ACJ letter & upcoming assembly review on CCMS – and an AB1208 meeting?

Posted on March 9, 2012


March 7, 2012

Dear Members and Others,
We are pleased to inform you that Assembly Majority Leader Charles Calderon has requested a meeting on March 15th with the key judicial and legislative branch parties regarding AB1208. The Assembly Majority Leader’s letter to the Alliance is attached hereto.  The Alliance has already accepted the offer to meet and is hopeful that the Chief Justice will likewise accept.
We attach an article by Courthouse News reporter Maria Dinzeo concerning this new development. The letter of invitation to the Chief Justice can be accessed by a link within the article.  In addition we believe you will find of interest another story from the Courthouse News detailing the San Francisco Superior Courts innovative approach to deploying it’s own e-filing project.  Finally, we include another Courthouse News article about the announcement that the Los Angeles Superior Court will soon be forced to lay off another 300 employees, and close 50 courtrooms.
Finally, we want to remind you that next Wednesday, March 14th at 1:30 the Assembly will convene a hearing on CCMS. Your Alliance directors will be in attendance and will keep you apprised of what occurs.
We continue to add new members. Please help us in this effort by contacting your colleagues and urging them to sign up.
Directors, Alliance of California Judges
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The word on the meeting on the 15th is that the meeting doesn’t work for Senator Steinberg because he will be out of town on that date and that the chief justice (a label that is beginning to develop a bad taste) is still thinking about the meeting. Thus far, Cantil-Sakauye has done a great deal of posturing and has avoided meeting with AB1208 sponsors. She knows the golden rule and knows that whomever has the gold makes the rules and right now the AOC has the gold and the AOC makes the rules as her proxy. Sending a delegation or as Steinberg has done, simply indicate you’re just not available gives you plenty of leeway to continue disingenuous posturing against the legislation and the opposition.

Frankly, the mis-truths coming out about AB1208 at the direction of the chief justice are frankly embarrassing to witness. Rather than debate the merits in any forum, she wants sound bytes of her and others on the bully pulpit speaking against the legislation to carry the day – posturing indeed.  And it is because of all of that posturing that it does not make sense for the chief to meet with Calderon from a posturing perspective, something that Steinberg already knows, even though a lack of a meeting would put wind in the sails of AB1208 supporters, there’s a genuine fear that a fruitless meeting might put even more wind in the sails of AB1208.

Perhaps the AB1208 opposition is calculating that ignoring the sponsors and creating their own version of the truth has worked thus far and will help carry the day. We’re calculating that a lack of a meeting attended by the chief justice herself – and not merely her selected delegation – will demonstrate more posturing by a bully – and not from a bully pulpit.

If you can attend the assembly meeting on CCMS on the 14th or write the committee members be sure to do so. Be forewarned that with the AOC’s recent musical management chairs surrounding the program – expect everyone to feign ignorance because the last dolt to run or manage the program was forced out – but they will need another several hundred million to keep CCMS on a lifeline while they sort things out.  We expect Mark Dusman to feign ignorance although he’s been overseeing the program as the IT director since its inception and we expect Jody Patel to feign ignorance because she hasn’t been on the job for a year.

In short, expect a massive train wreck against a factual backdrop that CCMS V4 is vaporware that is not functional in any court in California and won’t be without several hundred million more invested in Deloitte.

Ferrari in the garage? How about a Yugo in the shop?

Let’ hope that the Assembly committee is smart enough to know it’s being hoodwinked and moves to terminate the project and its funding.

CCMS Hearing Date, Time & Location:

Joint Hearing Budget Subcommittee No. 4 On State Administration And Budget
Subcommittee No. 5 Public Safety

1:30 p.m. – State Capitol, Room 437 ( Listen or watch this hearing  )
Committees: Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration 

1:30 p.m. – State Capitol, Room 437

SUBJECT: Court Computer System
Item No. Description
0250 Judicial Branch
0502 California Technology Agency
8855 Bureau of State Audits