Soble is widely characterized as a simple “judge,” with the implication that he is an objective member of the judicial branch of government.
In fact, he is an “administrative law judge” – with the formal title “Hearing Officer I,” for California’s executive branch of government, as an employee of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. He reports directly to the ALRB executive secretary. Prior to working for the ALRB, Soble was a politician.
So when he ruled to destroy the farmworkers’ ballots to de-certify the United Farm workers, Soble was really ruling in favor of his own employer.
Judge Mark R. Soble