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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1994
I find it interesting that Orange is so upset about a Theo Lacy (jail) expansion. Maybe we should put it on the spring, 1995 ballot. That way all of the citizens of Orange County can have a say in an issue that involves our future. I think other cities need to experience the lack of control over their community that those of us in the South County have been feeling since last summer. JANET NIBLICK Laguna Hills
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April 13, 2008 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
Fearful that their area might be getting more criminals from throughout Los Angeles County, some residents of the Antelope Valley voiced concerns Saturday over a proposal to expand Lancaster's Mira Loma Detention Center complex. "We're tired of being a dumping ground, and that's what we're being used for," Fred Sellas, a 15-year resident of Palmdale, said at a town hall meeting inside Palmdale's City Council Chambers. "Just because we got a lot of space, a lot of dirt up here . . .
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1987
Well, they're at it again. The Orange County Board of Supervisors is going into a huddle to consider the building of a prison in this beautiful, historic, rural area with elegant, costly homes sprinkled throughout the valley. The idea is out of the question. The board must consider other suggested alternatives, such as expanding the existing James A. Musick Facility, which the county Planning Commission approved, or the proposed site near the stadium in Anaheim. These two previously proposed areas are close to needed medical services in Orange as well as courtrooms in Santa Ana. JOANNE V. GLEASON San Juan Capistrano
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2008 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
Orange County supervisors voted Tuesday to seek $100 million for a long-stalled jail expansion despite long-standing opposition to the project -- and created new adversaries in the process. County officials have been trying to expand James A. Musick Branch Jail outside Irvine for more than a decade but have been hamstrung by court challenges and funding shortfalls, even as a swelling inmate population left the jails chronically overcrowded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1996
I had no idea the sheriff's office was such a political position. How else would you explain Sheriff Brad Gates' selective use of data and intentional misrepresentations in his Oct. 6 letter? Gates points out that of the 882 criminals committing new crimes after they were released early because of jail overcrowding, 25 committed crimes in Lake Forest and Irvine. What Gates does not mention is how many of those 882 criminals committed crimes in the proximity of the location where they were released.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1998 | FRANK MESSINA
A couple of months into 1998, the city should have an answer from the courts on one of its most controversial issues in years: the proposed James A. Musick Jail expansion. Possibly as early as this month, a final ruling will come from Orange County Superior Court detailing how to resolve the dispute between the county, Lake Forest and Irvine. Last year, the two cities challenged a county environmental report on a proposal to expand the minimum-security jail from 1,000 to 7,000 beds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1992 | JOSH MEYER
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved expansion of the jail at the Antelope Valley court facility, but refused to fund the project, saying it wants to assess the cost of such an expansion once details of the state budget are available. The expansion of the lockup facility, which holds jailed defendants awaiting court appearances, is expected to cost between $500,000 and $540,000, according to deputies to Supervisor Mike Antonovich.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Board of Supervisors today will discuss whether to move forward with planning for the possible expansion of a South County jail, but officials from adjacent communities want the vote delayed until they can better understand the proposal. Some board members have already expressed support for ordering an environmental impact report on the project, which involves converting the minimum-security James A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1988 | PENELOPE McMILLAN and VICTOR MERINA, Times Staff Writers
A proposal to add 2,400 beds to the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles, the cornerstone of efforts to alleviate severe overcrowding, is meeting with neighborhood opposition in Chinatown and East Los Angeles. The project is one of the final steps in a planned expansion of the Los Angeles County jail system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2006 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona has pushed forward with plans for an Irvine jail expansion that would ultimately more than triple the number of inmates at the facility, a project that has drawn fierce opposition from neighboring cities, despite the need to alleviate overcrowding. It remains unclear how the $250-million project would be funded since the county has not budgeted funds for construction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Board of Supervisors, in a step toward adding 896 beds to the county's new jail in Adelanto, unanimously approved $4.6 million for the project's design Tuesday. County officials said the $86-million expansion, which would add booking, holding and medical screening areas to the jail, could be completed in five years. The project is intended to ease a space crunch at the county's four jails, which hold about 5,900 inmates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2006 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and budget officials unveiled six proposals Tuesday for building and funding new jail facilities to reduce deadly violence due to overcrowding and to eliminate the early release of thousands of inmates. The proposals range from a $252-million plan to add about 2,000 beds for low-risk women to a $1-billion project that would add more than 2,000 high-security beds for men.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irvine and Lake Forest officials Wednesday rejected county Supervisor Cynthia P. Coad's final offer on a compromise limiting the planned expansion of the James A. Musick Branch Jail and called for the creation of a jail system advisory committee instead. "I believe that both Lake Forest and Irvine let an opportunity pass them by," a disappointed Coad said after the meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2001
A recent state Supreme Court ruling backing the county makes it official: Irvine and Lake Forest must find a way to make peace with the Hall of Administration on the James A. Musick Branch Jail expansion. The continuing prospect that the number of beds will be expanded substantially has sent a chill wind northward from South County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2001 | JACK LEONARD and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ending nearly a decade of legal challenges, the California Supreme Court has rejected a last-ditch appeal by South County cities trying to block a massive expansion of the James A. Musick Branch Jail between Irvine and Lake Forest. The county wants to add space for up to 6,712 more beds at the jail, which now accommodates 1,256 inmates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2001 | Deniene Husted, (714) 966-5908
Councilman Chris Mears said Wednesday that he is encouraged by recent efforts to find a remote jail site where all of the county's maximum-security prisoners could be held. Mears has been meeting with representatives of the county and the Irvine Co. about possibly building a jail on land owned by the development firm north of Irvine and east of Orange.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County supervisors formally withdrew an offer Thursday to scale back plans for expanding James A. Musick Branch Jail in exchange for two cities dropping their lawsuits against it. The county wants to build as many as 7,968 beds for inmates at the onetime honor farm, which now houses 1,256 inmates. The county's environmental review of the project was challenged by Irvine and Lake Forest; an appellate court last month ruled that the review was appropriate.
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