San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi will ask supervisors on Wednesday to allow him to fill seven vacant positions in his office–a move that could save the cash-strapped city $926,000 while ensuring equal justice for San Francisco’s poorest residents.
San Francisco’s impending $522 million budget deficit may come with a silver lining: It may finally force San Francisco city leaders and the electorate to make the tough decisions needed to turn things around.
While Proposition A, titled “Budget Reform,” takes a few steps toward changing the current process by which our city’s annual budget is decided, it falls far short of the reforms necessary to address our city’s long-term fiscal health.
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi said that he plans to ask the Board of Supervisors to approve a request to fill some vacant positions in order to meet his assigned caseload.
Months of budget battles came to an end Tuesday as the Board of Supervisors voted to restore $650,000 to the Public Defender’s Office. The restoration is in addition to $300,000 that the Budget and Finance Committee voted to allocate to the office last month.
“Parity” is not the same as equality when it comes to funding this country’s promise of justice for all.
Public Defender Jeff Adachi asks the Board of Supervisors to restore funding to avoid increased costs to the city.
Show your support while former clients of the Public Defender’s Office explain how the legal services provided by the office contributed to positive outcomes in their lives.
“In my earlier submission, I predicted that the budget battle between the Mayor and the Public Defender’s office would end badly. What I didn’t predict is what actually happened.”
The Public Defender’s Office and the 29,000 people it represents need your support.