I have a very high opinion of the people who lead the California Courts, starting with Hon. Ronald M. George, Chief Justice of California Supreme Court and William C. Vickrey, the Administrative Director of the Courts. I was privileged from 2000 through 2005 to be a Court staff member and saw from the inside many thoughtful and conscientious public servants.
The North Bay has become aware of the Court construction process on 02/06/2010 by new announcements. I pulled together a few links as reference.
I would encourage anyone who would like, to contact the leaders of the local court and the state office to respectfully share a perspective. I believe that it will be graciously received and sincerely considered. See these websites for information.
Lake: Judge Richard C. Martin is the Presiding Judge Court Executive Officer:Mary E. Smith
Mendocino: Judge Cindee Mayfield is the Presiding Judge for calendar year 2009. The Court Executive Officer is Benjamin Stough.
Sonoma: Judge Gary Nadler is the Presiding Judge Executive Officer: José Octavio Guillén
The California Superior Court has developed a useful and informative process for moving forward. Their current plans are here. The facilities component can be found on page 48 of “The Operational Plan for California’s Judicial Branch, 2008–2011.” The Office of Court Construction and Management can be found here.
Here is the process that Sonoma, Mendocino & Lake Counties are going through.
I have this picture on my office wall.