They say politics make for strange bedfellows. Still, it was quite interesting to read an opinion piece printed in the Capitol Weekly in which the authors of the piece voiced their opposition to any plan to redirect court construction funds away from building new courts and back into the budgets of courts facing severe budget deficits. What really made the piece interesting was that the authors were Judge Mary Ann O’Malley, presiding judge of Contra Costa County, and Bob Balgenorth who is listed as “president of the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California, which represents about 800,000 construction workers.”
If anyone thought naively that the fight over court construction funds was going to be a simple affair, they need only look at this article as a taste of what’s to come. The fight ahead is going to be incredibly emotional for both sides it has the possibility of turning into an ugly mud fight turning allies into enemies.