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  • California settles up -- interest free -- with prison guards union

    01/26/2012 8:23:04 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    SacBee: The State Worker ^ | 1/26/12 | Jon Ortiz
    California's prison officers union is getting a loan from taxpayers – interest-free – to settle a multimillion-dollar debt it owes the state. The deal sealed on Wednesday closes the books on what the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said was at least $4.5 million the California Correctional Peace Officers Association owed for wages and benefits paid to CCPOA leaders while they were away from their state jobs tending to union business. CCPOA, which represents about 30,000 correctional and parole officers, refused to settle the so-called "union paid leave" tab that has been running since...
  • CCPOA to post properties as collateral, deposit cash in defamation lawsuit

    09/05/2011 9:14:12 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    SacBee: The Buzz ^ | 9/5/11 | Jon Ortiz
    A Sacramento federal judge has ruled that the California Correctional Peace Officers Association can put up four properties it owns, including its West Sacramento headquarters, as collateral for several million dollars it owes from a defamation verdict while it appeals the decision.But Judge Lawrence Karlton ordered the union to pay $500,000 every three months to a court-controlled account while the appeal plays out.Karlton's decision Thursday was the latest twist in a federal lawsuit in which a jury decided CCPOA had defamed businessman Brian Dawe and two other people. The jury awarded a total $12 million to the plaintiffs, an amount...
  • Judge weighing $500,000 quarterly CCPOA payment plan

    08/29/2011 10:18:28 PM PDT · by SmithL
    SacBee: The State Worker ^ | 8/29/11 | Jon Ortiz
    The California Correctional Peace Officers Association may have to start making $500,000 payments every three months and put up its West Sacramento headquarters and other property as it appeals its loss in a federal defamation case. After hearing arguments this morning, Judge Lawrence Karlton is still deciding what to do about CCPOA's inability to buy a bond to cover a judgment rendered last October in his Sacramento courtroom -- eventually reduced from a total $12 million to $5 million by the court -- while the union appeals to San Francisco's 9th Circuit Court. Plaintiff Brian Dawe is appealing to the...
  • 1970s actions on prisons come back around to bite Gov. Brown

    05/24/2011 8:17:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/24/11 | Dan Walters
    History should record the late 1970s as an era of pivotal socioeconomic change in California – a new wave of inter- national migration, a shift from an industrial to a post-industrial economy, and a new baby boom. Political events also abounded, topped by passage of Proposition 13 but including collective bargaining for public employees, expansion of mail voting, a decline in major-party registration, and the eruption of crime as a powerful issue. By happenstance, Jerry Brown was governor as this socioeconomic tsunami crashed into California and played a central role in its political aspects. The crime issue was especially vexing...
  • The State Worker: Did Jerry Brown miss a chance with CCPOA deal?

    04/21/2011 7:54:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 4/21/11 | Jon Ortiz
    Gov. Jerry Brown has axed cellphones, sold off state cars and canceled state swag orders. Clearly, this is a governor who knows the value of symbolism. But did he miss an opportunity to score a few more points with the labor deal he closed last month with the state's correctional officers? The contract – already controversial because it didn't hit savings targets that Brown agreed on with the Legislature – includes "fitness incentive pay." It's the kind of benefit that makes members of the public roll their eyes: an extra $780 to $1,560 a year for correctional officers who submit...
  • New contract for California prison guards lifts cap on saved vacation

    04/18/2011 10:06:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/18/11 | Jack Dolan
    Deep in the 200-page contract that Gov. Jerry Brown recently approved for state prison guards is a provision that could generate a cash windfall to the officers when they retire. The guards, who are among Brown's largest political benefactors, would be able to save an unlimited number of vacation days under their new deal. When they leave state service, those days could be exchanged for cash at their final pay rate, which would probably be higher than when they earned the time off. The governor is extending this benefit only to members of the California Correctional Peace Officers Assn., a...
  • Editorial: Brown regresses on prison contract

    04/17/2011 6:21:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 17, 2011 | Editorial
    While he was governor, Gray Davis approved a plum contract for the state's 30,000 prison guards. In 2001, legislators were told that the estimated cost of the 2001-06 contract signed by Davis would be $567 million. It was $2.3 billion. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger worked to wrest back control of the prisons from the CCPOA. But now that he is governor, Jerry Brown is reversing those hard-earned reforms on behalf of a major campaign contributor. Here's just a sample of the potential damage in the proposed contract: * Because of new "days off" provisions, starting employees would have eight weeks of...
  • In bow to political realities, Brown avoids big guns

    01/17/2011 10:18:35 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 1/17/11 | Steven Harmon
    Some big targets were left largely untouched in Gov. Jerry Brown's call for shared sacrifice in his proposed budget. In his plan to raise $12 billion in taxes, Brown avoided a source of revenue Democrats have been going after for years: oil severance fees. Extra taxes on alcohol, tobacco and the wealthy, also targets of Democrats in recent years, were also bypassed. And, in a nod to his labor allies, Brown did little to rein in the soaring corrections budget -- a potential area of cost savings that has wide public support -- in a plan that includes sharp cuts...
  • Cali: Judges Rule 40,000 Convicts Must Be Released Due to Illegal Profiling and Open Borders Policy

    11/30/2010 7:56:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 30, 2010 | Director Blue
    Runner-up headline: How’s that ‘Sanctuary City’ thingamabob working out? The California residents who elected Jerry Brown should be overjoyed at tomorrow’s news story in the Wall Street Journal: 40,000 state convicts were ordered released so that they can roam the streets. A three-judge panel in a California federal district court ruled in January that overcrowding in the state’s prison system, the nation’s largest, is the main cause of substandard medical and mental health care that violates prisoners’ Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment… The state houses 164,000 inmates in a system designed to hold about...
  • The Buzz: Guards pony up cash to fight Democrat's state Senate bid

    10/21/2010 8:10:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    SacBee: The Buzz ^ | 10/21/10 | Dan Smith
    In the wake of a pension deal Democratic leaders struck with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California's prison guards union has dropped $215,000 to oppose Assemblywoman Anna Caballero's quest for the state Senate.Caballero, D-Salinas, is facing Ceres Mayor Anthony Cannella, a Republican, for the 12th Senate District, probably the most contested seat in the Legislature. The race is the top concern for both Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and his GOP counterpart, Senate Republican leader Bob Dutton of Rancho Cucamonga. If Caballero wins, Democrats would likely have 26 seats in the upper house, one short of the two-thirds majority now...
  • Brown's Baggage

    09/22/2010 5:28:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 22, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Politics: The prison guards' union has endorsed California's former governor as he tries for a comeback. In the old days, that might have put him over the top. Now it reminds voters who really runs the state. It comes as no surprise that the California Correctional Peace Officers Association this week formally gave its stamp of approval to Jerry Brown, the Democratic nominee for governor. After all, the union is in Brown's debt. In 1978, during his gubernatorial stint, he signed the legislation that gave state employee unions the collective bargaining power they have parlayed into political hegemony. And if...
  • Prison guards' union endorses Jerry Brown

    09/20/2010 4:45:39 PM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/20/10 | Torey Van Oot
    The union representing the state's prison guards rolled out today its endorsement of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown. . . . "Simply building more prisons is not the solution," he said in a statement. "We need a governor that understands the nuances and is willing to bring all of the stakeholders to the table in a concerted effort to collectively resolve this ongoing problem."
  • Schwarzenegger fights union involvement in minimum wage case

    07/14/2010 9:40:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    sacbee ^ | July 14, 2010 | Jon Ortiz
    Attorneys for the Schwarzenegger administration on Tuesday filed a brief in Sacramento Superior Court that argues state employee unions shouldn't be allowed to enter the minimum wage fight between the governor and State Controller John Chiang. As reported here, California Association of Professional Scientists and Professional Engineers in California Government on Monday filed a motion to be a party in the minimum wage litigation flying back and forth the last week or so. SEIU Local 1000 and CCPOA have done the same. All the unions are siding with Chiang. A hearing is set for Friday at 11 a.m. The administration's...
  • The State Worker: California may sue prison guards union over its unpaid union leave tab

    03/18/2010 8:06:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 258+ views
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 3/18/10 | Jon Ortiz
    Rev up the lawyers. Last month this column reported that the state was prepared to sue the California Correctional Peace Officers Association for nearly $4 million it owes for something called "union-paid leave." Here's the latest: CCPOA didn't meet the March 1 deadline to pay at least half the bill. Instead, the correctional officers' union cut two checks totaling $122,496.27. CCPOA sent the checks with a note that the payments were in keeping with an agreement between CCPOA President Mike Jimenez and Corrections Undersecretary Scott Kernan. "To set the record straight, there was no agreement reached between Mr. Kernan and...
  • Appellate court rules against CCPOA

    03/01/2010 12:55:39 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 477+ views
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 3/1/10 | Jon Ortiz
    The First District Court of Appeal denied CCPOA's motion to dismiss Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's appeal of Alameda Judge Frank Roesch's decision in favor of the union. The denial, issued on Friday, means that the correctional officers and their supervisors that came under the ruling will remain on furlough.
  • The State Worker: Some California prison officers resent CHP

    02/18/2010 7:48:46 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 279+ views
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 2/18/10 | Jon Ortiz
    For years, the unions representing prison officers and California Highway Patrol officers have had a not-so-friendly rivalry. It boils up whenever The Bee reports on one or the other. This column reignited the flame last week by revealing that the state could sue the California Correctional Peace Officers Association over a $4 million tab run up over nearly five years. The union owes the Corrections and Rehabilitation Department for wages and benefits paid to union staff on leave from their jobs. Online commentator "lab87" aimed fire, not at CCPOA, but at the CHP officers' union: "WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO...
  • The State Worker: Correctional officers union racks up $4 million tab with state

    02/11/2010 8:00:45 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 362+ views
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 2/11/10 | Jon Ortiz
    Four. Million. Dollars. That's how much the union representing California's correctional officers owes the state for something called "union paid leave." The tab goes back to 2005. Now, before you clobber the California Correctional Peace Officers' Association, realize that there's plenty of blame to spread around. But first, a quick primer on this paid leave. Several state worker unions, including CCPOA, have contracts that let employees leave their jobs to do union work. The state – in this case, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and to a lesser degree, the Department of Mental Health – pays their wages and...
  • Court: No full pay for correctional officers for now [California]

    01/15/2010 7:49:23 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 389+ views
    SacBee: The State Worker ^ | 1/15/10 | Jon Ortiz
    The 1st District Court of Appeal has sided with the governor. For now, Judge Frank Roesch's order to restore full pay to correctional officers for time worked is stayed pending more arguments. From the court's Web site: Appellant, the Governor of the State of California, has a filed a petition for writ of supersedeas and request for a temporary stay seeking the stay of a writ of mandate addressing his furlough of certain correctional officers. . . .
  • Guards' union drops Schwarzenegger recall effort

    10/16/2008 6:32:12 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 338+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 10/16/8 | DON THOMPSON Associated Press Writer
    The powerful union that represents California prison guards dropped its recall campaign against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday. California Correctional Peace Officers Association spokesman Lance Corcoran said the union decided instead to concentrate on issues on next month's ballot. And even if a recall succeeded, it would knock Schwarzenegger out of office only a few months early, Corcoran said. The union launched its campaign last month in frustration over its lack of a state contract since 2006. Union leaders accuse Schwarzenegger of trying to break the union, which he denies. The secretary of state last week rejected the union's first...
  • Governor should stand firm on guard demands

    10/14/2008 10:38:44 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 441+ views
    MediaNews via CoCoTimes ^ | 10/14/8 | Editor
    EVIDENCE CONTINUES to mount that California's prison guards, who are threatening Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger with a recall, are grossly overpaid and that the governor must reject their push for more raises. The latest data documenting the guards' rich salaries comes from a survey released last week by the state Department of Personnel Administration. It shows that California prison guards' base salary is 39 percent greater than the median of 10 neighboring or large states and the federal government. When most benefits are added in, California still pays its prison guards 29 percent more. To put that in hard numbers, California...
  • Briefs: Petition to recall governor is denied { Governator }

    10/07/2008 7:41:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 423+ views
    Sacramento PETITION TO RECALL governor DENIED: California Secretary of State Debra Bowen on Tuesday rejected a petition submitted by the state prison guards union for a recall campaign against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, saying it did not meet legal requirements.
  • Prison guard's recall effort should be put behind bars

    09/15/2008 7:31:29 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 134+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 9/15/8 | Dan Borenstein
    The state prison guard union says Arnold Schwarzenegger should be removed from office for "gross fiscal mismanagement," "reckless borrowing," "soliciting and accepting special-interest money at levels never before seen in California history," "betraying voter trust and mortgaging our children's future." Hogwash. The California Correctional Peace Officers Association, which announced plans last week to recall the governor, couldn't care less about the state budget, good government or the financial plight of future generations. It's true that Schwarzenegger has broken all state fundraising records, making his recalled predecessor look inept at checkbook politics; irresponsibly borrowed his way out of budget deficits; and...
  • Legislature Passes Bill for 'Gay Day' Celebrations in California Public Schools

    09/13/2008 10:20:24 PM PDT · by BigFinn · 36 replies · 426+ views
    California State Legislature ^ | September 13, 2008 | Myself
    First of all, I'm not sure in which forum to post this. I do not keep up with all the bills passed in the California State Legislature. But this just came in my email, so I checked it out. Dear Friends: This is an issue that is pretty much going under the radar, and I think we all need to make this telephone call. This is real. I just called. It took less than 30 seconds. It is just a recording and pressing 2 to say NO. Please read it!!! AB 2567 has passed the California Assembly and the Senate...
  • Daniel Weintraub: Recall drive could be a disaster for guards

    09/10/2008 7:56:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 147+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/10/8 | Daniel Weintraub
    When a ragtag band of conservative Republican activists first served notice on then-Gov. Gray Davis that they intended to recall him from office in the spring of 2003, the Democratic chief executive didn't take them seriously. But a few months later, with the help of money from a millionaire Southern California congressman, the recall effort had qualified for the ballot. By November, Davis was gone. Now Arnold Schwarzenegger is facing a similar but even more credible threat. And he is not taking it lightly. Nor should he. But if the group that is out to get Schwarzenegger follows through on...
  • Editorial: A desperate ploy from guards union

    09/09/2008 8:05:11 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 150+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/9/8 | Editor
    Unwilling or unable to return to the bargaining table to negotiate a contract, the leadership of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association has taken up swords in a desperate crusade. Union leaders can't buy Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has never accepted CCPOA contributions, so now they want to recall him. First, they tried to get legislators to restore a deeply flawed 2001-2006 contract. To that end, they dumped $477,000 into Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata's Leadership California committee. That effort died. Now union leaders look with nostalgia at Gov. Gray Davis and believe the 2003 recall was a mistake....
  • California union to seek Schwarzenegger recall (He must be doing something right now)

    09/08/2008 7:41:15 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 10 replies · 184+ views
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | Mon Sep 8, 2008 | By Jim Christie
    Schwarzenegger's term ends in 2010 and he can not run again. The 30,000-plus-member union has long been at odds with Schwarzenegger, but his order in July to cut the pay of prison guards to the minimum wage sparked their latest confrontation. Schwarzenegger also ordered job cuts for an estimated 22,000 temporary state employees and sharply reduced wages for 200,000 other workers after California began its fiscal year on July 1 without a budget. Corcoran said prison guards should be exempt from the pay cuts in light of their public safety role. They manage the largest state prison network in the...
  • Schwarzenegger: 'I will not be intimidated'

    09/08/2008 1:10:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 297+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 9/8/08 | Shane Goldmacher
    With the state's prison guards union threatening to launch a recall, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday he would not be intimidated by the union. "I will not be intimidated by anybody that is demanding more money than the state can afford and that demands deals more than the state is wanting to give," Schwarzenegger said. "So the prison guard union is not going to intimidate me with their kind of action." "This is a different governor sitting here," he added. "I will not get intimidated." Schwarzenegger was swept into the California governorship four years and eleven months ago in a...
  • Schwarzenegger could soon face recall (CCPOA union drawing up language for initiative?)

    09/07/2008 9:04:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies · 325+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 9/7/08 | Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross
    As if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't have enough troubles with the state's $17.2 billion budget mess, now comes word that there may be a move afoot to recall him. Well-placed Sacramento sources tell us the state's politically powerful and well-financed prison guards union has lawyers drawing up language for a recall initiative. Word is, the union will decide within the next couple of weeks whether to hit the streets with petitions. Recalling Schwarzenegger - who himself rode into office with the 2003 recall of then-Gov. Gray Davis - is probably a long shot at best. Still, Schwarzenegger has angered fellow...
  • CA: LAO: State's generosity to guards must end

    02/13/2008 9:39:20 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 56+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/13/08 | Editorial
    In a state Capitol full of spin, hype and hooey, the Legislative Analyst's Office is a revered oasis of straight talk and honest analysis. For all the speculation about Senate President Don Perata's hidden motives, the best explanation for the Senate's recent rejection of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez's health reform measure is that the LAO said the plan's budget numbers just didn't add up. We hope lawmakers pay at least as much attention to the LAO's latest report, which describes Schwarzenegger's proposed one-year, 5 percent pay raise for state prison guards as unjustified and unnecessary. The...
  • Daniel Weintraub: Report says state shouldn't give guards a pay raise

    02/12/2008 8:17:22 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 150+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/12/8 | Daniel Weintraub
    Rarely does a government report come along that I recommend people read for themselves. Normally, it's my job to read these things so you don't have to. But a report delivered last week from the state's Legislative Analyst's Office on the labor situation in the prisons is so good, and so important, that I suggest anyone with even a passing interest in state government get on the Internet and take a look.You can find it at the analyst's Web site www.lao.ca.gov. ... The report looks at the current pay and benefits and the job market, and concludes that a 5...
  • Editorial: Time for Legislature to say 'no' to guards union

    02/11/2008 8:01:40 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 59+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/11/8 | Editor
    With so many people wanting the job, there's no reason to raise guards' pay now - Sooner or later, the California Legislature will have to retake control of state prisons and stop the massive drain on the state budget that the correctional system has become. There will never be a better time than now.In a report that should infuriate taxpayers – and shame legislators and governors past and present – the Legislative Analyst's Office has outlined the disastrous effects of the current prison guards contract, which lawmakers approved. The contract not only provides lavish pay and benefits to guards, but...
  • Calif. budget cuts could mean no prison time for some criminals

    01/12/2008 10:42:09 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 117+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/12/08 | Don Thompson - ap
    Car thieves, forgers, scam artists, drunken drivers and some drug dealers might never serve a day in prison - even for repeat crimes - under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposals to reduce California's inmate and parolee population, corrections department and law enforcement officials said. It's one of the many potential consequences of abruptly upending the prison system to save a projected $400 million in corrections department costs over the next 18 months. Schwarzenegger is asking state lawmakers to approve releasing nonviolent, non-serious, non-sex offenders from prison if they have less than 20 months remaining on their sentences. It's part of the...
  • Dan Walters: Guards union gets the shaft

    09/14/2007 10:47:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 318+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/14/7 | Dan Walters
    Many strange things happen on the final night of a state legislative session - bills that mysteriously appear or disappear, verbal and physical confrontations between overtired and/or overstimulated politicians, floor debates that deteriorate into gibberish, to name but a few. It would be difficult, however, to top the odd melodrama that played itself out in the wee hours of Wednesday morning when the union that represents prison guards tried a power play and, to use a term common inside the prisons, was "punked" by legislative leaders. It all had to do with the monthslong impasse between the California Correctional Peace...
  • Prison officers union fails to block official

    06/21/2007 10:23:21 AM PDT · by SmithL · 218+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/21/7 | Andy Furillo
    A move by the politically influential prison officers union to thwart the appointment of a new state personnel director failed Wednesday when the California Senate's Rules Committee approved the nominee on a unanimous vote. The vote in favor of David Gilb to head the Department of Personnel Administration came less than 24 hours before the state's first mediation session with the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the union whose 31,000 members have been working without a contract for nearly a year. "It's important to get on with the business of getting this agreement done, and yes, it is a relief,"...
  • Editorial: Send message to CCPOA

    06/19/2007 8:01:07 AM PDT · by SmithL · 28 replies · 592+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/19/7 | Editor
    The California Senate soon will show whether it is a wholly owned subsidiary of the prison guards' union, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA). The union, which is in the midst of contentious negotiations over a new contract with the state, opposes confirmation of the state's chief labor negotiator, Dave Gilb. The Senate Rules Committee must vote on Gilb's nomination this week or next to meet a July 1 deadline. The union is displeased that the state asked for negotiations to be submitted to mediation. Where Gilb believes mediation is the "best path to get to an agreement," a...
  • Ruling says California miscalculated prison guard salaries ($440 million Ooops!)

    01/19/2007 8:32:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 674+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 1/19/07 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO An arbitrator has ruled that state officials miscalculated wages and benefits for corrections employees, a mistake that will cost California taxpayers an estimated $440 million over two years and force cuts to other state departments. The ruling, made public Friday, means the state will pay $200 million for back pay and health benefits to about 30,000 prison guards, probation officers and other correctional employees, retroactive to July 1, 2005. In addition, the employees are due a 3.1 percent pay increase retroactive to the start of the year under a provision that ties their wages to those of other law...
  • CA: Governor's aides stymied prison reform, ex-prison chiefs say

    12/21/2006 10:33:16 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 277+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/21/06 | Jennifer Warren
    SAN FRANCISCO — Two former prison chiefs handpicked by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday that election-year politics had thwarted their efforts to fix the crisis gripping California's correctional system, prompting them to resign in frustration earlier this year. Testifying in federal court, the two corrections secretaries singled out the prison guards union and a pair of Schwarzenegger's top aides for most of the blame, saying the aides had given the union veto power over candidates for top jobs and a say in other key decisions. One of the aides, Chief of Staff Susan Kennedy, said she planned to play a...
  • CA: Judge lets transfer of 2,260 Calif. inmates despite legal fears

    11/22/2006 5:54:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 422+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 11/22/06 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO A state judge decided Friday to let California send 2,260 inmates to other states to relieve prison crowding, though she said the transfers may be illegal. Two state employee unions "are reasonably likely" to win their lawsuit against the state next year, but can't prove they are suffering enough immediate irreparable harm to justify a preliminary injunction in the meantime, ruled Sacramento Superior Court Judge Gail Ohanesian. Any damages the unions suffer are more than offset by the "extreme peril" created by keeping more than 173,000 inmates in space designed for fewer than 100,000, Ohanesian said. Crowding could trigger...
  • CA: Prison guards win a grievance that could result in 3% pay hike ('Contract Bingo'!)

    11/21/2006 10:06:27 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 434+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/21/06 | Andy Furillo
    The California Correctional Peace Officers Association may be miles away from getting a new labor contract with the state, but its members appear to be in line for a pay raise sooner rather than later, thanks to the union's victory in a grievance it filed a year ago. In a decision dated Saturday, an arbitrator ruled that the CCPOA's 31,000 members are entitled to a pay raise based on compensation increases the state gave to the California Highway Patrol. The prison officers' pay is linked to the CHP's union contract, and the arbitrator ruled that health insurance and holiday leave-time...
  • Unions to file suit to block inmate transfers

    10/30/2006 4:36:55 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 466+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/30/6 | Andy Furillo
    Two major public employee unions announced Monday they plan to file a lawsuit to block the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from transferring more than 2,000 inmates to private prisons in other states. Representatives of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association and the Service Employees International Union Local 1000 said they planned to file the suit Monday afternoon in Sacramento Superior Court. They said they would seek to stop the transfers on grounds that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger overstepped his legal authority in seeking the moves based on prison overcrowding. Although California has used private prisons for years within its...
  • Prison guard talks break down--no contract likely until 2007

    08/11/2006 6:34:27 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 4 replies · 229+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | August 11, 2006 | Shane Goldmacher
    It has been more than a month since the labor contract between California and the state's prison guards expired and the union now says it is digging in and preparing to go without a contract until at least 2007. Discussions have stalled as negotiators face a deadline--which could be as soon as today--to hammer out a deal and have it ratified by the Legislature before the end of the year. The negotiating teams have not met for more than a week after a late July session when tempers flared and both sides walked away displeased. The state and union have...
  • Prison guards union launches TV attack on Schwarzenegger reforms

    08/07/2006 8:37:03 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 11 replies · 385+ views
    AP - Contra Costa Times ^ | Aug. 07, 2006 | DON THOMPSON
    SACRAMENTO - The state prison guards union unleashed a television attack against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday, harshly criticizing the governor's prison-reform plans. The union's action was notable because top Schwarzenegger administration officials have been trying to work with the union leadership on prison issues since the start of the year. The cooperation was widely seen as an attempt to keep the union and its campaign warchest on the sidelines as the governor seeks re-election. What appeared to be a warming relationship between the governor's office and the 30,000-member union is believed to have prompted two corrections secretaries to resign...
  • Lawsuits drive prison operations in California

    08/05/2006 10:37:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 371+ views
    Operations within California's prison system are increasingly being driven by court orders, as federal and state judges demand improvements in inmate health care, mental health services, employee discipline, juvenile justice and other aspects of the corrections department. Watchdogs have been appointed in five of the most far-reaching cases. Meanwhile, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his Democratic opponent, state Treasurer Phil Angelides, have proposed their own reforms plans. A look at the main lawsuits and the proposals to change the system: ___ THE LAWSUITS _ Madrid case/inmate abuse: Filed in 1990, the lawsuit originally alleged abuse of inmates at Pelican Bay State...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger's plan to build more prisons to cost $6 billion

    08/01/2006 6:18:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 317+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/1/06 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal to build two prisons and other units to relieve extreme inmate overcrowding will cost an estimated $6 billion, Acting Corrections Secretary James Tilton said Tuesday. That figure is part of the total amount California taxpayers will be asked to pay in the coming years toward reforming various aspects of the state's correctional system. Federal and state courts are overseeing reforms to inmate health care, mental health services, employee discipline and the juvenile justice division. They are requiring new construction and other changes that could reach billions of additional dollars. The governor has called a special...
  • CA: CRIMINAL NEGLECT - Crumbling buildings a threat to safety, security (Pt. 3 of 4)

    07/25/2006 6:28:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 252+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 7/25/06 | Mason Stockstill
    It’s not a good sign when cell windows at a state prison are broken. But that was the situation just last year at Reception Center-East, one of four facilities at the California Institution for Men in Chino. Officers had complained about the windows repeatedly, but nothing was done to fix them – until an inmate was caught after slipping out his window in an apparent escape attempt. After that, officers began 24-hour patrols outside East as officials waited for Sacramento to approve funding for repairs. The facility is less than a half-mile from a housing development under construction. ‘‘We’re gonna...
  • CA: CRIMINAL NEGLECT - State prison's problems ignored for decades (Pt. 2 of 4)

    07/24/2006 8:29:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 436+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 7/24/06 | Mason Stockstill
    When Correctional Officer Shayne Allyn Ziska was charged with conspiring to help prison gang members kill other inmates at the California Institution for Men, it wasn't the first time he'd been accused of misconduct. But it was the first time he faced any consequences. Ziska was convicted in February by a U.S. District Court judge on charges of conspiracy, civil rights violations and violent crime in aid of racketeering. He was sentenced last month to 17 years in federal prison. At his trial, several witnesses told how Ziska allowed inmates associated with the white supremacist Nazi Low Riders out of...
  • CA: CRIMINAL NEGLECT - Years of indifference turned Chino prison dream into nightmare (Pt. 1 of 4)

    07/23/2006 9:13:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 765+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 7/23/06 | Mason Stockstill
    When Officer Manuel Gonzalez was stabbed to death Jan. 10, 2005, the inmate suspected in the killing was out of his cell – in violation of standing orders at the prison. Gonzalez, a veteran officer at the California Institution for Men in Chino, also wasn’t wearing his protective "stab-resistant" vest. That’s because it, and hundreds more like it, were in storage and had never been distributed. The killing came a year and a half after prison laundry employee Karen Gossom claims she was sexually assaulted by her supervisor while at work. An Internal Affairs investigation sustained the allegations, and Gossom...
  • CA: State's prison system drowning in scandals (What about the CCPOA and their culpability?)

    07/23/2006 9:09:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 260+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 7/22/06 | Mason Stockstill
    One of the difficulties facing corrections departments around the country is that their directors don’t keep their jobs very long. The average tenure for prisons chiefs is 2.4 years – not enough time to have a real impact, said Rod Hickman, the head of California’s prison system, in an interview earlier this year. "I don’t know that I can tell you exactly the right amount of time, but the one thing I do know that you can see from systems that are performing how people would like them to, albeit not perfectly: They had continuity in leadership," he said. Three...
  • California will run out of prison space next year, official says

    07/20/2006 6:46:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 1,055+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 7/20/06 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO California will run out of even makeshift prison beds in less than a year unless the state takes action, the state's corrections chief said Thursday, warning also of an increased danger of riots. California's record-high population of 172,000 inmates is spilling into gymnasiums and day rooms, Acting Corrections Secretary James Tilton told lawmakers at a hearing. The state's adult prisons are designed only to hold about 100,000 and the last 3,000 of an estimated 16,000 makeshift bed spaces will be used up in months, Tilton said, leaving the state in a crisis situation. "I will be out of beds...
  • CA: Governor reaches out to Indians - offers to negotiate new gambling deals

    07/15/2006 11:11:10 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 4 replies · 209+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 15, 2006 | Greg Lucas
    Trying to appease another well-heeled political enemy, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger held a closed-door meeting last week with representatives of 68 California Indian tribes, offering to negotiate new gambling compacts. The Republican governor fielded questions from tribal leaders -- some who operate casinos and others who want to -- in a hotel conference room across the street from the Capitol. Schwarzenegger apologized for not meeting personally with the members of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association earlier to discuss the scope of gambling in the state, which is home to 56 Indian casinos. "He said he was open to negotiating with...