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The Fictional Works of Ron George

November 6, 2013

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The Quest for Justice in California – An autobiography by Former Chief Justice Ronald M. George When your ego knows no bounds and you’re being tagged as the cause of much strife and consternation by your peers, it’s time to jump on the old ‘puter and pen yourself some 800 pages of revisionist history. The […]

Recent Dan Walters Article

October 23, 2013

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  We provide you with a link to Dan Walters’ column in yesterday’s Sacramento Bee that discusses the formation of the Foundation for Democracy and Justice, a new public education foundation headed up in part by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. It is our understanding that this charitable foundation will be involved in public education regarding […]

Request for Comments: New judicial branch contracting manual

October 4, 2013

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It’s new and improved! While still in draft form because we know how the AOC likes to wait to the last minute to do anything they’re legally required to do we have a new version of the judicial branch contracting manual. It’s been revised and corrected and more closely represents what we would expect from […]

Is the AOC is contracting with entities that don’t appear to legally exist?

September 10, 2013

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One of the things that has shocked us over the years is how the AOC contracts with a multitude of entities that 1) Don’t appear to be legally formed or exist or 2) that they seemingly hire or otherwise engage hundreds of new law firms every year across California. The latter serves to bolster their […]

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 […]

Judicial Council Again Opposes Reform

July 3, 2013

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In signing the recent Budget Act, Governor Brown used a line item veto to eliminate the requirement that the Judicial Council open its policy meetings to the public. The Alliance thanks Speaker John Perez for his leadership and courage in seeking greater transparency in our branch by including this language in the Budget Act. The […]

Governor endorses near secret JC deliberations of the publics business.

June 28, 2013

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If there was any reason to veto a requirement that the judicial branch hold meetings open to the public, it should have been because such meetings were governed by an ineffectual rule of court and not codified in statutes. Without disclosing sound reasoning, governor Jerry Brown line-item-vetoed the requirement that the judicial branch open up […]

Artificially increasing the odds of “Not Reasonably Likely”…..

June 22, 2013

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  In another thread MaxRebo presents a suitable cause\effect analysis of the politically astute Cantil-Sakauye‘s (HRH-2) offensive renaming of the Star Chamber conference center as the William C Vickrey conference center. I’ll add to that mix the offensive renaming of the Ronald M. George state office complex. Besides the fact that these characters are still above […]

Welcome to June. Welcome to change.

June 4, 2013

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It’s a new month and with it come some significant changes. For the past eighteen months or so, we’ve covered less of the story ourselves and have relied upon both our own aggregation of judicial branch news as well as aggregation with your invaluable assistance. The reasons for this was that our resources were redirected […]

As Transparent As An Iron Curtain

May 6, 2013

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May 6, 2013 Dear Members and Others, First, we apologize for the length of this communication. We deem it necessary, however, to place in context what has become the standard operating procedure by branch leaders to refuse to disclose public information. In particular, reasonable requests for information from judges associated with the Alliance have been treated in […]

“Pay for View” was an AOC plan from the start

March 27, 2013

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March 27, 2013 Dear Members and Others, We attach an editorial penned by Bill Girdner of the Courthouse News. Suffice it to say, our branch leaders have gotten the attention of those in the media who report on court cases and who believe in open government. The author voices a concern that we share — […]

Time is running out for court funding group & Council Meeting Commentary

February 21, 2013

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February 21, 2013 Dear Members and Others, The Alliance of California Judges has been following the progress, or lack thereof, of the Trial Court Funding Workgroup appointed by the Governor and the Chief Justice. We attach an article by Courthouse News reporter, Maria Dinzeo, concerning Tuesday’s meeting. Governor Brown’s appointee and former Chief Deputy Director […]

The Judicial Council Technology Task Force – Banana Republic Style

February 11, 2013

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We called it an oligarchy. Ray Pensador said they’re turning our judicial system into something akin to a Banana Republic.  Here is proof-positive that we’re both correct.     _______________________________________________ February 11, 2013 Dear Members and Others, You probably have heard the expression, “The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same.” […]

Commentary: Halpin, Dorner, Chiang, Court Reporting and more.

February 9, 2013

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It isn’t too often we get to write commentary on a myriad of people and news items, most that are related, some that aren’t. First up is the AG’s office and the Jack Halpin case. The Attorney Generals’ office is seeking written opinions on the question “Is the Honorable Jack Halpin (Retired Superior Court Judge) […]

AOC’s Jerry Pfab seems to want to add insult to injury….

February 6, 2013

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From the You’ve got to be f—ing kidding me file comes this story out of the depths of the Death Star’s satellite office in Sacramento.  You might recall that our courts are crumbling and are otherwise falling apart due to a lack of facilities maintenance. In fact, the total unfunded facility maintenance liability to California’s […]

Diversionary Tactics of the JC\AOC

February 4, 2013

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You probably haven’t really noticed it that much. We started noticing it the day King George tendered his resignation.  What I’m talking about here is diversionary tactics – a method to turn your attention away from a real controversy to one that is manufactured. As a branch, what we should be focusing on is the […]