On my trip to the DMV today, I saw an empty parking lot except for a large TV news van. I thought to myself, "crap, not another shooting." It is Oakland after all. I then spotted a security guard so drove up to speak with her.
Apparently the California furlough program (temporary lay-offs), that forces 238,000 state employees to take two Fridays off each month without pay through the summer, started today. When I asked if the DMV would be open Saturday, the security officer said, "No, that's over time. We don't get that anymore." She added, "The worst part was people were trying to get certifications for potential employment and since the DMV was close, they fell out of luck."
Oh, I don't know, I'm guessing it's also bad for poorly paid state workers who already suffer trying to make ends meet in this sucky economy, now also have to take a 9.2% pay cut. It doesn't affect all employees-- public elected officials, public safety folks and others are exempt. I must say, the image the DMV baron on a Friday really got me to think we are that much closer to a depression.