If the insiders repeat it enough we will actually believe it?

March 18, 2015

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You probably noticed that the insiders on the judicial council, save a few blowhards like judge David Rosenberg who basically framed the latest audit report as a pack of lies were unusually quiet leading up to the legislative hearing. It was only after the hearing that we see other press reports that suggest that the […]

Key Legislator to AOC: “What the hell did you do with that money?”

March 12, 2015

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Yesterday, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and Assembly Budget Subcommittee #5 on Public Safety held hearings on the recent audit of the Judicial Council and the AOC.  State Auditor Elaine Howle did not pull any punches.  She painted an ugly picture of an agency that has lost its way, one that has strayed from its […]

Will they walk the talk?

March 12, 2015

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Yesterday you heard judge Marsha Slough and Martin Hoshino sit in front of an assembly subcommittee and represent that they’re taking seriously the auditors findings and executing on a strategy to address them. But the two judges McCabe and Wachob were brought aboard the judicial council three years ago with great fanfare and they were […]

Eliminating the name has only exacerbated the problem

March 11, 2015

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Late last year after the judicial council had received a customary draft copy of the state auditors report, the judicial council took it upon themselves to eliminate the name “Administrative Office of the Courts”. To those who work in the AOC, the change was all but totally meaningless because the name they recognized was “Judicial […]

Hearing on audit of court bureaucracy

March 11, 2015

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Today, March 11, at 10:00 AM, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and the Assembly Budget Subcommittee 5 will hold a hearing on State Auditor Elaine Howle’s recent audit of the California Judicial Council. This audit, much like the audit of the CCMS computer project, found numerous instances of lack of oversight, mismanagement, inappropriate spending by […]

Items that an auditor of construction should look into

March 6, 2015

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As we’ve expressed many times before the broad exemptions to the state fraud, waste and abuse laws for construction activity means that the former AOC can run their business any way they choose to. If they want to hire their spouse to perform the work and pay them ten times what a project should cost, […]

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