The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 29, 2011
A.M. Reading: California Assembly pay hikes; David Crane's ouster from UC Regents; Napa hospital protests continue

Thumbnail image for newspaper_5.gifMore than 250 Assembly employees get pay hikes this month
More than 250 Assembly employees received pay hikes this month under the sweeping authorization granted by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez recently for aides whose pay had not risen in three years. (Sacramento Bee)

Gov. Jerry Brown looks ahead to 2012
Sitting on a hard wood bench for an hour listening to Gov. Jerry Brown field questions, it's often difficult to tell whether he's articulating a conviction, hiding something or sorting out his thoughts as he speaks. (Los Angeles Times)

UC regent Crane ousted for telling hard truths
David Crane is not the most popular man in Sacramento. In fact, his determination to tell legislators what they don't want to hear - yet need to hear - is about to cost him his position as a University of California regent. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Safety concerns, protests persist at Napa State
More than a year after the death of psychiatric technician Donna Gross at the hands of a patient at Napa State Hospital, employees continue to demand for more staff and improved security at the state psychiatric institution to which most patients have been referred through the criminal court system. (Napa Register)

PolitiFact N.J.: Christie claims number of state employees is less than when Whitman resigned in 2001
Thousands of state government employees have opted for retirement since Gov. Chris Christie took office in January 2010. Apparently, so many have left that the number of state workers is now less than it was nearly 11 years ago. (The Star-Ledger)

3 state workers accused of scam
ALBANY -- Three state employees from two agencies have been arrested on charges of making personal purchases on credit cards issued for official business, State Inspector General Ellen Biben's office said Wednesday. (Albany Times Union)

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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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