Another pfabulous meeting?

February 24, 2015

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It is being alleged that on March 9 2015, Gerald Pfab is hosting another all day meeting in Sacramento’s AOC Offices with all of the facilities management unit staff from around the State required to attend in person to discuss reductions in the facilities management unit vehicle fleet. (a little more than half of the […]

How’s that open meeting rule working for you?

February 17, 2015

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Back in 2013, in an effort to fix the lack of transparency that led to the CCMS fiasco, the Legislative Analyst’s Office directed the Judicial Council to “submit to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee a report on the implementation of an open meetings rule” for its advisory bodies. So the Council came up with a […]

Wait….an expiring gas tax? Making an epiphany a reality

February 17, 2015

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One of the vehicles that we’ve endorsed as financing for the state courts is somehow making a connection between drivers and driving and local court funding. We felt this way because the vast majority of all cases that hit every court are by far and away, traffic cases. So we were more than a little […]

More lack of accountability from the accountability committee

February 14, 2015

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February 11, 2015 In her blistering assessment of the AOC, State Auditor Elaine Howle took particular note of the failings of the Judicial Council’s Advisory Committee on Financial Accountability and Efficiency for the Judicial Branch. “It is unclear how the financial advisory committee can ensure accountability of the AOC when it does not exist independently […]

Let’s just be honest and call them the rubber stamp of approval committee…..

February 11, 2015

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You probably just witnessed the birth of CCMS V5 in another thread. As always happens with knowingly controversial expenditures, judicial council staff brought before the accountability and efficiency committee a request for 5.6 million dollars to start developing some data exchange connectors, which coincidentally is one of the only remaining items that would have needed […]

The Backstory: How AOC Salaries Got Out of Whack

February 2, 2015

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The recent Report of the California State Auditor slammed the AOC for paying its employees “unreasonably high salaries and generous benefits” that are “much higher than the salaries they would earn in comparable executive branch positions.”   These salaries are particularly excessive at the top: “The AOC pays eight of its nine office directors more than […]

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