UPDATED: Here's the Chief's letter.
Thanks, but no thanks.
That''s the gist of a letter from Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to Assembly Majority Leader Charles Calderon, D-Montebello, in response to his request for a March 15 get-together on Assembly Bill 1208.
Cantil-Sakauye sent the letter Thursday saying she’s unavailable on the meeting date. She offers a number of other reasons for declining his offer: the branch is focused on the budget; the Judicial Council has a big meeting coming up on the Court Case Management System; judges are already working hard on governance issues. And she offers no prospect of any immediate meeting with the assemblyman.
The letter’s tone is polite. But its intended audience is clearly the Legislature and judges, not Calderon -- just like Calderon’s letter was meant for more eyes than just the chief justice’s. If the two really wanted to chat they could have met Thursday when Cantil-Sakauye was at the Capitol to meet with Senate Republicans. They did not.
A more blunt translation of the chief justice’s letter: Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg reiterated Thursday that AB 1208 is going nowhere in his house, so Calderon can take his invitation to meet and … well, you get the picture.
The chief justice’s scheduled State of the Judiciary speech before the Legislature on March 19 is shaping up to be an unusually fascinating event.