This is the first in a series of posts counting down the most-read State Worker blog items and columns of 2011.
What a difference an administration makes. With the departure of Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the constant furlough news that flowed from his administration simply dried up. Enter Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown, and the 2011 news spotlight shifted to state worker pay and pensions. Of the 900 items posted on The State Worker blog this year, nine of the 10 most-viewed involved one or both of those issues.
Which leads us to the 10th-most read State Worker item: last summer's news that Democrat Controller John Chiang launched a website that details the pay, pension benefits and other compensation data for about 1 millon California state and local employees.
PHOTO: Controller John Chiang during a 2010 interview at The Bee's Capitol Bureau / Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee