I am planning to attend tonite to rise during open forum to honor Jeff Adachi the SF Public Defender who died last week at age 59. When I ran for City Council in 2009, his work was brought to my attention by Aram James, who works for equal justice in South Bay (actually, Aram James and Doug Minkler, both Gunn grads, made a poster in support of Jeff’s campaign to increase the budget for his office, that tries 2,000 cases per year).
I worked briefly for Jeff’s 2011 campaign for SF mayor that yielded 15,000 votes (6th place, to Ed Lee’s 84,000); I handed out campaign literature in front of Whole Foods. Atlhough he was a liberal, his platform was oppsed by labor. (It addressed pension reform by requiring civll servants to contribute more to their pensions, progressively, or weighted).
Jeff was also a filmmaker, a father and a husband.
He was not a Palo Altan, but maybe we can name the new park parcel (Bouleware)for Jeff Adachi.