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 […]