From Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Award winning KXTV ABC 10 News investigative reporter Thom Jensen:
"Between September 2012 and January 2013 four California Highway Patrol officers received paychecks for traveling to destinations in Hawaii and Puerto Rico and enjoying accommodations at exclusive resorts.
That could raise the dander of many taxpaying Californians, but consider this before you fault the CHP for wasting public money: it had to send the officers to those exotic locations.
It's the law.
The officers were providing protective services to California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. Under California Vehicle Code Section 2400 (i) states that, "upon request of the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, the (CHP) commissioner may provide appropriate protective services to any current or former member of the State Court of Appeal or the California Supreme Court."
Since 2009, taxpayers have paid a total of more than $4 million each year for that protection. Cantil-Sakauye is among those requesting the service, and she used it on trips to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Pebble Beach and Monterey. On each trip, she was accompanied by at least one member of the CHP's Judicial Protection Section.
In January, the Chief Justice criticized the governor's budget and said an additional $266 million was needed to keep state courts operating without further deep cuts in service and courthouse shutdowns.
Critics of the service said that the Chief Justice also is known to use her CHP bodyguard and a CHP car to take frequent trips between her Sacramento home and the California Supreme Court in San Francisco..."Related Links: