Gov. urges minimum wage for California state workers until budget deal is reached
By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times -- After enduring more than a year of unpaid monthly furlough days, state workers could see their pay cut to minimum wage until Sacramento strikes a budget accord this summer, according to a memo from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration sent Wednesday. Schwarzenegger is pushing for the pay cut as yet another overdue state spending plan looms. But the man charged with writing workers' paychecks, Controller John Chiang, said he would defy the order.
Schwarzenegger: State workers to face minimum wage
By Judy Lin, Associated Press -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration on Wednesday warned state workers that they will have their pay cut to the federal minimum wage if California lawmakers don't pass a budget soon.Department of Personnel Administration director Debbie Endsley wrote in a memo to agency managers that the administration will instruct the state controller to reduce wages to $7.25 per hour for the July pay period if there is no budget agreement. She also warned that furloughs, which were scheduled to end last week, could be extended.
Department of Juvenile Justice:
Former prison counselor says staffer in sex abuse suit was protected
By Malcolm Maclachlan, Capitol Weekly -- Earlier this month, a jury awarded $1.2 million to four young offenders who said they were sexually abused by a counselor at the Heman G. Stark Correctional Facility in Chino. Now a key witness in that case, Patrick Barber has said he is filing his own lawsuit, claiming that he was harassed repeatedly by a superior in an effort to keep the scandal quiet.
CA Lawmakers Target Sex Offender Polling Places
By Anna Werner, CBS 5 San Francisco -- Some California legislators say they're prepared to take action to fix a problem uncovered by CBS 5 Investigates - the discovery that some polling places are actually located at the residences of sex offenders.