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March 14, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
The pile of unread magazines and novels on her bedside table is Judge Betty Fletcher's only regret in letting retirement elude her. Fletcher, who turns 88 this month and relies on a walker to navigate airports and courthouse corridors, retired a dozen years ago yet still works full time, on what is known as senior status, for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She travels throughout the court's nine-state region for hearings and spends seven days a week poring over foot-high stacks of written filings.
August 18, 1999
Groundbreaking for a long-awaited county courthouse will take place Thursday morning, county officials have announced. The $59-million Municipal Court building was planned in the early 1990s, but fiscal woes ground the project to a halt. It will go up on a vacant nine-acre parcel at Winnetka Avenue and Plummer Street and is set to open in October 2001.
Orange County Congressman Christopher Cox said Wednesday that construction of a new federal courthouse in Santa Ana will proceed as planned, after a last-minute delay ordered by Clinton Administration budget watchers. The official announcement is expected to be made today in Washington by the General Services Administration. It removes the final obstacle to construction of the courthouse and clears the way for a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for July 15.
July 23, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
COALINGA, Calif. - Downtown is quiet in the baking summer heat, but this rural hamlet's only courthouse is humming with activity. A judge is calling the morning calendar, and the pace is brisk. Chained prison inmates in red and white jumpsuits fidget while awaiting their hearings. California Highway Patrol officers called to testify in traffic cases linger in the back. Prison guards stifle yawns and eye their charges. The small, modest courtroom is nearly full, noisy with the patter of the judge and lawyers dispatching cases amid the constant buzz of a metal detector at the door.
October 12, 1999
After more than a decade of fighting for additional space, court officials in south Orange County are on the threshold of getting approval for a new courthouse to replace their severely cramped quarters. The county's Board of Supervisors at its Oct. 19 meeting is expected to approve a plan to build a new structure next to the existing Laguna Niguel facility off Crown Valley Parkway. "It's a 'Legoland' courthouse--one that could be expanded as time goes by," said Supervisor Thomas W. Wilson.
January 26, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
San Diego County officials are notifying about 450 people that their personal information may have been stolen during the theft of more than $60,000 in cash, checks and credit card receipts from the courthouse here. The Sheriff's Department is searching for David Macias, 48, a longtime court employee who officials said had access to the area where the stolen items were stored. The cash, checks and credit card receipts come from traffic fines paid last week.
November 4, 1992 | AMY PYLE
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors found Tuesday that the proposed expansion of the 1950s-era Burbank Municipal Court would have no negative effect on the environment. The unanimous decision means that the project will not have to undergo a lengthy environmental impact report before it can be considered by the board.
January 10, 2001
A water valve burst Tuesday on the roof of the downtown Criminal Courts Building, causing water damage to at least four floors and forcing dozens of courthouse employees to leave early. The presence of asbestos in the courthouse was complicating the cleanup process, said Los Angeles Fire Capt. Fred Lopez. A loud bang rang through the upper floors of the courthouse when the valve burst about 3:17 p.m. Within minutes, water began seeping into several offices.
September 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Tulare County officials have closed sections of the courthouse here after a type of toxic mold was found last month. Officials discovered high levels of stachybotrys in the attic and in the third floor hallway. The affected areas, including a courtroom, judge's chambers, clerk and court reporter offices, and a jury room, will be closed for cleaning and testing until at least Sept. 29, officials said.
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