The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 18, 2009
Judge upholds tentative ruling against CalPERS

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Gavel.jpgSan Francisco Superior Court Judge Charlotte Woolard has ruled from the bench to uphold yesterday's tentative ruling against CalPERS in its lawsuit to exclude fund employees from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's furlough order. The governor's attorneys will now write the formal order for the judge's signature. Until then, there won't be any other documentation to share with you.

UPDATE at 11:47 a.m.: Here's a statement on the ruling from Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Rachel Arrezola:

"The governor's authority to furlough all state workers is clear and this is another ruling in our favor. As California families and businesses are forced to cut back in today's economy, the governor does not believe that state workers should be shielded from the same economic realities."

We called CalPERS for a reaction knowing it was futile, since fund employees are on furlough today.

Click here to read the tentative ruling that became final this morning.

Side note: As of 11:15 a.m., Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch had not issued any rulings in the three remaining furlough cases that he is deciding. Click here to read our story in today's Bee about the judge's decision in the CCPOA furlough case.

And this link will take you to our updated Furlough Fights spreadsheet, now showing 24 lawsuits, 23 of them active.

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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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