Save Our Coast Court
OUR DEMOCRACY CANNOT FUNCTION WITHOUT ADEQUATELY FUNDED COURTS
Funds for the judicial system in California have been reduced to the point where our local trial courts cannot properly serve the public. The Governor’s proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2013 lowers even further the amount for our California court system. As now planned, the new state budget only allocates one penny out of every dollar in the State General Fund to the judicial branch, reducing funding over the past five years by $535 million dollars. With these proposed additional reductions, the State General Fund will contribute only 20% of the total funding of all the trial courts statewide.
The cuts in funding have hit Mendocino County hard to the point where last October the eight county judges announced the effective closing of the Fort Bragg branch of the superior court. Fortunately the united and active public response, which included the Fort Bragg City Council, police, sheriff, District Attorney and other public agencies, convinced our judges to rescind their proposed closing of the court. (See articles below.)
However, our judges have been informed that Mendocino County’s court system will face cuts in funding from the State General Fund after July 1st resulting in a $260,000 shortfall. This reduced funding could again place the continuation of our Fort Bragg court, which serves the third of Mendocino County’s population that lives on the coast, in grave danger.
We need a strong message to Governor Brown and North Coast legislators Wes Chesbro and Noreen Evans that funding for our state courts should not be further reduced.
Please take the time to sign and forward the email below. Please add your personal note. We need as much public support as we can gather, so also contact local elected officials as well as spread this message to your friends and neighbors. Only a strong public outcry will secure this necessary funding. Thank you for joining us in this vital effort.
Steve Antler, Barbara Kalina, Jim Luther, Patrick Pekin, Carter Sears
on behalf of Save Our Coast Court
The initial closing of the Coast Court was rescinded due to community action. The court is now threatened by cuts on the state level.
- “Judges reverse decision on cutting Coast court services” from the Fort Bragg Advocate-News December 6, 2012
- Letters and editorials in the Fort Bragg Advocate-News, November 21, 2012
- District Attorney and Law Enforcement Chiefs Strongly Oppose Cuts to the Fort Bragg Court
- Fort Bragg City Council’s letter opposing the cuts
- Notice from Ukiah Court Slashing the Fort Bragg Court’s Budget
- “Superior Court Decides not to Reduce Services in Ft. Bragg”
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