In a surprising move, the 54,000 member SEIU 1021 union endorsed Mayor Lee’s “consensus/city family” pension and healthcare reform measure over Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s pension reform initiative. Under Lee’s plan, the majority of SEIU 1021 workers will see their pension contributions increase by at least 3 percent. Under Adachi’s plan, which takes a progressive approach to solving The City’s pension costs crisis, a majority of SEIU 1021 workers’ pension contributions will remain unchanged.
Nuru, who was first hired by Lee during the administration of former Mayor Willie Brown, was the subject of a series of ethical scandals involving the misappropriation of public funds for personal uses, retaliatory threats against whisteblowers as well as directing city contractors to engage in illegal political activities while they were being paid with public funds, Herrera states.
The subtext of Yee’s move is viewed as an unsaid challenge to Chinatown powerbroker Rose Pak’s grip on the Chinese-American community in an attempt to weaken her base of support and to garner Asian-American votes for his mayoral bid.
Adachi’s candidature, whose pension reform initiative was certified August 2 for the November ballot, is expected to sharpen the focus on the issue of unsustainable city pension costs and the need for increased contributions by city employees.
In an interview Monday following a mayoral debate at the Castro Theater in which interim Mayor Ed Lee was booed, hissed and air horned for breaking his promise to not seek a full-term, Rees, who describes herself as a “progressive independent,” told FCJ she was inspired by the late Ann Richards, the former progressive Governor of Texas who admirably became a symbol of pride and accomplishment for the advancement of women in State and National politics.
If this morning’s announcement of interim Mayor Ed Lee’s official candidacy in the race for mayor, which included a protester calling for Lee to step down and fellow candidates lobbing accusations of dishonesty and lies at Lee, is any indication of what Lee will have to endure on the campaign trail, this year’s mayor’s race has the making of one of the most contentious battles in the history of San Francisco politics.
“I stand before you to announce my candidacy for mayor,” the video, posted by “RunRosePakRun,” begins. “I did not make this decision lightly. After much pressure from Rose Pak, Willie Brown and Recology executives, I have decided that I really am a politician, a short mustached, lying one. My change of mind in seeking this office has everything to do with what’s best for Rose Pak and me. See, I’ve always been a liar, a stooge for Rose Pak and Willie Brown.”
“Mayor Ed Lee to make announcement about the San Francisco mayor’s race,” wrote former Mayor Gavin Newsom spokesperson Tony Winnicker in an email. “City Hall, Department of Elections, Room 48.”
I like Ross (Mirkarimi) obviously. I supported him in his race to replace me as District 5 supervisor, but I will not be supporting him in this race. I don’t like the idea that the mayor would get to appoint a replacement to his seat. And if that were to happen, it wouldn’t be someone who would get elected in an open race. No progressives are talking about this. If Ross is elected sheriff, we will likely have a moderate in the Dist. 5 seat and will lose what should be the most progressive seat in San Francisco. So, I believe Ross should serve out his term. He should run for assembly or some other post, but not sheriff. Not now. And as someone who was once the District 5 supervisor, I believe I am allowed to say this. Incumbency is powerful, as Ed Lee is demonstrating, and Mirkarimi’s appointed replacement could end up serving for the next 9 years.
According to Daly, who resides a stone’s throw away from the District 6/5 border at the intersection of Stevenson and McCoppin streets, he will consider a run for the D5 seat next year should Ross Mirkarimi and Ed Lee, who is expected to declare his candidacy tomorrow, win their respective races for Sheriff and Mayor in November.
Voters will be asked to consider Adachi’s proposal and a “consensus” proposal sponsored by Mayor Ed Lee and backed by financier Warren Hellman, as well as police and firefighter unions. The consensus proposal includes pension and healthcare costs reforms. Adachi’s proposal is singularly focused on reforming pension contributions. The city’s largest union, SEIU Local 21, has not, to date, endorsed either proposals.
The Board of Supervisors appointed Lee to the post of interim mayor in January to complete Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s term as mayor on the condition and explicit understanding that an appointed “caretaker” mayor would not use the position to run for a full-term. Lee acquiesced to the Board’s proviso, publicly and privately, before being sworn into office.
Expectations are that Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s pension reform measure, dubbed “Son of Prop B,” will qualify for the November ballot. Adachi said he pre-qualified the signatures before submission to the Department of Elections for qualification.
Tomorrow there is to be a mayoral ‘forum’ held by the San Francisco Police Officers Association and moderated by a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. I inquired of the SFPOA’s leadership why I was not invited, and I was told specifically that it was because of my stance calling for stronger pension reform. I asked them to reconsider their position and I have not yet heard back. That is answer enough for me to issue this statement.
Never the one to shy away from a press interview, Ammiano discussed several topics of interest with FCJ, including this year’s mayor’s race.