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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 16, 2011
California Justice Department budget cuts reduced

Thumbnail image for 110628 Kamala Harris Paul Kitagaki Jr 2010.JPGCalifornia Attorney General Kamala Harris earlier this week told Justice Department staff that only about one-third of the layoffs planned for the beginning of 2012 will actually occur after months of talks with Gov. Jerry Brown's office. About 200 of the layoffs would have hit sworn peace officers and virtually the department's entire Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.

While Harris was trying to get the money restored -- or at least gain some say about how the cuts would be applied -- the Association of Special Agents launched a media and Internet campaign aimed at increasing public pressure on the governor.

In an email Tuesday to staff, posted after the jump, Harris said the cuts have been reduced to 102 sworn officers and 21 support staff. That same day, Harris announced the creation of a new eCrime unit that will fight identity theft, child exploitation, piracy and other crimes that exploit high tech.

We confirmed the staff email's authenticity with department spokeswoman Lynda Gledhill and asked whether there was a connection between Tuesday's announcements: Was the budget cut modified to accommodate the new unit?

No, Gledhill said. The eCrime unit will employ only 20 people, eight of them investigators.

November 23, 2011
Drug agents sue Jerry Brown over impending layoffs

Thumbnail image for 100609 gavel.jpgThe Association of Special Agents is suing Gov. Jerry Brown and Department of Finance Director Ana Matosantos over targeted Department of Justice layoffs that the agents contend are politically motivated. The agents group is an affiliate of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association.

Click here for Kevin Yamamura's report on Capitol Alert. Read our recent story about the political history that prompted the association's complaint by clicking here.

And here's the complaint filed in Sacramento Superior Court today:
Association of Special Agents v. Jerry Brown

June 6, 2011
Kamala Harris makes key Justice Department appointments

110606 Larry Wallace.JPGAttorney General Kamala Harris has announced several senior Department of Justice positions, including Larry Wallace, the first African-American named director of the Division of Law Enforcement.

Wallace, a 25-year-veteran of law enforcement, worked with Harris as the former San Francisco district attorney's deputy chief of the bureau of investigations. He started his career with the Berkeley Police Department and spent a decade with the San Francisco Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.

Other appointments that Harris announced include:



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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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