Well, well, well. I’m not exactly sure what to make of this. I had heard rumors for a few months now that there was a legislative committee that was very interested in the AOC and how it ran its operations. Now it seems the rumors are true. According to an article in the San Jose Mercury News, a committee formed last year to review waste in government agencies has set the date of October 28th to hold a hearing reviewing the AOC.
And what does the committee plan on reviewing in particular to the AOC?
The committee, formed last year to explore waste and inefficiency in state agencies, has scheduled a hearing for Oct. 28 to review the AOC, with a focus on “budget transparency, staff growth and information technology issues,” according to a committee staffer.
The assembly committee plans to look at the spending and staff growth, which has seen the AOC expand from 490 employees to 901 the past five years. The committee also is reviewing a $1.2 billion planned upgrade to the courts’ statewide technology system, which has in part been put on hold by the budget crunch.
Of course the AOC issued a statement via Curt Child, director of government affairs for the Judicial Council. “We’re certainly always ready, willing and able to make sure we respond to all legislative inquires on the courts and how the courts operate.” Oh, I’m sure they’re burning the midnight oil over at the AOC main office working on their defense. Perhaps a weekend retreat is in order where the AOC can map out their presentation for the committee. May I suggest AOC that you hold your meetings here or here since you really seemed to love both locations the last time you held meetings there.
And again, remember to set your calendars fellow AOC Watchers. October 28th. I know I certainly will.
Oh, and if you’d like to know more about the committee and who its members are, just click here.