So we meet again dear readers. It’s been quite some time since last we spoke. I’m sure many of you AOC Watcher fans have been wondering just where I’ve been. Well, all will be explained with just one phrase: Life. It happens. Although I’m sure some thought that I had probably been scared off by the AOC’s stormtroopers, the truth is much simpler and a whole lot less interesting. I got swamped with life.
Now, however, my life has quieted down just a wee bit to the point where I thought I could start blogging again. And if you really want to know why I’m even bothering starting up the blog since it’s been almost a year since last I wrote, the truth is, I feel inspired to start writing again because of what I’ve seen during my time off.
A lot has changed in the past year. Some of the changes have been positive and encouraging. The circle of people who are disillusioned with the AOC and the Judicial Council has grown exponentially. Nothing the AOC says is taken as gospel. More and more judicial officers are adding their voices against the AOC and have joined the Alliance of California Judges Association. Legislators now see the AOC for the bloated and byzantine bureaucracy of bloated buffoons that it is and are now willing to question it. These are just some of the positive things I’ve seen this past year.
But all the positive changes can’t make up for the negative and discouraging things that I’ve seen that only give weight to that old adage that the more things change, the more they stay the same. The AOC’s continued mismanagement and misappropriation
outright thievery of court funds serves as an inspiration for banana republics everywhere. The AOC and the Judicial Council continue to support the infamous CCMS program that has swallowed $500 million of Californian’s hard earned monies with nothing to show for it. And nobody knows for sure just what the final cost will be and when it will ever be truly operational and whether it’ll even be relevant. And just this past week we’ve seen the result of what happens when you have overpaid bureaucrats running the show. The San Francisco Superior Court issued layoff notices to over 40% of its workforce and it will result in the closure of 25 courtrooms. Layoffs also affected the courts in San Joaquin County. Other counties continue to operate with depleted funds and depleted workforces. And the judicial crisis in San Francisco is just a spark that will result in an inferno that will consume more and more courts.
All the while, the building of multi-million dollar courthouses in tiny municipalities goes on and CCMS’s appetite for tax dollars continues to grow with no end in sight.
The AOC and the Judicial Council’s blunder cannot continue without comment or criticism. And so dear AOC Watcher readers and followers, I say unto thee: Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!