There won’t be layoffs at San Francisco Superior Court –- at least for now.
The court had readied 122 layoff notices and was prepared to start sending them out yesterday, depending on the governor’s revised budget that was unveiled Friday.
“We’re abandoning, for now, a plan to take a cut in staff,” Presiding Judge James McBride said this morning. “We can’t keep our operation going at the level it does if we cut staff.”
Asked how the court will make it without layoffs, McBride said a "voluntary separation program" that some employees are signing up for is “an important part of our future,” and that there are “other strategies we’re going to look at to tighten our belts and make it.”
Once the budget is passed, he noted, “then we’ll be able to know predictably how many nights a week we’ll have to eat beans and toast.”