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August 18, 1995 | DOUGLAS ALGER
Given a chance to chat informally with their elected officials, about 60 San Fernando residents spent an evening airing their concerns about the city--from abandoned dirt piles to why the quake-damaged San Fernando Courthouse is taking so long to repair. One woman complained to the public works director that city workers had left dirt in her yard and driveway. Another told the mayor about a park restroom that lacked running water and toilet paper.
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May 10, 2002 | MANUEL GAMIZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A day in court used to be difficult for Veronica Lemus. It meant remembering the shooting death of her sister, comforting her mother whenever she cried and watching as her sister's killer sat in the San Fernando courthouse with a smirk on his face. Fifteen years ago, the courthouse was her weakness, but it later became her strength.
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July 14, 1989 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, Times Staff Writer
An end to crowding is in sight for the San Fernando Courthouse's arraignment court, which recently was cited as a fire hazard because too many people were crammed into the small room. A courtroom renovation and expansion project underway at the old courthouse will create two new municipal courts with their own courtrooms.
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February 8, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three men have been charged with throwing a burning cross onto the driveway of an interracial couple in Shadow Hills in an attempt to frighten them into moving, authorities said Monday. Christopher Fraley, 19, of Encino, Daniel Claxton, 21, of Glendale and Justin Berkowitz, 18, of Arleta were arraigned Monday on one felony charge each of burning a cross with the intent to terrorize, punishable by a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, LAPD Police Lt. Rick Papke said. The men were caught after they allegedly told others about the deed, and police were tipped.
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December 19, 1995 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Overcoming a significant hurdle in the long-delayed effort to fix the quake-damaged San Fernando Courthouse, Los Angeles County and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have agreed that FEMA will pay for some of the repair costs, officials said Monday.
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September 12, 1988 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Times Staff Writer
The convicted burglar stood in San Fernando Superior Court Judge Meredith Taylor's courtroom, surveying its throw rug, several potted plants, flowers and half a dozen landscape and travel posters. Taylor greeted the man by name, told him it was nice to see him again and, recalling a neck brace he had worn earlier, cordially inquired if he was feeling better. The startled convict answered in the affirmative.
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January 18, 1996 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Standing before the quake-damaged San Fernando Courthouse on the second anniversary of the Northridge earthquake, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky threatened to sue a group of insurance companies for refusing to help pay to fix the building. "Two years after the quake and we still have not reached an accord," Yaroslavsky said. "It is an outrage, an absolute outrage that they have stonewalled the county for two years."
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January 24, 1996 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to file a lawsuit against a consortium of insurance companies that have refused to pay to help repair the earthquake-damaged San Fernando Courthouse. The county has accused the insurance companies of failing to negotiate in good faith because the companies have balked at paying the county's $12.1-million damage claim on the building.
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October 11, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Prosecutors dropped their case Wednesday against a jail inmate who allegedly assaulted two Northridge college students accused of murdering a Pacoima pastor. Felony charges against Thaddeus K. Bonner, 36, were dismissed after a San Fernando Municipal judge ruled that Dana Singer, 18, and Philip J. Dimenno, 19, would not be required to testify against Bonner at a preliminary hearing.
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January 28, 1996
It was with some interest that I read the article by Timothy Williams, "Quake Repairs Run Headlong Into Stonewalls" (Jan. 18). Homeowners at Kingsbury Court Condominiums, Granada Hills, located in the middle of a ghost town, have had similar problems. Although ample insurance coverage was obtained by our homeowners association, the insurance company has avoided making appropriate payment for almost two years. Some homeowners have lost their homes and life savings as a result. Homeowners all over the Valley are having similar problems.
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September 18, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has agreed to take advantage of part of a $174-million budget surplus to build a new outpatient health care clinic in the San Fernando Valley. Officials envision the family center, to be built with $6.8 million from county surplus funds, handling 30,000 outpatient visits a year, bolstering overworked facilities in the Valley.
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January 16, 1998 | EVELYN LARRUBIA
After years of delays, repairs are officially complete at the once red-tagged San Fernando Courthouse, one of the many victims of the Northridge earthquake. In a rededication ceremony Thursday, politicians and court officials in dark suits rejoiced in the much anticipated homecoming. "It's been a long time coming, but it's better late than never," county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said. After the Jan.
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December 1, 1997 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After nearly four years of "double bunking" with their peers in Van Nuys, employees of the San Fernando courthouse probably feel a lot like visiting relatives who are forced to stay longer than they planned. Since they were moved because of damage wrought by the 1994 Northridge earthquake, workers have taken up residence in some unusual--and cramped--spaces in and around the Van Nuys Government Center. Now, with $17.
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December 23, 1996 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The district attorney's election might have been fiercely fought between a prosecutor from Norwalk and a downtown incumbent, but the fallout seems to be landing most heavily at the Van Nuys courthouse. On Friday, jittery prosecutors gossiped in the hallways and at holiday gatherings about the transfers of the two head deputy district attorneys who have shared a single roof since the Northridge earthquake. Both were supporters of Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti's opponent, John Lynch.
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November 19, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Construction to repair the county courthouse in San Fernando began Monday--nearly three years after the Northridge earthquake and four months after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors settled a bitter lawsuit with insurers who claimed that damage estimates were too high. "Obviously, we're very gratified and pleased that this is underway," said Joel Bellman, a spokesman for Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. "It's long overdue." The project is expected to be completed in May.
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July 21, 1996
Re "Justice Served at Courthouse," July 7. It is no surprise Los Angeles County was required to sue its insurers to obtain payment for losses suffered (in the Northridge earthquake) to the San Fernando Courthouse. The largest area of insurance fraud is the fraud perpetrated by insurance companies in refusing to pay claims which they know are legitimate. If an entity as powerful as Los Angeles County has to resort to litigation, what chance does the average person have against the insurers that hold the checkbook?
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May 23, 1989
A veteran Los Angeles County prosecutor has been suspended amid charges of deliberate misconduct in an attempt to gain a tactical advantage in a 1988 robbery trial. Rosalie Morton, a deputy district attorney in the San Fernando Courthouse, was suspended with pay based on a preliminary review of the case by U.S. Magistrate Volney Brown, said Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Gregory Thompson. The allegations stem from a robbery trial in which Morton, 66, introduced evidence in her opening statement to the jury that the judge had ruled inadmissible.
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July 3, 1996
The county Board of Supervisors approved a settlement with a group of insurance companies Tuesday that will provide $17 million to repair the quake-damaged San Fernando Courthouse, aiming to put it back into operation by next March. The county's settlement with four insurance carriers resolves the largest portion of a two-year dispute over the extent of the damage to the courthouse--and whether the damage was actually caused by the Northridge earthquake of January 1994.
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July 3, 1996 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday endorsed a settlement with a group of insurance companies that will provide $17 million to repair the quake-damaged San Fernando Courthouse, aiming to put it back into operation by March of next year.
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