Adachi invite prompts plumbers union to withdraw from coalition 

San Francisco’s plumbers have broken from an influential alliance after the group invited Public Defender Jeff Adachi to the Aug. 16 mayoral debate sponsored by the Alliance for Jobs & Sustainable Growth

The politically active group formed in May 2010 represents a coalition of The City’s more conservative interests like the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the Police Officers Association and the Building Trades Union.

Larry Mazzola, Sr., head of the plumbers union and one of the founders of the group, fired off an Aug. 22 letter to the Alliance blasting its decision to invite Adachi to the mayoral debate, and to officially withdraw from the coalition.

“To give laborers’ number one enemy a free venue to say his pension reform is better than the mayor’s pension reform on television and on the radio and in the press was to me a mortal sin,” Mazzola said in a letter obtained by the San Francisco Examiner.

Mazzola said that Adachi “has spent his time proposing and publicizing bogus, phony and false pension ‘reforms’ – all designed to appeal to the anti-labor forces … who would deprive city employees of their just pension benefits. It has all been a political ploy for him to have a platform to run for mayor.”

It would be “the height of hypocrisy” for the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local Union 38 to remain part of the alliance, Mazzola said.

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