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    Thumbs down California's $26 Billion Debt, Doesn't Stop Them From Spending $6.5 Billion on New Courts

    The propaganda is absurd, but like they say, go to California on Vacation and come back on Probation. The POLICE STATE of California, continues to grow the system and debt under the Keynesian name of jobs. How do you feel about bailing-out California and it Billions blown on debt spending for itself?


    California to Spend $6.5 Billion on Court system Upgrade

    http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/22/357...acramento.html

    It's one of the largest infrastructure programs in California, consisting of more than 50 projects with an estimated cost of about $6.5 billion.

    Court officials say the projects will generate 134,000 construction jobs.

    County courthouses across Sacramento regions targeted for replacement

    By Hudson Sangree
    hsangree@sacbee.com
    Published: Friday, Apr. 22, 2011 - 12:00 am

    On weekdays in Woodland, sheriff's deputies chain inmates together and walk them from a holding tank across a city street to the Yolo County Courthouse.
    The deputies order people in the hallways to stand aside as the inmates shuffle past.
    The stately Yolo courthouse, a neoclassical structure on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1917. It lacks adequate holding cells or separate hallways for inmates.
    A similar situation occurs at Placerville's century-old Main Street courthouse. After jurors recommended a death sentence for convicted cop killer David Zanon last year, deputies had to lead the defendant past the jury room, through onlookers and down the only elevator at the El Dorado County Courthouse.
    Both courthouses are grand examples of early 20th century civic architecture. But they are ill-equipped for modern security needs or the crush of cases filling the courts, officials say.
    Along with more than a dozen other courthouses in the greater Sacramento region, they are slated for replacement under a multibillion-dollar program to build a new generation of courthouses across the state.

    It's one of the largest infrastructure programs in California, consisting of more than 50 projects with an estimated cost of about $6.5 billion.
    Court officials say the projects will generate 134,000 construction jobs.

    The effort is largely financed by increased court fees and fines authorized by state legislation in recent years.
    The courthouses being planned will replace many of the historic and architecturally distinct structures erected by counties in the last century. They're meant to serve the state's justice system for the next hundred years.
    "This is a historic time in the state of California," said Lee Willoughby, head of the courthouse construction program for the Administrative Office of the Courts. The courthouses, he said, are planned to be "timeless and inspiring."
    In the Sacramento Valley, the foothills and the Sierra Nevada, there are 15 projects under way, which together will create about 33,000 jobs, Willoughby said. Their estimated cost is about $1.5 billion, he said.
    Counties slated to receive new courthouses include: Alpine, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter and Yolo.
    Some, such as Sacramento, Yolo and El Dorado counties, are in the early stages of site selection and acquisition.
    A state advisory panel recently named Sacramento's downtown railyard as its preferred site to build a new criminal courthouse.
    In Yolo, a vacant downtown site has been identified where a 14-room courthouse will be built, replacing the historic eight-room courthouse and other scattered court facilities.
    Other projects, further along in the planning stages, are detailed in architects' drawings.
    Renderings of a courthouse planned in the Calaveras County seat of San Andreas show a sleek glass-and-steel structure replacing a Cold War-era building.
    In the Lassen County seat of Susanville, a stately courthouse with an entrance framed by white pillars is under construction. It will replace the county's historic courthouse.
    The big push to improve court facilities began with the state's takeover of county court buildings, which was completed in 2009. Structures deemed substandard were slated for replacement.
    Many of the old courthouses will eventually be returned to the counties.
    Many local officials have embraced the new courthouse projects, but there are also critics.
    In some counties, including El Dorado, there's been squabbling about where best to build a new courthouse: downtown Placerville or near the county's population center in El Dorado Hills?
    Some locals complain about not having enough input. And there are judges who disagree with the state going on a construction spree even as it keeps cutting trial-court budgets.
    "Does it make any sense to start building courthouses if we can't keep the old ones open?" said Sacramento Superior Court Judge Maryanne Gilliard, director of the Alliance of California Judges.
    The opposition group has accused the Administrative Office of the Courts of excessive spending on staff, facility upkeep and on the California Court Case Management System, a massive project to link all state courts on one computer system.
    Funding the construction projects remains an issue. Increases in fines and fees have raised more than $300 million a year, court officials said.
    But for the next fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed a $200 million cut to state trial court funding.
    Part of the proposed cut could be made up by taking money from courthouse construction funds, as has happened in prior years, court officials said. But that won't keep the projects from moving forward on schedule, they said.

    "Everyone from the chief justice to the governor says, 'Don't slow down or stop any of these projects,' " Willoughby said. "People come up to me and say, 'This is the stimulus program.' "

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    Didn't California also recently complete a $1 billion high school?

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    If they just pay the people working on all that a days wage and tell them to go home after 4 hours then they could hire twice as many people. It could create and or save 2 times the jobs!

    California is the worst place on earth. I seen how they dismantled Oregon. I feel that I will always hate california and the people from california. They always mover out of california because of how ass backwards it is and then instantly take over county and city governments in an attempt to make this new land just like the one they came from. as if the stupid ideas will work in the new geographical location.

    Californians are so horrible. They move up into the mountains cut all the trees down in the yard they moved to. bulldozer the nice little cottage and build a southern beach front stile house in the middle of a forest. I wish they would all just stay in wonderful california and sleep in the bed they made. But im willing to bet we will bail them out.

    How could we not. How could we last without the quality movies of hollywood? Hardly one movie is even worth watching a year. IF THAT.

    If we bail out california im moving to mars!

    When this is all over and this movement has control over the us we should give california to china to pay off the debt. 2 birds, 1 stone baby.
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    This is a very good point. Californians bought many of the homes in the Las Vegas and Reno metro areas and turned Clark/Washoe counties into bastions of big government Socialism/Liberalism nonsense and ruin the areas and leftist voter cancer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Carehn View Post
    If they just pay the people working on all that a days wage and tell them to go home after 4 hours then they could hire twice as many people. It could create and or save 2 times the jobs!

    California is the worst place on earth. I seen how they dismantled Oregon. I feel that I will always hate California and the people from California. They always move out of California because of how ass backwards it is and then instantly take over county and city governments in an attempt to make this new land just like the one they came from. as if the stupid ideas will work in the new geographical location.

    Californians are so horrible. They move up into the mountains cut all the trees down in the yard they moved to. bulldozer the nice little cottage and build a southern beach front stile house in the middle of a forest. I wish they would all just stay in wonderful California and sleep in the bed they made. But im willing to bet we will bail them out.

    How could we not. How could we last without the quality movies of Hollywood? Hardly one movie is even worth watching a year. IF THAT.

    If we bail out California im moving to mars!

    When this is all over and this movement has control over the us we should give california to china to pay off the debt. 2 birds, 1 stone baby.
    The American Dream, Wake Up People, This is our country! <===click

    "All eyes are opened, or opening to the rights of man, let the annual return of this day(July 4th), forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them."
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