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  • Judicial Council takes little action in response to audit 2015/02/25
    Last week, the Judicial Council met for the second time since State Auditor Elaine Howle released her searing critique of the way in which the AOC/Judicial Council staff runs its entire operation. As you’ll recall, the State Auditor concluded that the AOC has channeled money away from the trial courts to pay for services that […]
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  • Another pfabulous meeting? 2015/02/24
    It is being alleged that on March 9 2015, Gerald Pfab is hosting another all day meeting in Sacramento’s AOC Offices with all of the facilities management unit staff from around the State required to attend in person to discuss reductions in the facilities management unit vehicle fleet. (a little more than half of the […]
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  • How’s that open meeting rule working for you? 2015/02/17
    Back in 2013, in an effort to fix the lack of transparency that led to the CCMS fiasco, the Legislative Analyst’s Office directed the Judicial Council to “submit to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee a report on the implementation of an open meetings rule” for its advisory bodies. So the Council came up with a […]
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  • Wait….an expiring gas tax? Making an epiphany a reality 2015/02/17
    One of the vehicles that we’ve endorsed as financing for the state courts is somehow making a connection between drivers and driving and local court funding. We felt this way because the vast majority of all cases that hit every court are by far and away, traffic cases. So we were more than a little […]
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  • More lack of accountability from the accountability committee 2015/02/14
    February 11, 2015 In her blistering assessment of the AOC, State Auditor Elaine Howle took particular note of the failings of the Judicial Council’s Advisory Committee on Financial Accountability and Efficiency for the Judicial Branch. “It is unclear how the financial advisory committee can ensure accountability of the AOC when it does not exist independentl […]
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