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To work at the Capitol, applicants must pass a test demonstrating that they meet the job qualifications – even if they already work for the state.

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    California Republicans are hoping their homegrown rising star can boost the party’s fortunes as the election approaches. The California Republican Party on Tuesday announced that Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield will headline its September convention in Los Angeles. McCarthy, elected to Congress in 2006 after a short stint in the Legislature, ascended to House majority leader this June and could be the GOP’s next House speaker. Republicans are trying to recapture four seats they lost in California in 2012.

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The Buzz: California sticks with tougher stance on employee transfers

Published: Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014 - 10:51 pm

Personnel Board stands

firm on qualifications

Despite heavy lobbying from departments and unions, California’s personnel panel has stood its ground: If you’re applying for a state job, you have to meet the minimum qualifications – even if you’re already a state worker.

The State Personnel Board has issued guidelines for applying its ruling in a case that found the California Public Utilities Commission wrongly awarded a transfer without a test to an employee who lacked the experience and the education for the job.

The decision ended a common practice that allowed state employees to skip the minimum requirements for some jobs. They could, for example, move between similar positions without taking a civil service test if the pay difference between the two positions was less than 10 percent.

The board’s guidelines don’t soften the impact of its ruling, even though state employee advocacy groups, unions and several departments wanted it rescinded or significantly amended. Many state workers are single parents and some hold down more than one job, advocates for workers said, so taking college courses to meet job requirements would be a hardship.

– Jon Ortiz

Worth repeating

“I’m 5 foot 9. I feel 5’11.”

Darrell Steinberg, Senate leader on acting as California governor Tuesday while Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom are out of state.

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