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AOC pay raises hurt branch credibility, undermine efforts to restore court funding

August 28, 2013

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AOC pay raises hurt branch credibility, undermine efforts to restore court funding. Branch leadership is now claiming that the recent Judicial Council pay raises granted by the Chief Justice are simply “merit salary adjustments.” In reality, these are discretionary and ill-timed pay raises that are siphoning funds needed to operate our courts, undermining public confidence […]

AOC’s Proposed Wish List Excludes Additional Trial Court Staffing, Includes Additional AOC Staffing

July 31, 2013

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JCW: It’s an amazing conversation to listen to. The courts have identified all of these needs and shortcomings in their own operations and what spews forth for approval from the AOC isn’t a single suggestion that any of these needs be funded but that the AOC push forth and augment their own staff by yet […]

The AOC: The only place in government where making 12 copies takes 60 days

July 26, 2013

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After hearing rumors about a rental in San Francisco being used by AOC leadership one of our media partners crafted a public information request and submitted it to pubinfo. Knowing that it wasn’t likely that the rental was an AOC line item, the author instead thought through the AOC travel expense claim process and surmised […]

Another AOC back room deal underscores yet another boondoggle

June 12, 2013

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Let’s be clear about one thing: We’re strong supporters of both living and prevailing wage laws. We’re even strong supporters of unions in their time and place. In their time and place being the qualifier. In many cases, the decline of union wages and benefits resulted not from an erosion of union wages but the […]

Parsing Words or Disregard for Legislative intent? You be the judge…

April 30, 2013

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A note from JCW: Yes folks, the “We’re all in this together” boondogglers and their codependent enablers are working a new angle to get you to part with your hard-earned tax dollars. Truth be told, they never stopped. As we see new formulas being circulated to redistribute finances between courts, you never saw the issue of […]

My court unification efforts have become a failure

April 11, 2013

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By Larry Stiriling – a retired legislator and a retired judge My court-unification effort has become a failure. Most former politicians do not own up to their errors, but here is one that needs understanding and corrective action by the legislature. “Court unification” was an attractive concept that emerged from what was then known as “The […]

When Ten Bucks buys you all the publicity you can handle…

March 27, 2013

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  March 25, 2013 Dear Members and Others, We forward on to you an excellent in-depth article from the Courthouse News, by reporter Maria Dinzeo, concerning the AOC’s trailer bill language which would assess a $10 dollar fee per case file requested by media and other persons. This article is replete with numerous links and […]

A Constitutional Amendment to Democratize the Judicial Council

March 9, 2013

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The reason  this amendment is necessary California’s judicial branch has undergone massive change since the late 1990’s with the Lockyer-Isenberg State Trial Court Funding Act of 1997 and the Trial Court Consolidation Act (Prop 220) of 1998. The resulting bureaucracy that was created at the state level to oversee these changes is unparalleled. The Administrative […]

The End of the Line for Reform

March 6, 2013

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March 6, 2013 Dear Members and Others, The fallout continues in the wake of the Judicial Council’s decision to repudiate the recommendation of the Chief Justice’s Strategic Evaluation Committee that called for the demise of the AOC’s generous telecommuting policy. We attach an opinion piece from Courthouse News editor Bill Girdner commenting on this extraordinary, […]

Ushering in A New Era in Continuing Judicial Education & Dialogue

March 3, 2013

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Palo Alto, California (YenWire) Ushering in A New Era in Continuing Judicial Education & Dialogue Recently concluded earlier this afternoon was a fascinating judicial education program brought to California’s judiciary by the Alliance of California Judges. Produced by George Mason University School of Law, it was a part of their Mason Judicial Education Program concentrating […]

JC/AOC – 2 million more to hire 29 more..

January 23, 2013

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Along with the 32 people who were onboarded in the month of December, we learned in early January that this process of onboarding temporary and contract workers is ongoing at the AOC. What really floored us though is our own head count analysis that put the AOC’s authorized FTE’s (Full Time Employees) at 815 and […]

Meanwhile back at the AOC, money grows on trees

September 11, 2012

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I don’t know what is more intellectually offensive – The AOC keeping 111 temps on their books or the October 16th, 4 hour meeting where everyone supervisor and above will be flown into San Francisco. Now if the purpose of this meeting was to issue pink slips, I could understand flying them in to fire […]

Smokin’, Smokin’ Comments and News of a Strike by San Francisco Superior Court

July 16, 2012

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SofaMan. They. Mean. Business. Judicial Council Watcher heartily supports the rank and file court workers of San Francisco Superior Court  and Service Employees International Union Local 1021 in their fight against the death star. Unfortunately, the management of San Francisco Superior Court, like it or not is going along for the ride. Enjoy and in […]

AOC nixes daily e-news service

July 13, 2012

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July 12, 2012 Dear Members and Others, Earlier today, second interim executive director Jody Patel notified E-News subscribers that the AOC would be “temporarily suspending” its daily news clipping service because of “ongoing staff cutbacks at the AOC.” We include her email for your information. We question the wisdom of this policy and whether Ms. […]

ACJ Article: SFCHRON:-AOC Needs a Trim. AOC e-news: Fair and transparent?

June 2, 2012

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You remember those two twin censors (tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum) in the movie Good Morning Vietnam? As we’ve been trying to tell you, they now work for Phil Carrizosa and Peter Allen. _____________________________________________________ June 1, 2012 Dear Members and Others, We attach two pieces for you that you will not read in the AOC E-News. The […]

Two new ACJ articles for discussion: The fallout and the CJ’s response

May 30, 2012

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5/29/12 Dear Members and Others: As we predicted, the press was not fooled by the cynical timing of the release of the SEC report last Friday evening before a three day weekend.  We include two articles on this issue, one by reporter Maria Dinzeo of the Courthouse News, and another by columnist Dan Walters of […]