Southern California — this just in

January 15, 2010 | 6:30 pm

A state appeals judge today granted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s request to block State Controller John Chiang from restoring full pay for prison guards.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch issued a decision last month ordering the state to restore full pay to members of the California Correctional Peace Officers Assn. Their salaries were reduced by three days a month, though many had to work those days because they could not be spared in the prisons.

Schwarzenegger appealed. His aides said the appeal automatically put Roesch’s order on hold until the issue was resolved. But Chiang this week informed the governor’s office that he would restore full pay to the prison guards for their work this month, arguing that Roesch’s order had to be implemented.

After a judge with the 1st District Court of Appeal ordered the controller to hold off pending resolution of the appeal, Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said the governor’s office is “pleased that the court stopped the controller from taking this illegal action.”

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