Adachi Pension, Healthcare Reform Measure
Qualifies for November Ballot

Written by Luke Thomas. Posted in News, Politics

Published on August 02, 2010 with 11 Comments

Pubic Defender Jeff Adachi submitted over 77,000 signatures to the San Francisco Department of Elections, July 6, to qualify a pension and healthcare reform measure (now certified) for the November ballot. Photo by Luke Thomas.

By Luke Thomas

August 2, 2010

A controversial pension and healthcare reform ballot measure sponsored by Public Defender Jeff Adachi has qualified for the November ballot.

The measure, dubbed SF Smart Reform, qualified with 49,178 valid signatures, according to the San Francisco Department of Elections.  A minimum of 46,000 valid signatures were needed for ballot certification.

“I would like to thank the people of San Francisco who signed our petitions and the Department of Elections who confirmed qualification of the measure for the November ballot,” Adachi said in a statement.  “The Sustainable City Employees Benefits Reform Act is a reasonable and moderate step that San Francisco can take to bridge our escalating budget deficit and save $170 million per year. These savings can be used to preserve the services that people rely upon and the jobs that people depend upon.”

The measure aims to rein in unsustainable pension and healthcare costs projected to exceed $1 billion by 2016.

The initiative is opposed by labor groups who say the measure is regressive and will hurt low-income working families.  Mayor Gavin Newsom also opposes the measure.

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the SanFranciscoSentinel.com, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched FogCityJournal.com. The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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