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Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 12:00 am

Although San Joaquin County Superior Court officials decided to consolidate services to the main downtown Stockton courthouse, questions remain about a lease the court has with the city of Lodi for use of the Elm Street court building.

The lease became an issue when David Warner, presiding judge of San Joaquin County Superior Court, decided to close the Lodi branch court.

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  • Mary Ragusa posted at 8:44 pm on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

    lilragu Posts: 21

    It does not make any sense...why does Warner say the Administrative Office in San Francisco should continue to pay? For nothing? What a blatant waste of money!!! As far as having to go to Stockton to court, they won't see me there. I just don't "do" downtown Stockton any more. The court building itself is not safe...they have old metal detectors and prisoners come from County Jail with shanks and stab the judges! I don't feel safe walking through an empty parking garage to get to the court house. When I last did jury duty in Lodi, there were two sheriffs at the metal detector every time someone went in or out the door. There was a heavy police presence through the entire trial. This was just for possession of marijuana (a large amount) and a pipe! In Stockton, there was one person in a guard uniform at the metal detector and one bailiff(sheriff) in the courtroom. It was a civil suit...but you just never know who is walking around that place! Keep the court open in Lodi. Our police officers can stay in town, our cases can remain here, we can get and renew passports here. How pathetic that Lodi cannot keep a court open!

  • Jerry Bransom posted at 6:43 pm on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 365

    Police, Sheriff, Highway Patrol, Border Patrol, Bart Police, Port Police, School District Police, College Police, Airport Police, BATF, DEA, Game Wardens, Department of Corrections, Federal Prisons, Lottery Police, US Marshals, ICE, Coast Guard, Customs, FBI, CIA, NSA, Secret Service, National Guard, TSA, DHS, dozens of others in the Armed Services and more. You cannot say them all in one breath.

    We are mostly a Police State. A slowly receding nation of laws. Divert funds from Police to political infrastructure (retirements & graft), restrict peoples access to the court. Sound familiar? Get used to it. It is your legacy.

  • Jose Sanborn posted at 10:25 am on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

    Jose Sanborn Posts: 37

    @Josh Morgan: You don't appear to be missing anything here. As far as I can tell, you are spot on with your observation.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 9:11 am on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 550

    What am I missing here? Rent will continue to be paid, there will be no savings for personnel and Judge Warner can't give the dollar amount that will be saved by closing the court. This just isn't making any sense to me. The move will cost everyone else more money....transferring of prisoners, the time for police officers to travel to and from Stockton let alone the costs for Lodi residents to travel to and from Stockton. I'm all for the downsizing of government but this is just transferring the burden from one location to another and creating all kinds of hardships on everyone else. Again, what am I missing?



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