It's official. Furlough Fridays will continue.
San Francisco's 1st District Court of Appeal has issued a ruling on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's third petition for writ of supercedeas. Like the previous decisions (which you can read about here and here), the court has decided to keep furloughs in place for state workers in "special fund" departments named in CASE v. Schwarzenegger while the matter is appealed:
The petition for writ of supersedeas is granted as follows: Pending consideration of the appeal on file herein, and subject to further order of this Court, the "Order Granting in Part Motion for Relief From Automatic Stay," filed March 23, 2010 in Alameda County Superior Court Number RG- 09-453982 is stayed.
The decision keeps furloughs in place for those employees throughout the appeals process, despite Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch's order last month that the governor end the policy for state workers in one of the so-called "special fund" departments named in lawsuits brought by CASE, SEIU Local 1000 and Union of American Physicians & Dentists.
Schwarzenegger asked the 1st District Court to keep furloughs in place during the appellate process. He won temporary stays in all three cases on Mar. 30. Today's decision, like the two that preceded it, is specifically about extending the stay on Roesch's order, not the legal underpinnings of his ruling that employees in special-fund departments have been illegally furloughed.
Click here to open the court's Web site. Scroll to the bottom to read today's ruling.