A lame attack on Avalos and Adachi

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Avalos photo by Evie Pitts

The Examiner headline today is about as misleading as you can get: "Labor leaders unite against mayor candidates Jeff Adachi, John Avalos."

That's pretty ridiculous, since Avalos has the endorsement of the largest city employee union (SEIU Local 1021) and the local teachers union and is about the most pro-labor person in the race. And when you look at what's actually going on, only three "labor leaders" (out of 150 unions represented in the San Francisco Labor Council) are going after Adachi and Avalos -- and they're among the most conservative labor unions in the city. Who are these "labor leaders?" The cops, the firefighters and the plumbers.

The plumbers, I guess, are mad about Avalos' local-hire law. The cops and firefighters are mad that Avalos doesn't give them everything they want. And the fact that they're going to raise money to go after Adachi and Avalos suggests that they think one or both of them is a serious threat to Mayor Ed Lee.

Or else they're just blustering and throwing money around because they can.

The reality is that Avalos will have strong labor support, as he always has. Adachi will have a lot more than the cops and firefighters and plumbers to worry about -- nobody in organized labor is happy with his pension-reform legislation. So this little rump group making a fuss and getting Examiner headlines means very little.

Comments

Their attacks on Jeff Adachi.

Marc Salomon and Gary Delagnes - separated at birth?

Posted by Arthur Evans on Aug. 31, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

Arthur does this help/hurt Adachi and Avalos?

Before you answer, remember, as you've said hundreds of times in the past: When progressives go negative on anybody it is always bad for progressives and good for anybody.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 31, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

"Arthur does this help/hurt Adachi and Avalos?"

- Guest

The new group that opposes Avalos & Adachi are shooting themselves in the foot. The voters understand the self-interested motives on the part of the group and are tired of negativity. Both Avalos & Adachi can present themselves as heroes standing up for principle.

The new group would have done better to come up with a positive message about better alternatives, free of any negativity.

And, of course, there's always the alternative of keeping quiet. Silence is always better than sticking your foot in your mouth.

Posted by Arthur Evans on Aug. 31, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

Hooray for consistency. I agree.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 31, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

that the endorsements are based on self interest? Just as the ones from the SEIU is.

This is all so interesting in conjunction with the other post that talks about city politics and the central subway boondoggle.

SEIU, the plumber and cop union, the people treated as an ATM for these groups are the tax payers in all this.

Posted by Matlock on Aug. 31, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

Please do your homework; this is the SF Bay Guardian's beat above all.

Adachi put Measure D, the Pension Reform Act, on the ballot.

Avalos and the rest of the Supes joined Mayor Ed Lee in backing Measure C, which reforms both pensions and health care.

The SF Green Party endorsed a NO vote on both with these notes:

NO on C - class warfare by rich on poor/middle class. Especially bad
that this will gut health care, but was unanimously endorsed by Board.

NO on D - not as bad as C; we like some aspects such as $140k cap
on pensions to prevent outrageous pensions for City bureaucrats,
firefighters, and police. However, we need to focus on revenues
(Municipal Bank, public power, taxes on rich) rather than cuts.

Posted by Ann Garrison on Aug. 31, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

ride our unicorns into the sunset after a job well done.

Posted by Matlock on Aug. 31, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

Prop D is better for the key reason you cited - the $140k cap. This is a CRITICAL reform. Wish people understood how shady the Controller's office is - they purposefully changed the analysis time horizon from 25 years (last City pension measure Prop D 2010) to 10 years so the $140k cap would not be reflected in its comparative savings estimates, since the cap applies to new hires only.

Prop C also goes after the health care of retirees to make up for its shortcoming in pension savings- just totally unacceptable. Pretty incredible- instead of making the $200,000 City employees increase their pension contribution percentage (as D does), C elected to go after retiree health care. Boy do police and fire rule the roost in that Family.

Understand your voting for neither. I'll vote for D. The pension bill is too large to cover on new taxes alone- $6.5 billion over next ten years.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 31, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

A pension cap, all by itself, would be a great reform. Adachi's measure D cuts far deeper into the basic welfare of the working class.

Put a simple cap on the ballot next year and I, and many others, will happily vote for it.

Absolutely not Prop D.

D is for 'Dead On Arrival'.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Aug. 31, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

I didn't say I myself had come to a conclusion. I said the SF Green Party had. I'm a member but that doesn't mean I've come to a conclusion.

Posted by Ann Garrison on Aug. 31, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

Things are so grim that I'm trying not to get overly irritable about anything. Among things grim are all the regressive tax measures on the San Francisco ballot in November. Nothing but. I'm asking around to see if I can figure out whether this is true all over the Bay Area and the country, though this isn't really my beat.

Posted by Ann Garrison on Aug. 31, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

Fiscal ill health sucks, doesn't it?

At least Adachi's plan makes city managers and police/firemen (many with pensions in the six figures) cover some of their own pension costs.

It doesn't go far enough. But at least it addresses some problems that the "city family" refuses to face in Prop C.

Posted by Barton on Aug. 31, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

It was reported in the SF Business Times (!) two weeks ago that John Avalos' local hire law will create more than 300 jobs a year and add an average of $17.7 million a year to the general fund over the next 10 years.

Thanks John, for helping combat both unemployment and the budget deficit with your important legislation!

Posted by Thanks John! on Aug. 31, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

I too was taken back by this falsehood that Avalos is anti-labor, nothing can be further from the truth. Adachi - you can make a strong case he is not a friend of working people, but you can make no case at all when it comes to Avalos. I'm so upset about this I am switching my vote for Ed Lee, to Avolos. Avolos, even if you don't agree with his left of center politics, is an outstanding person who cares deeply about working people.

Posted by Guest rocky on Aug. 31, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

but will be voting for Adachi. Avalos seems genuine- I'll give him that.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 31, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

Really,

Joe Eskenazi's cover story over at the Weekly yesterday was the best thing to date on the pension issue. He brings out the fact that Adachi has continued a back channels negotiation with union leaders in hopes of guaranteeing that at least one of the measures will pass. Jeff has single-handedly dragged the vicious union management before the voters for a second time and this time he'll win on not only his reform measure but also will be victorious in his mayoral campaign.

The problem is a small cadre of hate-filled, power hungry and greedy men which includes Gabriel Haaland and Joe Mazzola Sr. and Gary Delugnuts and Tim O'Connor. All of the spewed hate comes from this quartet. None comes from Jeff Adachi.

On a totally unrelated item the Giants dumped Aaron Rowand yesterday and will pay 14 million for the split. That's more than will be spent by all of the mayoral candidates combined. And Rowand doesn't have to do anything but sit and home and drink beer and watch TV. Hell, I'd have done that for half the price.

Adachi's kick-off last evening was a lawyer-fest. Got to yammer with Savannah Blackwell and Hope Johnson and Gonzalez. Tony Serra turned his back on a photographer trying to take a picture of my standing next to him. And I thought I was full of myself.

Now back to the Arthur Evans Show.

h.

Posted by h. brown on Sep. 01, 2011 @ 5:13 am

Some responses to your post above, H:

You say:

“this time he'll [Jeff Adachi] win on not only his reform measure but also will be victorious in his mayoral campaign.”

Adachi does have some chance of seeing his pension measure passed, but his effort to be elected mayor is another matter. The law-and-order crowd and the unions hate him with a passion. Not even an endorsement from God could overcome those odds.

You say:

“The problem is a small cadre of hate-filled, power hungry and greedy men which includes Gabriel Haaland and Joe Mazzola Sr. and Gary Delugnuts and Tim O'Connor.”

You’re right that this is an unsavory crew. However, many of the progressive faithful have turned against Adachi, viewing him as a tool of capitalists. These progressives hate him with the same passion that religious zealots have toward apostates who leave the faith. It’s a sect thing.

You say:

“Got to yammer with Savannah Blackwell and Hope Johnson and Gonzalez.”

They must have been thrilled, huh?

You say:

“Now back to the Arthur Evans Show.”

Too bad you didn’t succeed in getting me banned from here. Bummer, huh?

Posted by Arthur Evans on Sep. 01, 2011 @ 8:16 am

"However, many of the progressive faithful have turned against Adachi, viewing him as a tool of capitalists. These progressives hate him with the same passion that religious zealots have toward apostates who leave the faith. It’s a sect thing."

I don't believe these folks view him as a tool of capitalists- that's just a political response that these folks believe is their best talking point. Granted, we can't read minds but I'm sorry - it's tough seeing a guy who has spent a lifetime fighting for social justice getting his PD budget slashed in part because of rising pension costs as being a tool of capitalists. These folks I assume are reasonably intelligent people. Adachi went to those capitalists, they didn't come to him. (You'd have to believe Moritz of all things he is wont to do, called Adachi out of the blue about starting a petition drive to reduce City worker benefits and asked: "Hey, will you spearhead this thing for me?" And Adachi replied: "Sure thing Mike I've got nothing better to do!" Give me a break.)

You are forgetting greed is a great motivator. Delagnes and O'Connor are motivated by greed- and that's no crime- but let's not pretend this is primarily about some form of ideology. The key difference between the Adachi and City Family Plans is that the City plan caps police and fire at 13.5% and Adachi slides to 16.5% (could slide a bit higher if employer contributon >20%) for the $200,000 plus worker.

They are in essence fighting higher contributions from their highest paid employees ultimately jeopardizing the solvency of the System and its ability to pay pension benefits to the lowest paid workers. The Retirement System is $7 billion underfunded and growing.

Not a lot of "heroes" in this battle...

Posted by Guest on Sep. 01, 2011 @ 9:17 am

A more accurate restructuring of what you just wrote, is that Jeff Adachi, in his greed to advance his own political power, has seized upon the global capitalist attack on the working class, unemployed and in need (through weakening unions and other workers, and instituting drastic austerity measures) as his vehicle to personal advancement.

Adachi is doing in San Francisco, what cynical political figures are now doing all over the planet; attacking the people, in order to empower the rich and garner support from those rich, to gain campaign contributions and personal political status.

Seeing which way the wind was blowing (toward incredibly entrenched unaccountable wealth and power) Adachi indeed took his own initiative to approach that wealth and power and ingratiate himself to it by offering to -locally- lead the -global- capitalist attack on workers.

What Adachi is doing is simply the local version of what has been happening in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Greece, England, and indeed the whole of Europe.

It is a blatant attempt by the wealthy to drive a final dagger into the heart of working class civil society, to deliver it a death blow.

The fact that Adachi worked with the incredibly corrupt Joe Nation to craft this policy, leaves no doubt where his alliances now lie.

Ironically, Adachi is using worker austerity measures as a cheap political vehicle, -just- as politicians have historically used the mantras of supporting the death penalty and being 'tough on crime'.

The drastic capitalist austerity measures for which Adachi is now leveraging open the door, will kill, and destroy the lives of, just as many people as have the prison industrial complex and the death penalty.

Adachi, once the defender against a murderous state, has now become another one of its executioners...

Posted by Eric Brooks on Sep. 01, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

As you continue to demonstrate - you know nothing about the financial challenges this City faces. I can't recall a single mathematical fact regarding the City's budget or pension costs you have ever cited.

You add nothing.

...."Scott Walker...Koch brothers...billionaires...attack on workers...Wisconsin." Blah blah blah

Posted by Guest on Sep. 01, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

Adach is a tool for the rich. Just look at who is funding his campaign.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 01, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

How are we going to pay our $6.5 billion pension bill?

More taxes on the poor like Prop G?

You folks are sooo progressive.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 01, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

"I don't believe these folks view him as a tool of capitalists- "

- Guest

SF progressivism has degenerated into a doctrinaire sect with a bunker mentality. If you only agree with 90% of their dogmas, they attack you as an enemy. They want total dogmatic conformity, or else you get hit with excommunication and demonization.

Jeff Adachi's great crime in progressives' eyes is thinking for himself, outside the box. Independent thinking is the thing that all sectarians hate the most. They have a higher regard for dogmatists from other sects than for members of their own sect who start to think for themselves.

You see this pattern in all sects, both political and religious, and in every part of the spectrum. It's true of the Roman Catholic hierarchy. It's true of right-wingers in small American towns. It's true of SF progressives.

Let's make human life safe for rationality. Otherwise, the species will have a very bleak future.

We don't need any more Dark Ages.

Posted by Arthur Evans on Sep. 01, 2011 @ 9:53 am

Eric Brooks, you say:

“Jeff Adachi, in his greed to advance his own political power, has seized upon the global capitalist attack on the working class…”

You remind me of Christian fundamentalists denouncing people whom they regard as tools of the Devil.

It’s a big Satanic conspiracy!!!!!!

You say:

“What Adachi is doing is simply the local version of what has been happening in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Greece, England, and indeed the whole of Europe.”

The Devil is active everywhere!!!!! Watch out!!!!!

You say:

“It is a blatant attempt by the wealthy to drive a final dagger into the heart of working class civil society…”

The souls of humanity are at stake!!!!!

You say:

“The drastic capitalist austerity measures for which Adachi is now leveraging open the door, will kill, and destroy the lives of, just as many people as have the prison industrial complex and the death penalty.”

It's the End Times!!!!!!!

You say:

“Adachi, once the defender against a murderous state, has now become another one of its executioners...”

Burn the heretic at the stake!!!!!

Posted by Arthur Evans on Sep. 01, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

bump (ignore this, just bumping a troll attack down the queue)

Posted by vigilante on Sep. 01, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

"""The fact that Adachi worked with the incredibly corrupt Joe Nation to craft this policy, leaves no doubt where his alliances now lie.""

And the fact that the SEIU works with Nathan Ballard, a paid servant of Union Carbide in India and the US war machine in Iraq, leaves no doubt about where the SEIU's alliances lie---with the imperialist/fascists.

That's just connecting the dots, folks

Posted by Barton on Sep. 01, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

Not a credible critique on your part.

When one hires a campaign consultant (as when hiring an attorney) one seeks to hire the best possible.

And campaign consultants (like attorneys) tend to be very agnostic about who their clients are. (Would I -personally- have hired Ballard? Probably not. But I am unusual in often standing on principle even when a high price is involved.) The SEIU is just trying to win by employing a top notch strategist.

But the point of the criticism of Adachi working with Nation is completely different. In that case we have a cynical, corrupt politician helping to -draft- an actual legal policy to be voted on.

This gives Nation and the corporations he stumps for, direct buy-in into that policy.

SEIU is only hiring Ballard to help them win a campaign, not to write laws. The two situations are entirely different.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Sep. 01, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

bump (ignore this, just bumping a troll attack down the queue)

Posted by vigilante on Sep. 01, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

"bump (ignore this, just bumping a troll attack down the queue)."

- Vigilante

A better approach is to welcome alternative views, focus on the topic of the thread, and act in good faith.

It's called acting like an adult.

Posted by Arthur Evans on Sep. 04, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

"Travel in your own country."

A favorite for failed ideas.

Posted by Toll is due on Sep. 05, 2011 @ 2:36 am

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