Monday, July 29, 2013

CDCR to Receive Top Honors at GTC West

On August 21, 2013 during the 2013 Government Technology Conference (GTC) West, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Enterprise Information Services (EIS) team will receive top honors for launching the Best Application Serving an Agency’s Business Needs.  The CDCR successfully developed and implemented the Strategic Offender Management System (SOMS) in 2009.  The project helped to automate and streamline information sharing by consolidating more than 40 offender database systems. 
Additionally, the CDCR representatives will receive the events most distinguished award for the Best Application Serving the Public.  The CDCR developed and implemented an innovative appointment system to allow visitors of inmates to create an appointment time electronically to access visiting areas.  The project helped create an efficient and expeditious visiting process that offers maximum visiting time.
For registration and event information, please visit the GTC West website at or call Albert Rivas at
(916) 324-6508.

Friday, July 26, 2013

CDCR Announces Appointment of Ms. Arlene Sakazaki to Associate Director, Office of Business Services

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced the appointment of Ms. Arlene Sakazaki to the position of Associate Director, Office of Business Services (OBS). 

Ms. Sakazaki was welcomed by the OBS team on July 15, 2013 and joined the CDCR after serving with the Department of Health Care Services (CDHCS) as the Chief of the Provider Rate Section.  Arlene's experience includes serving as the DHCS Business Services Unit Chief and as Budget Chief for the California Department of Aging.
Ms. Sakazaki’s extensive background in Business Services will compliment the team well.  Her responsibilities include providing subject matter expertise; developing, implementing, and enforcing compliance with contracting, procurement, and business services policies statewide.  She is also responsible for interpreting and applying State contracting laws, rules, regulations, legislative and legal mandates, and policies and procedures for the CDCR contracts and procurements.
Please join the CDCR in welcoming Ms. Sakazaki to the Department.  For additional information, please contact Albert Rivas, Deputy Chief (A), Office of External Affairs at (916) 324-6508.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Public Safety Officials Join Forces to Move 66,000 lbs

Public Safety leaders and Special Olympic athletes join forces during the annual Power Pull event on July 20, 2013 in Santa Clara.  The event is all about brute strength and team work. Fifteen person teams with lots of heart will each be joined by one Special Olympics athlete and together they will pull both a Central Concrete Truck weighing 38,000 lbs and a Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Fire Truck weighing 66,000 lbs. The FASTEST team to pull the trucks a total of 20 feet wins and receives special award. For event information, please visit:

CDCR Files Court Ordered Progress Report

Pursuant to court order, the State of California filed a progress report on July 18, 2013 that details steps to comply with the Three Judge Panel request to reduce California’s prison population to 137.5 percent of design capacity by December 31, 2013.  The Department successfully reduced the prison population to 149.4 percent or 25,071 inmates during October 2011 with the implementation of the public safety realignment plan under Assembly Bill 109.
The CDCR progress report includes an assessment of non-serious, non-violent, non-sex offense populations in the system (9,077), and concluded that of this population, only 1,205 are defined as having low risk to recidivate.  The progress report provides details about compliance measures such as, admitting inmates to the California Health Care Facility in Stockton, expanding fire camp capacity, increasing prison credits, expanding criteria for medical parole, new parole process for low-risk elderly inmates, slowing the rate of returning inmates to California, pursue contracts with counties that have available jail capacity, and development of a court-ordered early release system. 
CDCR released the following statement:
“The filing today is a progress report about steps we are taking to develop the court-ordered measures to reduce the prison population. We have urged the Supreme Court to halt the lower court’s attempt to force early releases because they would unnecessarily jeopardize public safety, and are not needed given the quality medical and mental health care that inmates already receive.” 
For questions, please call the CDCR, Office of External Affairs at (916) 445-8492.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

SANTA BARBARA – Police Department invites local community members to coffee.  Meet with a cop over coffee and share ideas or concerns.  A series of informal meetings will take place throughout Santa Barbara.  Each one is designed to create an opportunity for open discussion with an officer about local matters and to discuss the quality of life.
The next coffee with a cop is planned for Tuesday, July 30, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 3052 De La Vina Street (State & De La Vina).
For additional information or questions, please contact Sergeant Riley L. Harwood, SBPD Community & Media Relations at (805) 897-2320 or by email at

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is pleased to welcome Mr. Kenneth Pogue to the position of Assistant Secretary, Office of Legislation, effective August 19, 2013.
Mr. Pogue served as deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice since 1999.  His experience also includes serving as associate attorney at the Law Offices of Porter Scott Weiberg and Delehant from 1997 to 1999.  He served with the Law Office of Robert Tronvig in 1997 and was a contract district attorney in the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office in 1996.  He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. 
Please join the CDCR team in welcoming Mr. Pogue. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

California State Senate Confirms CDCR Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Beard

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced that CDCR Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Beard, 66, was confirmed by the California Senate with a 23-6 vote

Beard has served as acting CDCR Secretary since being appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in December 2012.

“I am honored to be working for the people of California and the Brown Administration, said Secretary Beard. “I am committed to ensuring California’s prison system holds offenders accountable, provides safe and secure facilities for staff as well as inmates, and expands innovative rehabilitative programs. I will continue to work  with local law enforcement to make California’s Public Safety Realignment Law a success and look forward to California getting out from under costly federal court oversight and regaining full control of its prison system.” For complete details please visit:
California Legislature Appoints CDCR Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Beard

CDCR Releases Mass Hunger Strike Information

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is responding to a mass hunger strike disturbance by thousands of inmates in several correctional facilities. As of today, 12,421 inmates in 24 state prisons and four out-of-state contract facilities have missed nine consecutive meals since Monday, July 8, 2013. An inmate is considered to be on a hunger strike after he has missed nine consecutive meals.

For additional information, please visit the following link:

CDCR Releases Mass Hunger Strike Information

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Governor Brown Signs 2013-14 Budget

Office of the Governor
Contact: Governor's Press Office
Thursday, June 27, 2013
(916) 445-4571

Governor Brown Signs 2013-14 Budget

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed a balanced, on-time budget that directs additional resources to California’s neediest students and continues the implementation of federal health care reform, while continuing to pay down debt and build a significant reserve to prepare for future uncertainties.

The budget is projected to provide long-term fiscal balance with operating surpluses.

“California’s finances are in very solid shape for the first time in a decade,” said Governor Brown, “We’re making significant investments in the things Californians care most about – the education of our children and adequate health care.”

The budget builds on significant progress in chipping away at the state’s “Wall of Debt.” This year’s budget commits $2.6 billion to continue to pay down budgetary borrowing of prior years. From its peak of $34.7 billion at the end of 2010-11, the outstanding debt is $26.9 billion at the end of 2012-13; under the budget signed today that will be paid down to $4.7 billion over the next four fiscal years.

When Governor Brown was elected in 2010, the state budget deficit was $26.6 billion. Today, California has a budget surplus and general fund spending stands at $96.3 billion. The budget act signed today also establishes a budget reserve of $1.1 billion.

Significant Details of the 2013-14 State Budget:

Historic School Funding Reform
The budget adds $2.1 billion for first-year implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula – which replaces today’s overly complex, inefficient and inequitable finance system for California’s K-12 schools. Districts will receive a per-pupil base grant, a supplemental grant based upon the number of students who are English learners, students from low-income families and foster youth and a concentration grant for districts with over 55 percent of this targeted population.

Implementing Health Care Reform
Building on California’s early establishment of a health benefit exchange and the early coverage expansion through the “Bridge to Reform” waiver, the budget aligns with the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a prudent way while maintaining a strong public safety net. The budget enacts a state-based approach to the optional expansion of care allowed under federal law. Over time, as the ACA becomes fully operative, funding previously provided to counties for indigent health will be shifted to fund human services programs.

Multi-Year Funding Plan for Higher Education
The budget establishes the first-year investment in a multi-year stable funding plan for the University of California and the California State University systems. Each system will receive a 5 percent increase of $125.1 million  the first stage of a four-year funding schedule that will result in a 20 percent general fund increase for the systems. The systems will also receive $125 million in 2013-14 for not increasing student tuition and fees in 2012-13. The budget also provides a year-over-year increase of $228.6 million in general fund dollars and local property taxes for California Community Colleges.

Investing in Energy Efficiency
The budget invests significantly in improving energy efficiency at California’s K-12 schools and community colleges by directing $381 million in Proposition 39 funds to K-12 schools and $47 million for community colleges.

Additional details on the 2013-14 budget, including line-item vetoes, can be found at