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Alameda County Superior Court cuts clerks' hours due to budget deficit

Clerks starting at 8:30 a.m. as usual, but now shutter two hours earlier at 2:30 p.m.

Alameda County Superior Court clerks' office hours were reduced starting Tuesday as a result of a sizable budget deficit.

Court officials made the announcement about the reduced hours in November, citing a budget deficit of more than $5 million to start fiscal year 2016-17.

To save money, clerks' offices at all county courthouses are now open at the same 8:30 a.m. time but are closing two hours earlier, at 2:30 p.m.

instead of 4:30 p.m., on Mondays through Fridays.

Traffic clerk offices, which had been open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, are instead also closing at 2:30 p.m.

Telephone hours in all clerks' offices will be reduced to 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with the exception of traffic clerks and the jury services

office, which will remain open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alameda County court officials have made other cost-cutting moves recently, including eliminating a number of vacant staff positions and eliminating the use of overtime or comp time for staff except

in "very narrow" instances, court officials said.

Court officials said while the state's economy has improved in recent years, certain courts like Alameda County's have been deemed to be "donor" courts and portions of their ongoing funding are being diverted to other counties whose courts have been deemed to be more under-resourced.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

Comments

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Posted by oldtimer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 4, 2017 at 10:00 am

I doubt that the cost of the clerks is the major cost for the courts. This is typical government reaction, cut the services to the taxpayers where it hurts the most. I didn't see any references to cutting management overhead, improving the processes to reduce the amount of work, etc. Just reduce services, cut the salaries of the lowest paid employees, and hope that the pain is enough that a bill to raise taxes will get passed at the next opportunity


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Posted by Jason
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jan 4, 2017 at 10:19 am

At one point Counties were in charge of running the Courts, but the State of California took them back under their control. So this isn't surprising.


3 people like this
Posted by spudly
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Jan 4, 2017 at 10:52 am

What about the bigger picture? In this day of record tax revenues, how can there still be a deficit?


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