|San Francisco Public Defender|
|March 2002 - Present|
|Years in position||12|
|Bachelor's||University of California, Berkeley|
|J.D.||Hastings College of the Law|
He was elected to the position of San Francisco Public Defender in March 2002 after having worked in the San Francisco Public Defender's office for fifteen years as a Deputy Public Defender. From 1998-2001, he was the Chief Attorney of the San Francisco Public Defender's office.
Adachi's parents and grandparents were confined in internment camps during World War II. Adachi says that this is what led to his commitment to justice: "My desire to be a public defender comes from both my parents' and grandparents' experience of being interned during the war. They lost everything, stripped of all their possessions, and were incarcerated for four years. Their struggle for justice is something that has always stayed with me."
Pension reform crusader
Proposition B in 2010
Adachi was the leading force behind the San Francisco's Proposition B on the November 2, 2010 ballot. Proposition B, which was narrowly defeated, would have required city workers to contribute more to their own pension and health insurance costs.
According to Rachel Gordon, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle:
- "Adachi is an unusual crusader for pension reform. As the city's elected public defender, he has been a solid voice for San Francisco's political left and until now has had the strong backing of organized labor. By pushing his pension measure, he has alienated a portion of his base and, some say, better positioned himself for a possible run for mayor by trumpeting an issue that has resonated with moderate voters."
Proposition D in 2011
In the wake of the loss of Proposition B in November 2010, Adachi re-formulated his pension reform measure and submitted three variations of a new concept to the San Francisco elections office in March 2011.
Ultimately, Adachi's second effort, Proposition D, qualified for the November 8, 2011 ballot after its supporters submitted 72,640 signatures on July 11. This was 26,000 more signatures than were required.
Jeff Adachi describes the San Francisco public defender's office
- See also: San Francisco mayoral election, 2011
Adachi says that he decided to jump into San Francisco's November 8, 2011 mayoral election the night before the filing deadline while watching a debate among the existing mayoral contenders: "Everybody was talking about how fine and dandy everything was. I turned to my wife and said, 'No one's talking about the real issues - fixing the structural problems in the city.' She said, 'Well, what are you going to do about it?'"
Adachi was re-elected to a third four-year term as San Francisco's Public Defender on the November 2, 2010 ballot with no opposition. He won 199,502 votes in this uncontested election, which was 98.85% of votes cast.
Adachi was re-elected to the position of San Francisco's Public Defender on November 7, 2006 with no opposition. He won 180,771 votes in this uncontested election, which was 98.85% of votes cast.
Adachi was first elected to the position of San Francisco's Public Defender on March 5, 2002. His opponent in the race was Kimiko Burton.
- Adachi: 71,489 (54.43%)
- Burton: 59,608 (45.38%)
Adachi and his wife, Mutsuko, are the parents of one daughter.
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Pension petition deadline looms," June 28, 2010
- Beyond Chron, "Adachi’s Entry, Debate Hecklers Boost Mayor Lee’s Campaign," August 15, 2011
- San Francisco Public Defender's Office, "Leadership"
- The Recorder, "Adachi Touts Management Experience," February 5, 2002
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Jeff Adachi is used to going against the grain," October 10, 2011
- "Local ballot measure campaigns reach the finish line," July 6, 2010
- Bay Citizen, "Details of Adachi's Pension Proposals — All 3 of Them," March 22, 2011
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Jeff Adachi’s pension measure gets almost 73,000 signatures," July 11, 2011
- Smart Voter, November 2, 2010 San Francisco Public Defender election results
- Smart Voter, November 7, 2006 San Francisco Public Defender election results
- Smart Voter, March 5, 2002 San Francisco Public Defender election results