The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 3, 2011
Furlough appeal focuses on defining 'special fund department'

So what's a "special fund department," anyway?

That's a key question that San Francisco's 1st District Court of Appeal wants answered as the June 15 date for oral arguments in SEIU v. Schwarzenegger approaches.

As we reported last week, the court asked the Gov. Jerry Brown's administration and SEIU Local 1000, to answer a series of questions. Several focused on figures provided by Veronica Chung-Ng, a finance employee who found that 30 of 69 departments SEIU orginally Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 100602 yolo county gavel.jpgdeclared were "special fund" actually received no general fund money. She also found that 62 of the 69 had money that the general fund could borrow.

A few blog users have asked if we could dredge up Chung-Ng's data. We combed though a few dozen blog posts with links to court documents and finally turned up this item, which contains a link to the court filing with the Chung-Ng declaration and spreadsheet.

Here's how to find the court document (you'll need Java to download the file):

Click here to open the file on the court document server.
The Chung-Ng declaration and list of departments are contained in the 12 pages under file No. 16249126 in the list on left margin of the page. The spreadsheet that breaks down department funding starts on page 8.

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