No diversity in Judicial Council appointments

Posted on August 22, 2013

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The architecture of inbreeding

It’s a fair assumption that if you’re conducting official council business on behalf of the death star that your local court and citizens are probably missing out on your public service to them. One would think that this shouldn’t normally be an issue because an official appointment to a state council position arguably has you representing the interests of your local court and constituents. But we all know that not to be true.

One must work their way through the loyalty ranks to earn one of the esteemed positions of power on the council. But what happens to your local court when your schedule is loaded with judicial council business because you sit on three or more committees? As told by reliable AOC sources, it is these people that sit on multiple committees that have the least amount of available time to do anything but rubber-stamp AOC recommendations. They don’t have time to do their own research or ask their own questions. Their willingness to dial in to a committee meeting and provide no meaningful participation is what causes many of them to be reappointed time after time. Should the rule on opening meetings to the public make its way through the legislature, this lack of representation, participation and oversight will become as clear as day.

No, what really bothers us is the marked lack of diversity in judicial council and committee appointments and appointing chairs over electing them. In particular what bothers us is seeing a name all over the place as sitting on multiple committees and being either reappointed to those same committees or a subtle game of musical chairs where the same few members are rotated from committee to committee.

Do these select few have any time left in their day to do their local courts business? Why must the same members exist on multiple committees instead of some rule that states you can only sit on one committee in the interests of fostering diversity?

This holds true with committee chair positions as well. One has to apparently be able to demonstrate their brown-nosing street creds to sit and rotate as a committee chair. After all, it is the committee chair that controls the agenda of any committee and we can’t have chairs roaming off the range. We must have chairs that speak with one voice so that loyal committee members know how they should be voting.

Take for instance the most recent re-appointments to council positions and the composition of just those those committees: http://courts.ca.gov/23217.htm

We’ll just go with AOC and JC representations and demonstrate their rainbow of diversity in colors. The really sad part about this lack of diversity? It spans every committee in the council. The net effect is that all of these committees assist the council in touting diversity except that this diverse group of the same appointees isn’t diversity at all. With each member you can map how they walked through the ranks demonstrating their SWOV street creds. All others have been intentionally excluded.

EXECUTIVE AND PLANNING
Hon. Douglas P. Miller, Chair
Hon. David M. Rubin, Vice-Chair
Hon. Sue Alexander
Hon. Stephen H. Baker
Hon. David De Alba
Hon. Teri L. Jackson
Hon. Mary Ann O’Malley
Hon. Brian C. Walsh
Mr. James P. Fox
Mr. Mark P. Robinson, Jr.
Mr. David Yamasaki

LITIGATION MANAGEMENT
Hon. Mary Ann O’Malley, Chair
Hon. David Rosenberg, Vice-Chair
Hon. Stephen H. Baker
Hon. Harry E. Hull, Jr.
Hon. Teri L. Jackson
Hon. Morris D. Jacobson
Hon. Dean T. Stout
Mr. David Yamasaki

RULES AND PROJECTS
Hon. Harry E. Hull, Jr., Chair
Hon. Judith Ashmann-Gerst, Vice-Chair
Hon. Emilie H. Elias
Hon. Morris D. Jacobson
Hon. Brian L. McCabe
Hon. Dean T. Stout
Hon. Charles D. Wachob
Ms. Angela J. Davis
Ms. Mary Beth Todd

TECHNOLOGY
Hon. James E. Herman, Chair
Hon. David De Alba, Vice-Chair
Hon. Emilie H. Elias
Hon. Sherrill A. Ellsworth
Hon. Teri L. Jackson
Mr. Mark G. Bonino
Ms. Angela J. Davis
Mr. Mark P. Robinson, Jr.
Ms. Charlene I. Ynson

POLICY COORDINATION AND LIAISON
Hon. Kenneth K. So, Chair
Hon. James R. Brandlin, Vice-Chair
Hon. Marvin R. Baxter
Hon. Sherrill A. Ellsworth
Hon. Robert A. Glusman
Hon. James E. Herman
Hon. David Rosenberg
Mr. Mark G. Bonino
Mr. James P. Fox
Ms. Charlene I. Ynson