Jeff Adachi

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    June 4, 2013

    Paintball Rampage: Expect Charges of Possessing Paintball Guns to Be Tossed

    A quartet of young men who allegedly decided to paint the town -- and its residents -- red via paintball attacks are in a world of pain right now. The alleged shooters are facing charges ranging from assault with a deadly weapon to felony mayhem following a weekend rampage in which at least three pe ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Public Defender Says Drunk Drivers Didn't Get Fair Sobriety Tests

    ​Not many people would come to the defense of a convicted drunk driver. However, San Francisco's inebriated drivers might find themselves off the hook for their crime -- and if so, they have Public Defender Jeff Adachi to thank. Adachi today officially filed a legal challenge that accuses the San ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Pension Bomb: City May Be Facing Additional $100 Million Burden

    ​When your doctor is feeling parts of your body, squints, utters an expletive, and says "well, that's not supposed to be there," it's uncertain what the situation is. But, this much is clear -- it's not good. And that's how things stand with the city's pension plan. This week, the retirement board ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    Jeff Adachi Responds to Police Slander Allegations

    ​Gary Delagnes, president of the Police Officers Association, doesn't miss many opportunities to take shots at local pols -- figuratively speaking -- as evidenced again in today's Chron. He penned a brief yet sharp op-ed bluntly calling out Public Defender Jeff Adachi for "slandering" local cops.F ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    Pensions: This Ain't Over, San Francisco

    Our pension mess ain't over till it's over. Or the city goes well and truly broke. ​It's easy to suffer election fatigue in San Francisco. The majority of us, it would seem, were so tired and shagged out by it all that we didn't even bother to cast a vote. Whether you did or didn't, a number of yo ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Public Defender to Release More Videos Showing Police Misconduct

    More videos like this one are coming soon to Adachi's YouTube channel.​Ready for more Police, Lies, and Videotape? Public Defender and mayoral candidate Jeff Adachi is vowing to release more video tomorrow showing new examples of warrantless searches, perjured police reports, and theft by San Fran ... More >>

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    October 5, 2011

    City Family's Loathsome, Disingenuous, Idiotic Smear of Jeff Adachi

    One of the most tiring elements of living in the Internet age is the increasing use of superlatives -- i.e. "Worst. Meal. EVAR." So, it is with due consideration that we posit Prop. C backers' new ad claiming "THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE!" between union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and public defe ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    Pension Wars: This Was No 'Backroom Deal'

    Charlie PowellEd Lee will shuffle the cards right in front of you. No tricks. ​It's a scientific fact: Attempt to comprehend the fetid relationship between pensions and politics in this city and a substance resembling guacamole will begin oozing from your ears. Finally, a tangible reason not to we ... More >>

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    August 31, 2011
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    August 12, 2011

    Jeff Adachi Is Running for Mayor

    Joe EskenaziThe pension candidate? ​In a last-minute maneuver, public defender and pension crusader Jeff Adachi has filled out the paperwork to run for mayor. Adachi -- both a lawyer and a politician -- has, since 2010, answered our queries of whether he'd run for mayor in the following way: "I ha ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Jeff Adachi Explains His Last-Minute Entry into the Mayor's Race

    Joe EskenaziJeff Adachi makes it official.​"Did I make it on time?  Who do I make my check out to?" Jeff Adachi asked the department of elections clerk at about 4:15 p.m. today. Adachi had come to the department submit the signatures and the five grand required from anyone who hopes ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Police and Fire Pension Deal Could Cost City $61 Million

    ​This morning, the Examiner reported an eye-opening facet of the police and fire unions' latest deal. Should the city-backed pension plan be voted into law, cops and firefighters will begin paying augmented pension rates in 2013, like everyone else. But if voters choose Jeff Adachi's plan, public ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Jeff Adachi Turns in Excess Signatures for Pension Reform Measure

    No more money sucking ​Just last week Public Defender Jeff Adachi told reporters there wasn't a chance he'd back down from his competing pension reform measure. And he meant it. Today, he turned in more than 72,600 signatures needed to put the measure on the November ballot -- far more than the 46 ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Adachi's Latest Pension Claim Riles City Hall

    This will not go smoothly...​In a pension-related version of Martin Luther nailing 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral, Jeff Adachi took to the steps of City Hall today. But, since this is a pension-related matter, you can substitute the theses with hundreds of millions in pension obliga ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    SFPD Scandal: DA to Dismiss 26 Felony Cases

    SFPD's crime​Public Defender Jeff Adachi says he has new evidence of San Francisco police officers lying and stealing, one of which was caught on video from a community safety camera installed on a public street. Adachi will release the evidence and detail the new allegations against the SFPD Miss ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Jeff Adachi to Release More Video of Cops with Sticky Fingers

    Who is the cop and who is the robber? ​As of late, a series of videos has been making headlines more often for busting cops than for catching robbers. Today, public defender Jeff Adachi has gotten his hands on yet more surveillance that he says shows cops being the robbers. In the latest epis ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    SFPD Accused of Another Illegal Search, Police Brutality (Video)

    What's in it for him? ​Who knows what Public Defender Jeff Adachi's political aspirations are, but if he has any intention of running for mayor in the future, we know what votes he won't get. Not only is he taking on pension reform, but he is relentlessly calling out the San Francisco Police Depar ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    Pensions: How Many Earn $195,000 or More?

    ​The Chronicle ran an interesting front-page story today acknowledging that pension reform is the dinner guest no one at the wanna-be mayoral table invited -- but can't get rid of.Our would-be leaders are grilled about their stance on runaway pensions; most of them embrace the term "negotiated dea ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Latest Jeff Adachi Pension Measure Won't Be Called 'Pension Measure'

    Will The Holy One have a say in pension reform?​Public Defender Jeff Adachi is on his way to a modern record. He has now submitted six potential ballot measures regarding pension reform that the city attorney refuses to categorize with the helpful description "pension reform." Adachi's latest prop ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Public Defender Jeff Adachi Takes on Police Chief Jeff Godown ... in the Press

    Left​Public Defender Jeff Adachi is good at a lot of things -- well great, actually, but he is especially talented at riling up the SFPD, maybe even more so than former District Attorney Kamala Harris. As evidenced by this morning when Police Chief Jeff Godown called his own press conference to wa ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Adachi Asks Police To Stop Breaking and Entering into Hotel Rooms

    Room service!​Public Defender Jeff Adachi continued his offensive against the police practices surrounding searches of residential hotels Thursday. In a letter to the district attorney and the police, the head defense attorney requested that police no longer be allowed to request the master keys f ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    District Attorney Throws Out 57 Cases After Henry Hotel Scandal, Cops Pissed

    Gascón's former underlings are not so happy with his 57 case dismissals. ​So it looks like, in the annals of San Francisco law enforcement history, the Henry Hotel scandal will not rank anywhere near the Debbie Madden catastrophe in terms of the number of cases the district attorney had to throw ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Jeff Adachi Wants District Attorney To ID All Cases Involving Henry Hotel Officers

    On the prowl for cases to get dismissed.​Is this Debbie Madden, Part Deux? Public Defender Jeff Adachi sent a letter to District Attorney George Gascón today asking for a list of all the arrests, incidents, police reports, and just about everything else involving the eight officers tied to the co ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Cops Suspended While FBI Investigates Drug Bust

    It's like an a TV episode​San Francisco's Chief of Police has decided to suspend the police department's plainclothes unit at the southern station while the city investigates accusations of perjury and police misconduct during a drug bust earlier this year. The officers involved have been reassign ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    SFPD Officers Committed Perjury in Reporting Drug Busts, Public Defender Claims

    Lawyers at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office today accused multiple police officers of committing perjury by falsely describing drug busts they conducted in written police reports.At a press conference, deputy public defenders Tal Klement and Anne Irwin showed video taken by surveillance ca ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Jeff Adachi Says Proposition B Would Have Passed in Wisconsin

    Wisconsin: Fertile ground for pension reform?​Public Defender Jeff Adachi is firing back against local labor leaders and legislators trying to draw a link between his pension-reform efforts in San Francisco and the battle over the future of organized labor that is playing out in Wisconsin.Adachi, ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Guardian Accuses Public Defender Jeff Adachi of 'Tea Party' Ties

    Jeff Adachi​We've got to hand it to the Guardian. Just when you think Bruce Brugmann's boys and girls have lost it -- that they don't have a single conspiracy theory worthy of a good belly laugh left in them; that all you can look forward to in the paper's pages are turgid, overlong articles on la ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Jeff Adachi Already Crafting 'New Prop. B'

    Joe EskenaziLabor's Public Enemy No. 1 is ready to go to work...​Labor leaders and government officials talking about the need for "pension reform" has become as fashionable in San Francisco as toting around a yoga mat. But while the folks ostentatiously carrying around the yoga accouterments are, ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Jeff Adachi, San Francisco's Public Defender, Wins 71 Percent of Domestic Violence Trials

    A convincing man​Jeff Adachi might not have convinced voters to pass pension reform last year, but he is certainly proving he's good at persuading juries in the courtroom. A new report suggests that the public defender won 48 percent of his cases last year -- an increase for the third year in a ro ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Pension Tension: New Contribution Rate Will Be $433 Million a Year

    ​Remember all that hard stuff Mayor Ed Lee has to do? Deal with unraveling labor agreements, balance a creaking budget, and scrub hair gel stains off of low-hanging lighting fixtures and the tops of chairs? Well, he'll have to do it with upwards of $26 million less than he thought he would. On Tue ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Video: Public Defender Jeff Adachi Discusses the SFPD Crime Lab DNA Scandal

    As head of the office that represents the majority of defendants charged with serious crimes in San Francisco, Public Defender Jeff Adachi has paid close attention to problems with forensic evidence at the San Francisco Police Department Crime Lab. Here, Adachi discusses the latest revelations about ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Jeff Adachi: Convictions From Past 15 Years Could Be Affected by Brady Disclosures

    Richard BuiHow much do cops' backgrounds matter during court cases? This much, says Public Defender Jeff Adachi.​San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi anticipates that criminal convictions spanning more than a decade will be affected by the district attorney's identification of dozens of offic ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Pension Reform Prop. B Helmed By Rookie Strategist Darcy Brown

    Darcy Brown's first job as a San Francisco campaign consultant won't be an easy one​On Monday, the Chronicle revealed that consultant Jim Stearns is being tapped to lead labor's charge against Jeff Adachi's Prop. B pension reform measure -- a move that was all but inevitable. Stearns is labor and ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Key Portion of 'SF Smart Reform' Prop. B Struck Down by Judge

    With today's cut, Prop. B just become shorter and easier to read. Will it become easier to evade, too?​A judge today struck down a portion of Proposition B -- "SF Smart Reform" -- that the measure's author, public defender Jeff Adachi, had claimed was critical for actually ensuring the legislation ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Jeff Adachi Lawyers Up

    Joe EskenaziJeff Adachi insists his back isn't to the wall​As public defender, Jeff Adachi has provided legal services for countless defendants. But now that he's a defendant, he finds himself in the unfamiliar position of having to phone a lawyer. Five city unions this week sued Adachi in an atte ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    Unions Sue Jeff Adachi, City to Keep Pension Reform Off Ballot

    The union-led brawl over pension reform has, inevitably, found its way to a courtroom​Members of five city unions took the next step in labor's all-out battle against Public Defender Jeff Adachi's pension reform measure, suing Adachi and the city's election director in an effort to keep Propositio ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010
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    July 26, 2010

    The Loathsome Campaign Against Pension Reform

    An offer he can't refuse? ​When Jeff Adachi enraged every last vestigial limb of the San Francisco political body by pushing his "Smart Reform" pension measure onto the ballot, your humble narrator made a prediction. Labor, acting through beholden politicians and complicit partners in the media, w ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    Jeff Adachi Claims Retribution, Hints He'll Sue City if Supes Withdraw His Funding

    Jeff Adachi -- up against the wall? ​Melissa Griffin has gotten a hold of a letter from Jeff Adachi to the Board of Supervisors in which the public defender insinuates he's ready to try something different and file a lawsuit -- against the city. Here's the back story: Adachi has become the Darth V ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    'Smart Reform' Pension Measure Would Blow $20M Hole in Budget. Or Would It?

    ​The Board of Supervisors had a fun decision to make today: Whether to suck on or spit out an ingenious little poison pill. Buried within the Memorandums of Understanding the mayor's office hammered out with public safety unions -- in which cops and firefighters agree to $11.2 million and $8.7 mil ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Is Gavin Newsom Attempting to Gut Pension Reform?

    Gavin Newsom is accused of pulling a fast one. But will the supes give a damn? ​The organization Public Defender Jeff Adachi formed to push his "Smart Reform" pension measure today sent out a frantic call to arms, claiming Mayor Gavin Newsom is attempting to subvert the charter amendment before vo ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Couple Gave $245K To Jeff Adachi Pension Measure. Will They Give More To See It Pass?

    ​When Jeff Adachi triumphantly wheeled 75,000 signatures and change into the Department of Elections yesterday, he shocked a lot of veteran City Hall observers. Sure, they were surprised at the sheer number of John Hancocks he amassed for his pension reform measure. But what really caught everyone ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Jeff Adachi Plans Signature-Gathering Marathon For Pension Reform Measure

    Almost there...​Jeff Adachi has until 5 p.m. today to gather signatures for his "Smart Reform" measure, which would mandate city employees pay hundreds of millions a year toward their pension and health care costs.  Reached late Monday afternoon, San Francisco's public defender said he'd prob ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Jeff Adachi Says He Has 75,000 Signatures For 'Smart Reform' Pension Measure

    Jeff Adachi, who can now go sleep​If Public Defender Jeff Adachi's little-viewed twitter feed is to be believed, he has managed to collect a whopping 75,000 signatures for his "Smart Reform" measure to mandate city workers contribute more to their pension and health care plans. Adachi had told SF ... More >>

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    June 25, 2010

    Can Jeff Adachi Save San Francisco $167 Million?

    In which this gent represents San Francisco...​Public Defender says "Smart Reform" not a political ploy; claims he's not running for mayorJeff Adachi has a job. He's good at it, too. But now it's time for a little role reversal. Rather than defend, he's on the attack -- and his campaign will likel ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    Face-Stabbing Cop Peeves Public Defender

    sfpublicdefender.orgJeff Adachi, public defender​The current hoopla at the Hall of Justice over non-disclosure of police officers' violent histories continued Monday, when Public Defender Jeff Adachi issued a terse press release asking why on earth his department wasn't told a cop involved in a ca ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Wife-Beating Cops Can Keep it a Secret? Public Defender Not Pleased.

    Public Defender Jeff Adachi, pictured at a press conference last month​Public Defender Jeff Adachi said this afternoon that he has serious misgivings about District Attorney Kamala Harris' appointment of a private attorney to review which cases of police officers' criminal misconduct should be dis ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Public Defender Jeff Adachi, Just Back From Arizona, Doubts Wisdom of Boycott

    Richard BuiJeff Adachi hasn't jumped on the boycott bandwagon​San Francisco politicians' push to boycott Arizona following the Grand Canyon State's adoption of a harsh new immigration policy popped a lot of flashbulbs, and earned a lot of ink. But now some city leaders are questioning the wisdom o ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Public Defender Jeff Adachi Says D.A. Kamala Harris Blowing Off Crime Lab Scandal -- and Him

    Public Defender Jeff Adachi ain't happy with D.A. Kamala Harris​San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi sharply criticized District Attorney Kamala Harris' handling of a growing scandal at the San Francisco Police Department crime lab today, saying the city's top prosecutor had ignored repeated ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    Public Defender Wants Investigation Of 'Secret Society of Criminalists' at Crime Lab

    Seriously, what's going on at that crime lab? ​San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi is calling for an outside investigation of the police's crime lab after news came out late Tuesday that a former civilian lab technician, Deborah Madden, had allegedly stolen cocaine evidence samples from at l ... More >>

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