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Marin County Superior Court on ‘losing end’ of budget reallocations
According to a report by Gary Klien of Marin Independent Journal, Marin County dozens of court employees, with representatives of their union, SEIU Local 1021, rallied outside the courthouse late last month to campaign for better pay, benefits and dispute resolution after five years of frozen wages.  

Doesn’t look like this will be resolved anytime soon…Court employees are seeking a $4,000 one-time payment, while Marin Superior Court, which is run by the state judicial branch, is offering a one-time payment of $725.  

According to the Marin IJ report, Kim Turner, the court’s chief executive officer, said the entire state judiciary has been underfunded for years and that things are not going to get easier in the next five years. Turner explained that it is because the state has adopted a new allocation process that will send more of the limited resources to courts that are perceived, based on caseload calculations, to be needier.

“Marin is on the losing end of that bargain,” Turner said.  

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  •  Over the past several decades, (0+ / 0-)

    Californians have paid a lot to the Federal Government via income taxes. And usually only 73 cents of every dollar that is paid comes back to California.

    Now you have police departments operating on very little. School budgets cut to the nub.

    In Jerry Brown and the state legislature's efforts to return the state to a surplus, austerity is the basic theme.

    So it's no surprise that County workers find their wages stagnant.

    And of course, the top Officials are always quick to say that the money just is not there, even while ordering themselves  the six thousand dollar teak or mahogany desks.l

    Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

    by Truedelphi on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 12:14:03 PM PST

    •  Tell that to nonviolent drug offenders. (0+ / 0-)
      Now you have police departments operating on very little.
      Look, if anyone in CA wants to find money, they know precisely where to do it.  Stop locking people up for possession.

      -7.75 -4.67

      "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

      There are no Christians in foxholes.

      by Odysseus on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 12:23:36 PM PST

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      •  Oh I agree. And things here were going (0+ / 0-)

        Along quite swimmingly, as upon Jan 2009, Obama took office and pledged that his DEA would  leave us alone, with regards to our state-voter-approved med marijauna clinics.

        Then some years into his term of office, he let loose the flood gates of hell. Clinics have been closed right and left. Over 6,000 well paying jobs went away, with the employees going on Food Stamps, in many cases. Back in 2011, some 125 millions of dollars in state tax revenue came to the state from the med marijuana revenues. Now that figure is down significantly.

        Reading the pages of asset seizures in local papers, I realize how many people are hurt by the Obama's betrayal on this issue. And here is an example: http://my.firedoglake.com/...

        Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

        by Truedelphi on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 01:40:19 PM PST

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