The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 1, 2009
Counting down The State Worker's Greatest Hits (part 2)

090101 Top 10.jpgWe're wrapping up our review of the 10 most-visited posts on The State Worker as reflected by user hits in 2008. If you missed part one, stop now and click here to get Nos. 10 to six in the countdown.

Moving on ...

#5 with 8,185 hits -- Budget in sight, state worker contract talks next (Sept. 15)

In retrospect, a hopelessly naive headline.

#4 with 8,895 hits -- Schwarzenegger: State now 'almost forced' into layoffs (Dec. 2)

The press conference that whipped up a firestorm.

#3 with 9,785 -- More about union leader arrested on child porn (Sept. 10)

SEIU Local 1000 spokesman Jim Zamora earned his pay with a 1 a.m. e-mail responding to our late-night questions about (now former) SEIU Local 1000 District Labor Council 784 President Jaime E. Feliciano.

#2 with 10,842 hits -- Schwarzenegger pens letter to state workers (Nov. 6)

The second of the "Dear Valued State Worker" letters. Schwarzenegger's Dec. 19 furlough notice dropped "valued" from the salutation.

And now ... (click here) ... the moment you've been waiting for ...

#1 with 13,107 hits -- Who's exempt?

Will we be writing that headline in 2009?

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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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