Breaking: The AOC in concert with the Judicial Council, wants a shadow government. Transparency seems to be something the AOC will fight tooth and nail.
June 11, 2013: AOC loses in attempt to jack up fees for public records request. Although they tried mightily, for months, to do exactly that, the CA Legislature shut 'em down. Update Feburary 10, 2014: The AOC won, afterall, apparently. Try to verify the license of a doctors and therapists.
Considering the AOC penchant for going to Deloitte while driving the State of California over a financial cliff, consider the most recent actions of Deloitte CEO Joe Joe Echevarria and his wife Ana, when selling their personal residence. A residence they listed with their close, personal friend.
04/26/13 - Divide and Conquer. Judicial Council wants to break up group of judges demanding more control over their courts, with a new plan. Form a committee. It's not new, but it is an effective way to kill accountability. Remember this is the group that secretly met and voted that Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong could buy and control all access to California public records. Court officials described Soon-Shiong as a "white knight."
Unknown was Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong had registered a for-profit company for the purpose of data mining.
Swift reaction, came days later. Dr. Soon-Shhiong keen interest in data mining companies....which of course would give him quite the competitive edge in litigation and business growth. At some point the questions concerning the viability of the Judicial Council. Who is minding public access to public information for their data mining business interests, must be asked as the AOC continues to sell out the public.
- Bad news...the system nobody wanted and the legislature voted dead, is still not dead. San Diego and Ventura AOC personnel continue skulking around
for more money to pour into the system that never worked, over which a half-billion dollars was spent. Thank Judge James Herman for the system that will not die.
Breaking: 03/14/13 Not content with blowing a half-billion dollars on a software program that never worked and wasn't wanted, AOC bureaucrats resumes their quest to make public access a big money ticket.
Demand a dismantling of the AOC. Latest report demonstrates AOC continues to ignore auditor's recommendation. The AOC remains self-serving.
No public information after about judges after the AOC and Judicial Commission huddle - for their benefit.
AOC's "guidance" costs taxpayers more as Ventura Court Clerks deny access of day's filings to newspaper and a lawsuit follows.
Who are these people? Why hasn't there been mass layoffs or firings of the very people who first drove, then buried California into its financial abyss, while providing themselves salary bumps?
What is wrong with a Judicial Council that continually "grandfathers" in top pay for those who drove California off the financial cliff as recently as October 1, 2012? Dump Jahr, the newest so-called, "leader."
AOC - Administration Office of the Courts. Want smaller government: Dismantle the AOC. But first, dump Jahr. Judge Steven Jahr is both apologist for and promoter of the AOC. One wonders about a Judicial Council that is still being led around by its nose courtesy of the AOC.
Unfortunately, The Judicial Council has not responded appropriately to emergency meetings called by chief AOC Cheerleader, California's own Chief Justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye. See Judicial Council Page.
The back story:
California's AOC grew from three hundred employees to over a thousand. California's AOC continued hiring personnel while recommending court closures and court personnel reduction. All under the guidance of the Judicial Council.
California's AOC, under the asleep-at-the-wheel, Judicial Council, continued to recommend software costing billions, and which never worked. What California taxpayers didn't know and which largely wasn't reported, cost them billions. Eventually, it was all about AOC pensions. Taxpayers were only useful for funding purposes. California's AOC remains so out-of-control, some judges revolted and formed new judicial organizations.
While other state AOC's might not be as out-of-control as California, California judges are only now realizing they are supposed to be in charge of the AOC. Not the reverse. Bad news, the jurists forming California's Judicial Council, bailed. See report of December 15, 2011.
Are other states more fortunate? More of California's sad financial history is below. Please note most of it could have been prevented. But then one has to consider the source. See LosAngelesJudges.com to see the caliber of judges "serving" on various committees.