Former Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso says he’s a big proponent of state government reforms, but don’t call him a hater of the judiciary’s Court Case Management System.
Reynoso, as we reported , signed the ballot argument in favor of Proposition 31, a Nov. 6 ballot initiative that would overhaul California’s budgeting practices. That argument, included in information pamphlets sent to 17 million registered voters, cited the defunct CCMS as an example of the costly government waste Prop 31 would stop.
Late Friday Reynoso called to say that he is no critic of CCMS.
“I had some quarrel with some of the ballot arguments because there’s too much tendency, I think, to blame waste in government,” Reynoso said.
Reynoso, a professor emeritus at UC-Davis School of Law, serves on the leadership council of the group that drafted Prop 31, California Forward. The former justice said he supports the nonpartisan group’s efforts to promote fixes to the state’s “dysfunctional” government. Signing the ballot argument, when asked, “was quite natural for me,” he said.
Reynoso said he didn’t agree with the critique of CCMS but felt the overall message of supporting Prop 31 was a worthy one.
“When you’re working with other folks, you don’t always have full control of the message,” he said.