Tony Hall, Mayoral Candidate, Barred from Debate Because of His Stance on Pensions

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Unions representing San Francisco's police officers and firefighters have barred former city Supervisor Tony Hall from participating in a debate among mayoral candidates slated for tomorrow, citing in part Hall's aggressive stance on reforming municipal workers' pension and healthcare packages.

In a statement released today, Hall said he had been informed by leaders of the San Francisco Police Officers Association that he was not invited to the union-sponsored debate because of his advocacy of "stronger pension reform" than that proposed by labor unions and Mayor Ed Lee.

The forum will take place tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at Marines Memorial Theater, and be moderated by San Francisco Chronicle columnist Phil Matier.

"San Francisco's political scene has now descended to a point where a major newspaper columnist and labor unions will put their brand on a false forum that intentionally shuts out opposing points of view," Hall said.

How best to lower costs to the city stemming from public employees' retirement benefits is one of the hot topics of the coming election season. Lee and Public Defender Jeff Adachi have put forward contrasting plans for addressing the problem, with Adachi's delivering bigger savings. Hall says he would like a plan that slashes pension expenses even more than Adachi's would.

POA Vice President Kevin Martin told SF Weekly that the major factor in Hall's exclusion from the debate was organizers' desire to keep the candidate field down to a manageable number.

"There's a very, very large field of candidates running," Martin said. "It was decided by the POA and [San Francisco Firefighters] Local 798 that the most viable candidates would be invited."

However, Martin acknowledged that Hall's position on pension reform also influenced the decision not to invite him.

"That Tony Hall does not endorse the POA's and the firefighters union's and the city's pension plan was certainly a factor, but not the overwhelming factor," Martin said.

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YJDraiman ForMayor
YJDraiman ForMayor

No clear lead for Los Angeles Mayoral Candidates  YJ Draiman, a relatively unknown candidate for Mayor, found himself in a prime position on the lineup with an audience that was his, and he faced that opportunity by driving his point’s home with a forceful presentation that was persuasive in its delivery.

In a clear demonstration of his compassion for the audience, he capitalized on opportunities to relax and revel in the supportive nature, punching campaign bullet points for the audience, challenging the current administration responsible for standing in the way of success. YJ Draiman’s vision is to make Los Angeles the World Capital of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.Kevin James found himself in the unenviable position of addressing a restless audience and he turned it around by wrangling their discontent and rallying them around his observation, “As the sixth speaker, I get to listen to the others talk about what’s wrong with LA and now we get to talk about solutions. Kevin stated numerous times that only Draiman’s speech mirrored many of his points.” http://www.yjdraimanformayor.c...

Paul Malo
Paul Malo

When elected, are you willing to complete the term of office for free?Forfeiting salary, benefits, gifts, and contributions during the term of office?Any response is appreciated.  THANK YOU for your time and consideration.

Elizabeth Frantes
Elizabeth Frantes

The "reform" doesn't touch those who caused the problem, only new hires who had nothing to do with it . .. all elected and appointed officials should get NO pensions, only those organizations that had to come up with contracts. 

Sales
Sales

Yee and Avalos did not show up to this POS false debate. The six that showed all said the same thing and kissed cop and fire ass bigtime. I don't know why Yee and Avalos did not show and if they were showing some backbone I tip my hat.

Sales
Sales

Tony Hall is literally the only candidate with any clear and positive differentiation.

LOL......invite Phil Ting but not Tony Hall.......these "hero" cops are firefighters haev shown their true colors. F*ck 'em.

Sparafucile
Sparafucile

Nothing like free speech, and a free & open forum of ideas, in a free and fair campaign.

Next up: The League of Women Voters allows only supporters of free birth control to participate in its debates.

njudah
njudah

they have the right to organize the event as they see fit, but this comes off a bit cheap. Then again, you can't have a meaningful debate with 30 people either all fitting big issues and policies into 2 minute soundbites.

RBorBust
RBorBust

Can this City get any more corrupt??

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