"Did I make it on time? Who do I make my check out to?" Jeff Adachi asked the department of elections clerk at about 4:15 p.m. today. Adachi had come to the department to submit the signatures and the five grand required from anyone who hopes to become a bona fide candidate for mayor of San Francisco.
As SF Weekly's Joe Eskenazi tells us, Adachi offered the dozen reporters on the scene this explanation for his late entry: "We need to have a real debate, and it needs to start with the truth. I listened to what the candidates said in the last debates about pension reform, and I'm convinced they don't get it or don't want to get it."
Adachi announced that he will not be taking public financing, saying he doesn't want to take millions from the city coffers "when we're facing hundreds of millions in deficits." In inimitable Adachi fashion, he took the chance to remind us that this is the first year San Francisco has not offered public summer school.
Of his rivals in the race, he carped, "Compromise doesn't deliver results. Compromise can kill. The mayor [Ed Lee] tried to get reform. He fell short of what's necessary to fix the problem."
Eskenazi reports that after the brief press conference, Adachi crossed the street from City Hall to fill out the Ethics Commission paperwork required to start a campaign committee.