Maybe 9/11 weekend isn’t the best time to attack the police and fire departments with political ads.
On Monday, police and fire labor leaders blasted Public Defender Jeff Adachi over political fliers they say Adachi’s campaign distributed during the weekend accusing the public safety workers of cutting a “backroom deal” with Mayor Ed Lee.
“Only Jeff Adachi would think it is a good idea to spread flat-out lies about police officers and firefighters on September 11, and only Jeff Adachi would try to attack collective bargaining in San Francisco, a city that firmly believes in the right to join a union. Adachi has gone too far,” Tom O’Connor, president of Local 798, the firefighters union, said in a statement.
Police union head Gary Delagnes said that “Over the September 11 weekend, as firefighters and police officers around the U.S. were on heightened alert, Jeff Adachi’s campaign was busy spreading vicious lies about San Francisco police officers and firefighters.”
Adachi is not happy about a concession deal Lee struck with police and fire labor unions that also protected these public safety workers from Adachi’s pension measure for two years.
While Adachi attacks this provision, Lee and the public safety leaders praise the deal for saving The City millions of dollars beginning this fiscal year.
Adachi said that only on Thursday was it publicly released that the labor agreement was being voted on Tuesday by the Board of and he wanted to get the information out to residents in time for the vote. The fliers were sent out on Sept. 9, he said.
"We had no choice," Adachi said of the timing. He said that the question about whether the labor deal is a good one is unrelated to 9/11 and the 10-year anniversary.