VIDEO: Dan Walters asks in today's video report whether legislative term limits have done what they were supposed to do since California voters approved them back in 1990.
The funding dispute between the Judicial Council of California and the Alliance of California Judges spills over into the council's emergency meeting this morning. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White of the alliance is expected to argue that the state Administrative Office of the Courts should see cuts before local courts take another budget hit.
Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget would require the state court system to use reserve funds and delay its courthouse construction program, a $544 million cut, as Kevin Yamamura reported earlier this week.
The San Francisco-based council, which Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye heads, is considering how Brown's revised numbers will affect the court system. Brown's finance director, Ana Matosantos, is also scheduled to speak at the meeting, which starts at 11 a.m. at the AOC's regional office in Sacramento at 2860 Gateway Oaks Drive. Click here for the agenda.
The alliance has accused the council and the AOC of wasting money on bureaucracy, a computer system and the courthouse construction, columnist Dan Walters wrote in a column last month.
Meanwhile, members of the California arm of the Society for Human Resource Management are at Sacramento's Hyatt Regency Hotel for a two-day legislative conference.
Today, they'll be lobbying legislators from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on two measures -- Assembly Bill 1450, which would ban employers from screening out applicants who aren't employed, and Assembly Bill 2039, which would expand family and medical leave to include an adult child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, domestic partner or parent-in-law. The California Chamber of Commerce and other business groups oppose both bills.
Both the Senate and the Assembly have set floor sessions for 9 a.m. Three budget panels meet in the upper house, with Proposition 98 formulas for K-14 education and prison spending among the issues. An Assembly subcommittee will consider Brown's revised proposals for health and human services. Click here to read the Senate's schedule, and click here to read the Assembly's.
CAPITOL STEPS: Members of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, is holding a presser at 10 a.m. on the south steps to announce opposition to Assembly Bill 1544 by Democratic Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, which would set up a guest worker program for employees in agriculture, domestic and janitorial services, housekeeping and food preparation. The California Hunger Action Coalition, meanwhile, is sponsoring a rally on the north steps at noon in between visits to legislators.
LIVE CHAT: Jon Ortiz, The Bee's baron of our sister blog The State Worker, will be taking questions about Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed four-day workweek for state employees. The hour-long live chat starts at noon. You can find the chat at this link, where you may also sign up for an email reminder before it starts.
CAPTION CONTEST: The Bee's editorial board is sponsoring a caption contest for guest cartoonist Steve Greenberg's depiction of Gov. Jerry Brown dressed as the Grim Reaper while unveiling his revised budget. Find the cartoon at this link. The winner gets a signed color print of the cartoon with the winning caption in the word bubble. The deadline for submitting captions is noon today.
CAKE AND CANDLES: Sen. Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, turns 58 today.