Judicial oversight committee makes recommendations because of potential loss of funds designated for court construction.
SAN FRANCISCO—The Court Facilities Working Group voted today to recommend that
four additional courthouse construction projects in Sacramento, Los Angeles,
Fresno, and Nevada City be delayed indefinitely if the Legislature directs that
court construction funds be used to finance the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach.
The recommendations—which Justice Hill hopes will go before the Judicial
Council in January 2013—include: a new criminal courthouse for downtown
Sacramento, a replacement for the overburdened courthouse in Huntington Park
for the Southeast Court District in Los Angeles, and renovation projects
planned for downtown courthouses in Fresno and Nevada City. The draft
recommendations include a special direction for the Sacramento project: a
recommendation that site acquisition proceed for that project, a $10 million
commitment to the developer of the Railyards that would allow the project to
proceed as planned when funding becomes available.
During the meeting, courts whose projects were slated for deferral gave
presentations and answered questions from the working group. Using the same
process that ultimately delayed seven projects last fall, the working group
will post the draft recommendations on
the California Courts website
for two weeks for public comment, then submit finalized recommendations to the
Judicial Council for review early next year.
Sacramento - New Sacramento Criminal Courthouse - Draft
Recommendations: Indefinitely delay, but move forward on site acquisition. http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/CFWG-121312.pdf