The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 15, 2009
You asked for proof on DPA's outsourced legal deal? Here it is!
After The State Worker wondered aloud Wednesday whether the SEIU wasn't trying to low-blow the Governor in the ongoing furlough battle, some gentle readers smelled a rat.

I wrote about a contract that the Department of Personnel Administration awarded to a Sacramento law firm to help the governor and his administration fight off legal challenges to his unpopular  furlough and pay cut plan for state workers.

SEIU suggested that the Governor had breached his own executive order by contracting out the legal work to the Sacramento firm Kronick Moskovitz after Dec. 30.

A DPA spokeswoman denied it, saying the contract was handed out in November.

A skeptical reader using the moniker 'Dishpanhands' had a great idea:

"Bee, did you actually see a copy of the signed and dated contract? If not, please make a CA Public Records Info request and check this out. The Governor seems to be all about Talk and not Walk the Talk! Very disappointing," Dishpan wrote.

Well, Dishpan, we made the records request and secured the contract.

Now, you can't say that this blog is all wet.  See it here: kronick contract.pdf

The document shows that the law firm signed the $50,000 contract Dec. 13.

DPA's chief deputy director, Debbie Endsley, signed Dec. 30.

Other DPA bosses signed in the first week of January, though it was retroactive from Nov. 1.

The contract runs through June 30, 2009.

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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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