California’s court leaders expressed alarm Wednesday over a new study that showed more than 100 courthouses in the state — including many in Los Angeles County — could collapse and cause “substantial” loss of life in a major earthquake.
Cracks in the interior walls of this storage area of the Glenn County courthouse demonstrate the need for seismic strengthening. The building also needs improvements to its mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
An attorney at this Mendocino County courthouse must use the stairs to get to the 4th floor. The building has severe functional deficiencies and problems with access under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
An earthquake created cracks in the Napa County courthouse's exterior walls that reach all the way to the ground. The left corner of the roof wall collapsed and other sections of the roof threatened to cave in.
A ceiling leak at this courthouse in Riverside County threatens court files. The building also suffers from critical security concerns, including substandard screening equipment and a non-secure room used for holding incustody defendants.
Inmates cross the street from the jail to this Santa Barbara County courthouse because it lacks a sallyport or other secure way to get them to their court proceeding. A tour bus bringing visitors to see this historic building gives them a front row seat for this daily procession.
The beams holding up a section of the roof at the Los Angeles County mental health courthouse buckled so much that the buidling was declared unsafe to occupy and court services in that location were shut down.