The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 5, 2013
The Roundup: California's pension-law conflict; government hiring, criminal questions

HA_newspapers3808.JPGCalifornia mass-transit workers get pension reprieve
Federal officials cut off $54 million for Sacramento Regional Transit on Wednesday, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to announce a pension-law compromise intended to keep the money flowing to transit agencies on the verge of losing grant funds. - Sacramento Bee

The State Worker: Which 'common-sense' view on criminal records will prevail?
A week after The Sacramento Bee detailed an employee's return to state government after a two-year prison term for embezzling $320,000, we're still hearing about it. - Sacramento Bee

State employees fired: Michael Chyi at the Princeton lagoon
Michael Chyi, an environmental engineer for the DNR, was fired in 2010 after he illegally permitted the city of Princeton to use a sewage treatment program that he had patented. Chyi says the system saved the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. - Des Moines Register

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Jon Ortiz The Author

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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