So it begins…
State to shut down first and third Fridays each month
By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Friday, Jan. 09, 2009
California will close most state offices on the first and third Fridays each month starting in February, padlocking DMV outlets and other services while reducing state worker pay to help survive a massive budget problem, according to a state Department of Personnel Administration memo.
Only offices deemed critical, such as state hospitals and prisons, will remain open under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s twice monthly furlough plan. Employees at those state operations will still be required to take two days off each month at different times. State parks generate revenue and will not close, but employees will have to take two days off each month, said Lynelle Jolley, spokeswoman for DPA.