Articles Tagged With ‘California Public Employees’

It’s better now to be a public employee

Fewer pay and hiring freezes are plaguing those with public jobs in California as things get brighter for state and local government civil service employees. That’s the conclusion of a new report by the non-profit Center for State & Local... (Continue reading)

First Amendment case threatens public employee unions

OPINION By PETER SCHEER Public employee unions face a new, and mortal, threat. It’s not the unfunded liability of union pension plans or municipal governments’ resort to bankruptcy to void union contracts. It’s not state initiatives to restrict collective bargaining... (Continue reading)

Judge reinstates Grover Beach officer fired over Taser use

A San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge has ordered that the Grover Beach Police Department reinstate an officer it fired for using excessive force during a 2010 Taser incident. [Tribune] Santino Lopez responded to a reported kidnapping of 6-month-old baby... (Continue reading)

Legislative assistants cost increase $500,000 under Gibson

OPINION By JULIE TACKER In 2004, when Supervisor Debbie Arnold served as the legislative assistant to then District 5 Supervisor Mike Ryan, her salary was a respectable $3,905 a month. Supervisor Bruce Gibson was elected in 2006 and hired Mrs.... (Continue reading)

School board keeps Teach but kills public comment

The San Luis Coastal Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to temporarily continue the operation of Teach Elementary School during an emotional meeting Tuesday evening in which the board squelched public comment. Despite a recommendation from Superintendent Eric... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles teachers vote no confidence in superintendent

The Paso Robles teacher’s union has voted “no confidence” in Superintendent Kathleen McNamara following the announcement of the district’s plan to implement nine furlough days next year as a cost saving measure. During a union meeting, 97 percent of the... (Continue reading)

San Francisco bus workers making six figures in overtime

Ten San Francisco transit workers received more than $100,000 in overtime pay alone in the last fiscal year. [SF Gate] Head of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency signal shop Khoa Trinh clocked nearly 2,000 hours of overtime at a... (Continue reading)

CHP chief was making nearly $500,000 before retiring

California Highway Patrol division chief Jeff Talbott retired last year making $483,581 in salary and benefits. [Bloomberg] Talbott, 53, retired as the highest paid officer in the 12 most-populous U.S. states, according to a Bloomberg investigation. Upon retirement, he began... (Continue reading)

Search starts for new CSU chief

Eight trustees of the California State University system are interviewing candidates for chancellor over the next two days. (Sacramento Bee, CalState) The new boss of the 23-campus system — one of which is Cal Poly — may be among those... (Continue reading)

Oceano board members’ illicit raise under fire

By KAREN VELIE Oceano Community Services District Board members are slated Wednesday to revisit their approval of an illegal raise that they voted to give themselves in July. On July 11, board president Matt Guerrero called the proposed raise hazard... (Continue reading)