Op-Ed: Survey on transparency and accountability in the AOC

I’ve received a request from reader Obi-Wan Kenobi to post a separate post featuring a survey developed by him for what appears to be a new group. The Alliance of AOC Employees. I’m including the introduction to the survey below and a link to the survey as well.

Thank you for participating in our survey. Your feedback is important. All survey results will be posted by Obi-Wan Kenobi on AOC Watcher and are intended to anonymously express the feelings of individuals throughout the branch. Everyone is encouraged to take this survey and if the question does not apply to you, then please skip the question as not to skew the results.

Note: This survey is not exactly impartial. It has a few leading questions that would be tossed out by any judge if this was a courtroom. However, I’m not in a courtroom nor am I a land shark. 🙂

Amusing commentary is appreciated as much as serious commentary. Have fun and say it like it is.

Be sure to copy this link and spread the link as far and wide as possible.


Click here to take survey.

7 responses to “Op-Ed: Survey on transparency and accountability in the AOC

  1. Thank you for those who are particpating in this survey.

    It’s obvious by recent replies that AOC Senior or executive management themselves – those who wish to preserve the status quo are turning the tides of the results of this survey, going so far as reminding the survey author that there are proper internal procedures for handling issues brought up in the survey, recommending spending “whatever it takes” to deploy CCMS and “spend the money now and build the courthouses now” and that our internal audits division and whistleblowing function are working just peachy.

    Properly orchestrated, the AOC would be able to produce somewhere around 200 such people to carry these messages to the survey results.

    Your job, if you choose to undertake it, is to offset those results with your own understanding and beliefs and I ask that you take the opportunity to do so.


  2. This is a message to management of the AOC who wrote messages to the author requesting that the survey results be shared with management before they go public-

    Paula Negley’s complaint and managements well documented inaction and complicity in the face of that complaint that ultimately led to her termination because some manager left a “confidential document” on her desk – and then used that “confidential document” exchanged during discovery as the basis for her termination shows what length you’re willing to go to right a wrong.’

    Where is the crime report for the embezzlement? The DA refused to prosecute because the DA never got a criminal complaint!

    If you had any intention of doing the right thing, you would have already done it. Paula would still be working with the AOC and her AD and director would be out on the street (which multiple responses to our survey indicates they should be anyways)

    You’ve also shown what lengths you’re willing to go to, again, to right a wrong by subjecting Michael Paul to months of “What else do you know about these transactions” as opposed to bouncing wrongdoers out on their ass.

    Removing our well respected network architect’s administrative permissions and re-assigning him “to a project he has documented is destined to fail in a very expensive way with no power to change it.” (to quote what is written in accountability california’s article of yesterday) isn’t doing the right thing.

    Doing the right thing amounts to admitting fallability and your mistakes, holding people accountable for their actions and moving on.

    ZERO respondents in our survey have indicated that you’re willing to do that.

    If you want to step up to the plate and start doing the right thing and holding people accountable BEFORE the survey results are publicly released then I suggest you do so.

    This survey is the “no spin zone”

    Otherwise, we have no intention of letting those that don’t care about good people spin up the imperial PR mimeographs before the results go public.

    Rather, we intend to mercilessly drag you through your own pile of crap you’ve created.

    Let me suggest one other thing. He or she who retires, resigns or is terminated for being complicit in certain events already well documented need not be mentioned because the AOC will be demonstrating a willingness to do the right thing.

    To quote both Colin Powell and Wendy Darling,

    “Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” — Colin Powell

    We have learned to not bring to you our problems because we have lost confidence that you’re willing to do anything about them and you clearly do not care.

    On behalf of the Alliance of AOC Employees,

    Obi-Wan Kenobi

  3. “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a short tale by Hans Christian Andersen about two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes invisible to those unfit for their positions or incompetent. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, a child cries out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!” The tale has been translated into over a hundred languages. – Wikipedia

  4. Thank you Claire.

    Patience is a virtue, Obie. I only ask that more members of the bench let readers know that they are watching, and that they too demand to know what is going on at the AOC. My last post.

    God bless.

  5. Rest assured I and many other judges are reading and watching and are starting to ask what is going on at the AOC. We care about our trial courts and staff and the inequities and apparent injustice being done to some.

  6. Thank you, John Henry.

    It has been mentally and emotionally supportive to know that members of the bench are, indeed, watching with interest in seeking the truth. More than, perhaps, they realize?

    “It takes two to speak the truth – one to speak, and another to hear.”– Henry David Thoreau

    This survey is an opportunity to speak the truth…and to know that it will be heard.

  7. Humm, the survey results are being swung in favor of the AOC eh? I thought Ron O said that this blog was not being read by any in the chain of command at the AOC. Crikey, you think he may have told a fib? Say it ain’t so!