A key court hearing in a multimillion-dollar court fight between Gov. Jerry Brown and unions representing California's state engineers and scientists has been taken off the calendar without explanation.
A new date hasn't yet been set for oral arguments, which had been scheduled for Oct. 9 before a panel with the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco. The court cancelled the hearing on its own, according to the calendar it maintains on its website:
BY THE COURT: On the court's own motion, oral argument in the above-referenced appeal set for October 9, 2013, is taken off calendar. Counsel will be notified when the matter is set for oral argument.
Brown is appealing an Alameda trial court's ruling that the state owes back pay to roughly 13,000 employees on furlough two days too many and another 250 or so who shouldn't have been furloughed at all. The unions estimate the withheld wages total around $12 million.
PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown listens at a news conference on May 6, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua