Health Care Facility warden has been reassigned

California Health Care Facility in Stockton is undergoing management changes. Warden Ron Rackley has accepted a position at Folsom. He will be replaced by Vacaville’s Warden Brian Duffy.

Rackley said his decision has nothing to do with issues at the facility, including scrutiny from the Prison Law Office, which is questioning inmate deaths that have occured at the facility since it opened last year.

The facility recently resumed medical and mental health admissions following a halt in intake due to inadequate and unsanitary conditions.

Rackley said Folsom is closer to his home and the position is one he has been wanting for some time.

Rackley spoke positively about his experiences both at the health care facility and at DVI, and talked about challenges in an interview.

The full story will be in Thursday’s paper. But in the meantime, here is a memo that went out after 5 p.m. Tuesday: DAI Managerial Assignments 08-19-14


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Snippet from interview with DA-Elect Tori Verber Salazar

On June 17, we published a Q&A with District Attorney-Elect Tori Verber Salazar, who will take office in January.

 We couldn’t publish all of it because of space. Here is a piece that didn’t make it on how things will change at the District Attorney’s Office:

 Q: What will your management style be?

Verber Salazar: “I believe in surrounding yourself with the best and the brightest people that you can find, but I also believe those people should be able to challenge themselves and challenge me to do more.

Our goal is to interview everyone in the office to see where they see the office going and where they see their position going and how we can develop better ways…

In the past, everyone in management was appointed by the District Attorney. We’re going to have open applications for management. We’re going to have two people appointed and the rest will submit an application, so anyone can apply for the position. We’re going to have oral interviews and a three-person management panel.

I’ve never been allowed to apply. It’s always been appointed.

And we will restructure our divisions, so work is a little bit easier to manage.

We’re going to be more technology driven: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter…”

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Bank robbery suspect past records

Court records:






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James Willett made The Onion,36433/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=LinkPreview:1:Default

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Gary Hickey’s campaign video

I haven’t been able to reach district attorney candidate Gary Hickey for the past few days. But this video appeared on Youtube Monday (6/2/14).

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He drank and drove for a good cause in 1984

I did a little archive search in our library and came across this clipping from March 22, 1984, when Gary Hickey was a deputy district attorney. He took part in a drinking and driving test in a program to promote safety: HickeyDriverSafety

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Trial briefs in Trulsson vs SJ County

Former assistant chief investigator Janis Trulsson won $2 million lawsuit against San Joaquin County on a claim her former employer, District Attorney James Willett, retaliation against her.

View their arguments:   JanisTrulssonTrialBrief     SJCountyTrialBriefTrulssonSuit

View the story:


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Blufford Hayes will seek new trial

Blufford Hayes, a former death row inmate who represented himself in his retrial and then decided not to attend the trial, was convicted by a jury recently — again. He wrote me a letter, which I received today (Feb. 21, 2014), explaining the reasons for his absence. He also said he intends to seek a new trial. Here is the last story: 

Read the letters: HayesLetter , HayesLetter2


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High school mock trial honors LA public defender

The San Joaquin County Office of Education’s Tuesday mock trial for high school students — “People vs. Rae Concha” — was written by the Constitutional Rights Foundation.

“Rae Concha” is a fictitious character named after the late Los Angeles County Public Defender Bureau Chief Michael Concha. The real Concha was a great supporter of the foundation.

See the coverage of the high school competition today’s paper: Tuesday’s round of mock trials


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Judicial Council considers changes to trial court funding

SACRAMENTO — The state Judicial Council will meet Feb. 20 to consider recommendations to make revisions to the Workload-Based Allocation and Funding Methodology.
The Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee proposed establishing “an absolute funding floor to address unrealistically low funding for rural courts with fewer than 50 employees,” a press release says.
A live audiocast of the meeting, which will be held in Sacramento, will be on the California Courts website, and the agenda and reports also have been posted online. 
Other things they will discuss:
“Superior Court of Kings County Applies for State-Level Reserve Funding: The council will consider recommendations and options on the Superior Court of Kings County’s application for supplemental funding related to the implementation of its new case management system. $35.2 million remains of the 2 percent state level reserve set-aside in the Trial Court Trust Fund for FY 2013–2014. By statute, the Judicial Council after October 31 and before March 15 of each year may distribute the remaining funds if there has been a request from a trial court(s) for unforeseen emergencies or unanticipated expenses for existing programs. The council then allocates to all courts after March 15 a proportionate share of any unexpended funds from the 2% state-level reserve.
Funding for Criminal Justice Realignment, Court-Appointed Dependency Counsel, and Workers’ Compensation Liabilities: The council will consider a recommendation from its Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee to allocate $7.64 million in funding from the Trial Court Trust Fund and the State Trial Court Improvement and Modernization Fund for costs associated with criminal justice realignment, court-appointed dependency counsel, and the settlement of workers’ compensation tail claim liabilities.
California State Auditor Report on AOC Procurement Practices: The council will receive and discuss a reportreleased by the California State Auditor in December that is required to be performed to assess the implementation of the Judicial Branch Contract Law by the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, Administrative Office of the Courts, and Habeas Corpus Resource Center. The Auditor reported that although these entities are generally complying with the law’s requirements and with the provisions of the Judicial Branch Contracting Manual, they need to improve certain practices.”

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