Department Of Justice Agents Face Layoffs

Agents Protected Gov. Brown When Targeted By Mexican Cartel

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A number of agents with the department that protected Governor Jerry Brown when he was targeted by a Mexican drug cartel are facing hundreds of layoffs.

Sources told CBS13 that Brown received about three months of around-the-clock protection during his crackdown on marijuana growing operations as Attorney General a year ago. One of the drug cartels put out a hit on Brown as retaliation, and agents from the Department of Justice were called on to keep him safe.

DoJ agents have also played key roles in numerous high profile local cases, including the arrest of Scott Peterson and the search for Sandra Cantu and the investigation into her death.

“So much of what we do is kept out of the public eye, and it’s not by accident,” said Mike Loyd, president of the Association of Special Agents for the Department of Justice (ASA-DOJ).

The ASA-DOJ is asking Brown to allow Attorney General Kamala Harris to have discretion in how she makes budget cuts to her department. Harris sent a letter Wednesday, saying “restoration of this funding is their number one priority,” and then warns that “this week, DoJ will issue ‘option letters’ to over 250 employees that will identify employment choices.”

About half of the special agents could face layoffs if cuts proceed as planned.

Loyd said he met with Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg, who said Governor Brown wanted cuts specifically aimed at agents.

“I’m hoping they give the AG spending authority to avoid the cuts. That’s what we’re hoping for,” Loyd said.

ASA-DOJ leaders supported Republican candidate Meg Whitman during the 2010 elections, but the California Department of Finance said any claims the cuts are politically based are baseless.

  • John1520

    Very nice site!

  • James Andrews

    The group that back Brown’s opposition now face elimination of their jobs as specifically targeted by the Governor. No reason to think this is political payback???? Are you kidding me?

    • SStromlund

      Agree, evidently they think the public is stupid.

  • Jill

    Very poor priorities for cutting the budget. In this economy, with so much crime and so many people out of work, cutting back on the publics’ general safety seems foolish. It does appear to be specifically targeted. There are lots of other areas to cut waste in the budget.

  • jay

    I do not remember reading or hearing about Gov Brown being on the Mexican drug cartels hit list. if they know who cartel criminals are why arent they in prison and they must know who the criminals are if in fact they were protecting Brown around the clock because of them. This administration does not care if SSI recipients go hungry for one week a month due to their cuts so they won’t mind laying off more employees

  • judge judy

    Revenge will come back to bite ya in the butt sooner or later, revenge sucks, revenge starts wars.

  • 137er

    Let’s hear it straight from the Governor’s mouth. It’s personal and vindictive. He got his feelings hurt now he’s going to destroy 172 families and careers. Good job governor. It’s as simple of saying yes AG you can use your own money to pay your agents.

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