“I don’t have any regrets,” said Jeff Adachi late last night at the party for his citywide pension-reform measure that was trounced at the polls.
Adachi, San Francisco’s elected public defender, seemed disappointed but not deterred that the measure – which would have required city employees to kick in more for their health and retirement benefits – lost, 58 percent to 42.
“By this time next year, our $400 million pension costs are going to be $500 million. I believe the wisdom of doing what we could have done will be borne out… It’s an issue I’m going to stick with.”
During the campaign for the measure, observers wondered at Adachi’s motives, as well as his political genius or folly in taking on pension reform in San Francisco.
Asked last night whether he’s going to run for mayor, Adachi said “no. People asked me that a lot [during the Prop B campaign]. The simple truth is I saw a problem that needed to be fixed as a public servant and I tried to fix it.”