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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

April 13, 2009
SCIF president argues furlough lawsuit should be heard

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State Compensation Insurance Fund President Jan Frank has filed a brief in San Francisco Superior Court that argues that a judge there should hear arguments in the CASE / SCIF furlough lawsuit against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Many readers of this blog have criticized Frank for going along with furloughs for SCIF employees, since the agency receives no money from the General Fund and is run by an independent board. Her attorney, Ronald B. Turovsky, sums up Frank's reasoning in this paragraph:

The issues raised in this matter have not been addressed on the merits in any forum. Frank believes that it is imperative that they be resolved on the merits -- for the benefit of all parties. Frank also believes that the issues should be resolved on the merits as quickly as possible. With this in mind, Frank requests that this Court take into consideration which court is best positioned to resolve the matter on the merits and which court can do so most expeditiously.

The lawsuit contends that Schwarzenegger's furlough order shouldn't include SCIF employees. Along with Schwarzenegger, it names Frank, DPA Director Dave Gilb and Controller John Chiang as defendants.

You can view the 7-page court filing by clicking this link.

IMAGE: Jan Frank /

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