LOS ANGELES (AP) — The downtown Los Angeles courthouse where Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan were tried is getting a $244-million makeover after standing vacant for years.

Los Angeles County supervisors on Wednesday approved renovations for the county Hall of Justice. The massive Beaux-Arts structure will be converted into a new sheriff’s headquarters and law-enforcement office building.

The 14-story granite building was vacated after it was badly damaged by the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

County spokeswoman Judy Hammond says officials hope to complete the renovations by June 2012.

They’ll be financed through a bond issue partially subsidized by federal stimulus funding.

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Comments (22)
  1. John says:

    I was laid off by the city because they “have no money”

    1. Nick says:

      Yep, its a total hypocrisy. Same goes with wars. There’s ALWAYS money for wars and military no matter how badly we suffer.

  2. Mo D says:

    Geez what a lot of money. Our schools could better benefit from that money! Or build a new cheaper building. What a waste of our money.

    1. mister S says:

      Remember that half billion dollar school they just opened. Even if his money went to schools instead they would just misspend it on murals, shiny infrared gadgets and other non necessary to education money pits.

  3. CA is cooked says:

    Pork spenders build a bigger pig house and again they waste money. While school days are being cut because of money they are hiring pigs and building bigger facilities. If we taught our kids better we wouldn’t need so many pigs. I wonder how many state parks will close this year?

    1. Doug says:

      Spoken like a true criminal! Thank you convict for your input.

  4. Pete says:

    Geez, $244 million for the Hall of Justice. IIRC, it’t been unoccupied since the ’71 Sylmar quake. It should have been torn down years ago, when we had the money.

    1. JJ says:

      Ever been inside
      Beautiful! 30s style
      Wood and Granite

  5. lance says:

    you could build 10 new ones for that amount.

  6. dan says:

    give it to the homeless and spotted owl

  7. 26stspeedtrap says:

    People don’t start crying now. We had our elections yesterday. The good people of california voted to restrict us even more. Please save you tears.

  8. Tom Noble says:

    More than once cons in the top floor lockup tied sheets together and slid down and… gone. The elevators don’t have inside safety doors, a code violation (the sheriff can break the law?). A little more conscientious management is all that is needed. Save us some money.

    1. Walter Y says:

      That’s not true…that happened at the new federal detention center on 1st and alameda
      The inmates on the top floor of HOJ would drop a “fishing line” down to the street and someone would tie a “baggie” of weed to pull up
      The elevators had operators, one whom I knew, was killed when her hand slipped on the control lever, decapited her
      Manson escaped for a few hours hiding in the utility tunnels that go to the hall of records
      Several people have Suicide jumped after court

  9. oprchick says:

    First, it was shuttered after the Northridge earthquake and two: you all need to understand BONDS and how they are used before you start whining about money and how better it can be used. If you want to whine about lack of funds for schools, jump down LAUSD and how they built a brand new building for the admin and still lag YEARS behind upgrading schools; they had a perfectly fine buildings for the gluttons that run LAUSD. Or follow through on how LAUSD completely goes around EIRs and then builds schools on contaminated grounds.

  10. Grant says:

    Hopefully the same contractors that did the City Hall are not involved! Leaky roofs and over budget that we had to suck up!

  11. JJ says:

    Gee all this money appears
    Grand Ave Eli Broad redevelopment and
    No money for child care?

  12. Char says:

    This is riduculous. Our economy is broke & this is how we are WASTING the federal stimulus (yes, us the taxpayers) money.

  13. Tony says:

    Great! More congestion downtown! Just what the city needs! And whats the problem with the current offices in Monterey Park?? The sheriff has to drive to see the Board members?? Telecommute! Save the tax payers money!!!!!

  14. Nick says:

    How about selling the building instead?
    Why does the Police need a 240 million $ building???

    In my city, Manhattan Beach, the cops have the NICEST BUILDING in the most EXPENSIVE AREA too!!

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