Homeless campers were absent from the landings of downtown Sacramento’s Gordon Schaber Courthouse for the first time in months early Tuesday, but the rousting of 36 people by California Highway Patrol officers late Monday is only part of a remedy still being worked out to clear campers from the courthouse grounds, a Sacramento Superior Court spokeswoman said.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Maryanne Gilliard wants to fence off the plaza of the Sacramento County Courthouse and have California Highway Patrol officers guard it just to stop homeless people from camping there, leaving garbage and feces that take hours to clean.
(Subscription required) The mayor of Sacramento, Darrell Steinberg, has created a public-private task force in an attempt to raise tens of millions of dollars to construct the long-stalled county courthouse.
“I’m really proud I can represent my faith in this way. … I didn’t expect to be appointed to this position,” Mesiwala said in an interview days before her swearing-in ceremony in the chambers of Sacramento Superior Court Presiding Judge Kevin Culhane.
Sacramento Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg squeezed into a fourth-floor corridor of Sacramento County’s downtown courthouse with a gaggle of judges, bailiffs and court staff Tuesday morning before grabbing a seat atop a ventilation unit. A few feet away stood another group of county jail inmates headed to their court hearings.
(Subscription required) The Judicial Council has offered a $7.73 million contract to a prominent architectural firm to deliver preliminary design plans for a new downtown Sacramento County courthouse, despite the fact that the courts don't have the money to build it.