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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 13, 2012
The Roundup: CalPERS hangs out 'help wanted' sign; Bloomberg series highlights California state wages; feds consider social media rules

The Roundup: CalPERS hangs out 'help wanted' sign; Bloomberg series highlights California state wages; feds consider...

Storified by Jon Ortiz · Thu, Dec 13 2012 07:14:15

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What follows is a mix of interesting (and sure to be controversial) stories over the last few days, including the first three installments in a six-part series by Bloomberg that leads off a look at California state pay.
The State Worker: CalPERS is filling pricey jobs - The Sacramento BeeCalPERS, the state's massive public pension system, is back in hiring mode, big time. The fund's board of administration moved Wednesday ...
Biggs and Richwine: The Underworked Public EmployeeWith state and local governments struggling to balance budgets in a still sluggish economy, government employment has fallen by 562,000 j...
$10 million Bay Bridge contract included book deal, video - The Sacramento BeeState officials overseeing construction of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge agreed this year to pay a public relations company ne...
Gov. Jerry Brown undergoes treatment for prostate cancer - The Sacramento BeeGov. Jerry Brown is being treated for prostate cancer, his administration said Wednesday, characterizing the condition as "localized" and...
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Storified by Jon Ortiz · Thu, Dec 13 2012 07:02:41

$822,000 Worker Shows California Leads U.S. Pay GiveawayNine years ago, California Democrat Gray Davis became the first U.S. governor in 82 years to be recalled by voters. The state's 20 millio...
California Psychiatrists Paid $400,000 Shows Bidding WarThe jockeying between agencies for the same doctors demonstrates a payroll system run amok and chronic mismanagement, said Jeffrey Sonnen...
Texas Pension Manager Paid $1 Million Trails Peers Who Make LessBritt Harris arrived at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas in 2006 from the world's biggest hedge fund with a mandate to improve the ...
Illinois: Judge Rules for Workers in Pay Dispute With StateGov. Pat Quinn's administration must eventually pay the 2011 wage increases that were promised to state workers, Judge Richard J. Billik ...
State Dept. mulling new rules on employees' social media, other speechPosted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/05/2012 The State Department is considering instituting an extreme version of the famous 7-second delay used to...
Capitol Confidential " State workers kept from work during Sandy will be paidWe've touched on this issue before - the question of whether state employees who were told to stay home or who simply couldn't get to wor...
State hiring cut-rate temporary workersState officials say they've hit on a way to save $60 million over the next five years by reducing the pay of a legion of temporary worker...
Stateline - Assessing States' Tendency to InnovateThe idea of trying to gauge a state's "innovativeness" strikes some as a flawed exercise. The word innovation seems to connote success, b...

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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 jortiz@sacbee.com.

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