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Judge cut off in public comment

August 10, 2016

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Back in 2012, the Chief Justice proclaimed in an interview that she would try to “have new voices circulate in and out” of the Judicial Council.  She said that the Council should counter the perception that it was insular and elitist by “open[ing] everything up to the public.” Those words have proven to be empty […]

AB-1793 – Deep Pocket Justice

July 27, 2016

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Today the Judicial Council of California is in a substantial compliance hearing with Jacobs Engineering and their various entities in San Francisco Superior Court. But what we’d like to call your attention to is the deep pockets justice that is happening behind the scenes because Jacobs cannot win on the merits of their case. Framing it […]

The Judicial Council’s 60 million dollar storage closet

July 25, 2016

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A few years ago we shared with you the story about the 6 million dollar Plumas-Sierra regional storage shed. Sure, compared to CCMS or the unlicensed contractor debacle, 6 million dollars for a regional storage shed is pocket change. Apparently,the AOC heard our dismissal of their paltry waste of money and envisioned something bolder. In […]

Thermal Runaway

July 11, 2016

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Thermal runaway refers to a situation where an increase in temperature changes the conditions in a way that causes a further increase in temperature, often leading to a destructive result. It also perfectly describes the situation that exists between unarmed and cooperative people of color who are being killed under color of authority and the […]

No more pfabulous boondoggles or trips to disneyland on the taxpayers dime?

June 22, 2016

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While we remain unsure of the scope of change, here is what has been communicated to us by multiple sources. Consistently, everyone indicates that there were more than a dozen let go at the AOC and that the facilities management unit was hit the hardest. We won’t be seeing anymore pfabulous boondoggles or taxpayer trips […]

Surprise Layoffs at the AOC today?

June 20, 2016

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This afternoon we received a note mentioning a dozen surprise layoffs at the AOC today that we would like to confirm from other sources. The reason we would like to confirm them is that a good portion of them exist in digital purgatory and are directly responsible for many of the issues that propelled the […]

Proposed Amendments To Government Code Section 68203 Should Be Rejected

June 16, 2016

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On May 20, the California Judges Association announced it had “averted a proposed repeal of an essential judicial salary statute,” Government Code section 68203, which establishes the formula whereby judicial officers receive pay raises based on an average of raises received by other state employees. It has since been revealed that CJA President, Eric Taylor, […]

Long Beach Courthouse Will Bleed Construction Funds For Decades

June 6, 2016

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We forward this link to an article by Monica Showalter of the American Media Institute that was recently published in the Long Beach Press Telegram. The article details the ongoing financial burden posed by the George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach. We note that the article might have lowballed the annual service fee; according to […]

Judicial Council Power Grab Resurfaces

May 24, 2016

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We recently reported on the ongoing campaign—opposed by much of the judiciary—to pass a bill granting the Judicial Council the power to reallocate vacant judgeships from one county to another. Until last month, we thought that the idea was just a “concept” under discussion by the members of the Futures Commission. But it emerged in […]

In 2014, U.S. police seized more citizens’ property without a conviction, than all the country’s burglars stole.

May 19, 2016

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Asset forfeiture and the prison industrial complex. In 2014, U.S. police seized more citizens’ property without a conviction, than all the country’s burglars stole. Marijuana is the number one drug arrest in America and in many cases, possession of marijuana has allowed law enforcement to seize assets without so much as a court hearing. Whenever a […]

Alliance Judges Oppose Two Giant Power Grabs

May 4, 2016

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We call your attention to two legislative proposals under which the Judicial Council would arrogate to itself enormous new powers. The first proposal, which percolated out of the Futures Commission, would allow the Council to reallocate vacant judgeships from one county to another “under a methodology approved by the council.”  In other words, if a […]

AOC Refuses to Make Good on Chief Justice’s Promise of Transparency

April 21, 2016

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  “Because your email requests information not set forth in judicial administrative records, it is being referred to Justice Harry E. Hull, Jr., the Chief Justice’s designee for considering such requests, pursuant to policy 2.8. . . .”.   These words are the death knell for many a request for information about the AOC. Three […]

Your ideas for saving the court system money

April 19, 2016

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Here’s a post that was suggested by a reader that works within the court system. She suggested that we put up a post and field suggestions from others inside and outside of the court system on how the court system can save money. Her suggestion was this: As long as you know what you’re being […]

California’s Dark History: 167 years of taking advantage of societies most vulnerable

February 22, 2016

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California was born in a rush for surface gold in 1849. In that year, there were 54 Chinese immigrants in California by most historical accounts. One year later, California had 116,000 Chinese immigrants, many of whom ventured into gold country to stake and work claims. Shortly after California was declared a state, naturally born Americans […]

Futures Commission Comes Out of the Dark for Limited Public Comment

February 10, 2016

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We want to first deliver the Alliance of California Judges latest communique and after the end of their communique that includes some courthouse news articles, we’ve added an additional opinion piece that includes an op-ed by Jeff Adachi that we spotted that we just happen to agree with because we’re pretty good at math and […]

ACJ Response to Futures Commission “Concepts”

February 3, 2016

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Set forth below is a letter sent to Justice Carol Corrigan, chair of the Chief Justice’s Futures Commission. The Commission is accepting public comment on 15 concepts in advance of a public hearing scheduled for February 8-9. Many of these concepts, conceived behind closed doors with the assistance of AOC staff, will harm the Judicial […]