It is with great frustration and outrage that I read that Gov. Jerry Brown is giving himself a raise, along with all of the state legislators and all of the state workers (their second consecutive raise).
I wrote last year, complaining about the huge cuts in funding to the state trial courts and how those cuts have resulted in so many courthouses across the state closing. The courthouses that remain open are forced to reduce the hours they are open. The closed courthouses across the state remain closed. Employees have been laid off, the long lines at the clerks’ offices remain long because of the reduced staffing. The morale of the employees in the trial courts is at an all-time low.
The trial court employees of Solano Superior Court have not had a raise in more than five years and have been furloughed two of those years. They have already been advised that they will be facing furloughs again for a third time for this fiscal year because of the reduction in funding to the trial courts by the governor.
Now we are being advised that the court will close the family law division and civil division in the Vallejo courthouse because of lack of funding.
It is everyone’s right to have access to our justice system. But this will become very difficult for the people in the Vallejo area. The impact this closure will have on the people in Vallejo will be devastating. People will have to find transportation to Fairfield to see a judge for family court orders for child custody and support, and for domestic violence restraining orders.
Doesn’t the governor and our state legislators even care about what is happening across the state?
I just don’t see how the governor can reward himself and others when there still exists such as massive funding shortage for our state judicial system.
Is no one in Sacramento listening? What will have to happen for the governor to take notice?