne’s law firm to help draft Proposition D for the November 2011 ballot. PropositionD improves on the earlier ballot reform measure by exempting lower-paid workers – those withsalaries less than $50,000 – from any increases in retirement contributions, and by setting a