The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 23, 2008
Column extra: Weekly feature now linked to State Worker blog

Nothing's perfect, especially when you're talking about overhauling the Sacramento area's most-viewed and most complex news Web site.

The redesign launch last week had a few snags. One of them, as several of you quickly pointed out, was that the new site had links to this blog but none to the State Worker columns we write each Thursday for both the Bee's print and online editions. You used to find the column through either the Business tab or the Politics tab on the old site.

We mentioned it to online Assistant Managing Editor Ken Chavez and literally within an hour the problem was fixed.

If you look to the right of this post, you'll see a new "Now on the State Worker column" feature. Below that, Ken's staff added links to the most recent weekly ramblings, including today's column about how much state workers matter to the local economy.

If you click on the "More headlines" button below the the list of the three most recent columns and you'll go into State Worker column archives.

And while we're plugging, make sure you read today's report, written with Bee business ace Dale Kasler, about how CalPERS losses could force employers to ante up more in payroll fees to cover the fund's retirement obligations. We broke that news in this Monday blog post. You can go there to link to the CalPERS analysis of its assets and the range of possible payroll fee hikes it may demand from employers depending on what its assets are worth next summer.

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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