SACRAMENTO, CA - UPEC court employees have figured out that local problems can't be resolved locally. Business Manager Chris Darker formed a Rural Court Coalition earlier this year to address budget problems at the state level.
"Unfortunately, Court CEO's in many of the six courts we represent aren't making the right decisions when it comes to public access to the court", said Darker. Darker testified Wednesday in front of an Assembly budget committee that, "Unlike other Courts, rural courts in Northern California aren't making the right decisions when it comes to improving public access to the court", said Darker.
UPEC represents 6 rural courts in their local union. Less than half do the right thing with funding and others spend on pet projects while cutting public access to the court. Just as everyone else in government, budgets and requests for additional funding requires accountability. The AOC is requiesting over $600 milion to 1.2 billion in additional funds but refuses to disclose what that money will be spent on. "Those days are over!, we expect that public money be accounted for in advance", said Darker.
The AOC wants more money but won't accept anything less nor any funds that have strings attached. So they turn down funding for specific projects such as Collaborative Court programs. "It seems strange to me how judges say they support these programs but don't want to be held accountable to finance them?". Why would anyone give money based on that?" , said Darker.
The court coalition will address the Senate budget committee tomorrow.