Wednesday, November 09, 2005

All of the Governator's propositions FAILED.
I wonder if the puppet-heads at the Dept. of Retaliation learned anything from yesterday's complete rejection of the propositions. The tip for today: do not threaten lawmakers with statewide votes to get around them. It seems to me that the Californians deserve better than a partisan governor trying to break it off in the backside of the unions and legislature.
With his tail between his legs, his close circle of Wilson Dropouts might want to clue themselves in what Californians really want: leadership that encourages cooperation, not behavior that discourages cooperation. The Governator wasted millions of dollars (estimated at $80,000,000) that could have been better spent. All in all, it looks to be a one-quarter of a billion dollar process: what a waste.
It just goes to show that his advisors seem to be incompetent, clueless, and completely out of touch with the majority of Californians. It also goes to show that they are completely in touch with rich corporations and big-money donors.

Monday, November 07, 2005

DLSE Chief Counsel Robert Allen Jones is their new, take charge swashbuckler! He wants to take in the reigns of one in-house investigation by personally asking the questions and by having a court reporter there to transcript it! If this isn't a wise use of DLSE expenditures, then I don't know what is. An anonymous source says that his questions for only one person will take almost three business days. There's a nickname for the Department of Industrial Relations; it's better known as the Dept. of Industrial Retaliation. From what I can observe, there are many managers who are bored and don't have the ability to make decisions that further the interest of the people of California. Instead, they spend their time managing people right out of the Department. It could be easy to ascertain their accomplishments; interview them as if they're applying for a job. Ask them what their greatest accomplishments have been in the last __ years, and watch the spin doctors do their magic!

Saturday, November 05, 2005

When the Governator's $80 million-dollar special election fails, the rumormill has Vicky Bradshaw, Labor Secretary- Chief Do Nothing, immediately dusting off & polishing her fundraising beggar's cup to work on his re-election campaign. The bonus is that is she must leave state service to work in that capacity. Maybe DLSE employees will get really lucky and she'll take her #1 follower Jose "privately owned and operated by the restaurant lobby" Millan with her.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Was it Assistant Chief Nance Steffen that approved that new addendum form that must be used in conjunction with the DLSE claim form? It's 3 pages long! The initial claim form is only 1 page! This is exactly the level of competence that comes from top management. Never mind the fact that there was no training in using the form, never mind the fact that it was just dumped in our laps with no explanation, never mind the fact that there was no input received from those that will use the form, and never mind the fact that career bureaucrats like Nance Steffen will NEVER actually complete the form, but it's perfectly okay for her to authorize such mind-numbing directives.

Receiving and completing complaints from the public is for the 'little' people, and 'big' people like Nance Steffen do not work with the public at the counter. Assistant Chiefs are too important and busy trying to drum people out of the Division, covering their own posteriors, and attending useless meetings that accomplish nothing. From my own ears, I have heard every employee using this new addendum complaining about it. This addendum is so far off the grid (unauthorized) that there is no formal DLSE form number attached to it. For example, the Initial Claim is DLSE Form 1.
Deputy Chief Guadalupe Almaraz is her supervisor, but I don't think he's ready to invoke the process of documentation and progressive discipline. Besides, it's not like making bad decisions can be equated to inefficient and poor public service. With this new addendum, it will take much more time to assist each person coming to file a complaint. You know what that translates into? Longer waiting in line, people bitching, people getting pissed off (both DLSE employees and the public), and decreased service to the public. Somehow, someone approved and implemented this extra dysfunctional system, but there will be no accountability.