The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 26, 2009
FTB shutting doors one hour earlier starting in November

The Franchise Tax Board says it's going to close six field offices -- in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Ana -- one hour earlier starting early next month.

The reason? You guessed it, the ever-present, always-feared "budget constraints," according to this press release.

The new quitting time -- 4 p.m. -- starts Monday, Nov. 2.

Board spokeswoman Brenda Voet said the offices will continue to work after 4 p.m. with visitors already inside the offices. Locking the doors an hour earlier will cut down on office activity after 5 p.m.

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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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