The constitutional officers, led by State Controller John Chiang and represented by Attorney General Jerry Brown, filed their opening brief in the 3rd District Court of Appeal. As you'll recall, the constitutionals want to keep their employees furlough-free. They're arguing that their constitutional independence means that they can run their shops -- including the schedules of the combined 15,000 or so state workers in their agencies and departments -- as they see fit.
(Quick primer for new blog users: The constitutional officers include Chiang, Brown, Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and the Board of Equalization.)