Make it three for three: San Francisco's 1st District Court of Appeal has reversed the lower court ruling in California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in State Employment v. Schwarzenegger that employees in so-called "special fund" departments were illegally furloughed, handing the Brown administration a win.
Here's the nut of the appellate court's decision, announced late this afternoon:
"The judgment is reversed and the cause is remanded to the trial court with directions to: (1) recall the writ of mandate, (2) set aside the judgment granting the petition, and (3) conduct further proceedings as appropriate and enter a new judgment in conformity with this opinion. The parties shall bear their respective costs on appeal."
As noted on the State Worker Facebook wall after the appellate court heard the case Sept. 1, the justices asked virtually no questions of either side.