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SAN JOSE — Santa Clara’s district attorney and public defender, once fearing more than 30 lawyer layoffs, may have dodged attorney pink slips. Under a budget hashed out Wednesday by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, no prosecutors will lose their jobs, and probably no defenders will either. District Attorney George Kennedy received a last-minute infusion of $900,000 in state and federal funding. The DA also decided not to fill an assistant DA position when a supervisor retires this year, meaning no lawyers will be shown the door. “We will have attrition as people naturally leave the office. Those positions will be ended,” said Chief Assistant DA Paula Kuty, explaining how the office will meet budget goals without layoffs. When the Board of Supervisors asked the DA’s office to shave $8 million, or 13.5 percent, of its budget in the spring, Kennedy stood to lose as many as eight deputies. “I am really pleased the board has maintained the service level,” said Deputy DA James Shore, who is also president of the attorneys’ union, the Government Attorneys Association. “The public will be happy that public safety took minimal hits to the budget.” Public Defender Jose Villarreal may also have dodged layoffs with the board’s approval of $246,000 in one-time funding. Chief Assistant PD David Mann said some attorneys will be reclassified, but most, if not all, will remain employed. The PD was asked to cut $4.5 million from its budget, according to county documents. Mann estimated as many as 24 attorney layoffs last spring. So far, most of the county’s legal offices have avoided layoffs without making pay concessions. Unions representing other county workers have agreed to postpone scheduled raises in order to save jobs. Shore said he’s in talks with the county about possible pay concessions, but no deal has been struck. The Government Attorneys Association, which represents deputy DAs and PDs, negotiated a 15.5 percent raise last year, and attorneys stand to receive another 15.5 percent raise this year, depending on a salary survey aimed at seeing if they’re earning below-market wages.

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