This time it’s the Pasadena-Star news throwing their two cents in on how the AOC’s appears to be mismanaging the way the judicial system in this state is run.
Last year the Legislature passed, and the governor approved, Senate Bill 1407. It created an income stream from new fees and fines to support courthouse construction and renovation.
The $5 billion revenue bonds for courthouse construction have yet to be sold, but the new fees and fines that started Jan. 1 of this year are accumulating at the rate of about $280 million a year.
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that if we’re on the brink of closing our existing courts, the thought of spending $5 billion on new courts teeters on insanity. And about $73 million of that was earmarked for L.A. County. That money should immediately be put to use to renovate and save what we already have.
The problem is an unregulated body called the Administrative Office of the Courts controls the money and refuses to budge. In fact, it gave funding authorization this week for a new courthouse in Glendale. That logic escapes us.
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