State looks at two Bishop sites for new court building

One site would locate new court behind Bishop City Hall.

One site would locate new court behind Bishop City Hall.

Last year, the State scratched Inyo County’s new and expensive court building project. Then they picked it up again but scaled it back. Now, apparently the State will go ahead with a $34 million building in Bishop. The State Public Works Board met last Friday to consider two properties in Bishop as possible sites for the new Courthouse.

Keby Boyer of Judicial Council Communications said that one site is owned by the Department of Water and Power at the northwest corner of MacIver and Spruce Streets. The other potential Bishop site is owned by the City of Bishop and sits between Fowler and Warren Streets behind City Hall.

A year ago, the State struggled with chronic budget problems but decided to spend money on new court buildings anyway. Inyo Court officials had told the Judicial Council that Inyo needs the new building because of security, overcrowding, lack of ADA accessible courtrooms, and the physical condition of the buildings.

Some three years ago, the plan was to place the new court building in Independence. Plans suddenly switched at one point. Southern Inyo citizens and others protested the switch and criticized the County for failure to maintain the historic courthouse.

The agenda of the State Public Works Board says the MacIver Street location would involve around 1.45 acres. The City of Bishop-owned site would be around the same size. The State would appropriate roughly $1.5 million on either site. The current estimated project cost adds up to over $26 million, and the State has authorized nearly $34 million.

The project schedule calls for escrow closure by next December, construction in January of 2017 and completion by the fall of 2018.



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19 Responses to State looks at two Bishop sites for new court building

  1. Mongo The Idiot November 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

    What will happen to the old court house?
    Are they going to kill Independence?
    Will they move the Museum and Slim Princess too?

  2. Mongo The Idiot November 11, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    What about the homeless dude who has slept outside for three consecutive winters in front of Subway, will they move him to Bishop also?

    I put signs all over my house that say “stop being so pessimistic” unfortunately I had to take them down because I am sure they won’t work.

  3. Parking? November 12, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    If they locate the new courthouse in Bishop behind City Hall, where will the high school kids park during the week and the church-goers on the weekends? There’s not enough street parking in that area for the residents already!

  4. Mongo The Idiot November 12, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    This thumbs up/thumbs down thing is lame, you are commenting without saying anything. Why not really comment and explain your feelings? This way we can engage in discussion that may change my thoughts on the subject. You can make up a name or whatever, I do not care who you are; I just want an opportunity to learn.

    • Russ Monroe November 12, 2013 at 10:15 am #

      Mongo, hope this info helps you; the “thumb counters” on this site have not work properly for a long time. The tabulations are not accurate.
      I appreciate the level of your sarcasm, but just in case your above post regarding “pessimism” signs is real….
      Try replacing those words with photos of people, places, or events that stimulate positive thoughts in your head. The million words, currently in use in English, are often mental traps, my mind’s eye is a more reliable access path to my brain. Might work for you too. Good luck!

      • Benett Kessler November 12, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

        Russ, What are the thumbs up and down functions not doing? I never deal with them but can ask our webmaster to deal with it.

        • Russ Monroe November 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

          A portion of the articles posted come on with the “Like or Dislike” icons already “dull” indicating that a given computer has previously voted and not allowing further voting. When the articles does allow a ‘vote’, the icon should turn to a green check and the number should rise. Often the green check appears but the number does not rise. Sometimes the number does rise and in that case the displayed count does go up and stay up. I have gone to other computers on other networks using all three major browsers and not been able to see a single vote registered.

          • Benett Kessler November 12, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

            Strange. I just tried it, and it did register. Will look further.

      • Tom K. November 12, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

        If you’re a customer for internet service, you may not be able to vote because another customer with your IP address has already voted. All of these customers share the same IP address, and the comment software is using that address to identify voters and not allow them to vote more than once per comment.

        • Russ Monroe November 12, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

          Sounds like a good probability to me Tom. I have heard the same complaint from people not on Schat, but they are also on remote area networks that may also share IP addresses.

      • Mongo The Idiot November 12, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

        Thank you Russ…
        What are your views on moving the courthouse out of Independence?
        Do you know what will become of that beautiful old building?
        Also, thanks for your super constructive suggestion, I’ve been down in the dumps lately with a tri-fold difficult combination of life and appreciate that you would venture to help someone you don’t know. I am continually impressed with the Owens folks, every time I go out and walk I meet neat people and see things I have never seen before.
        Today we had a spectacular sunset in LA. I observed that the majority of the people I encountered were oblivious to it. It was the exception that noticed this beautiful display, most had heads buried in tablets or phones.

        • Benett Kessler November 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

          Mongo, The old courthouse will continue to be used to some extent. The library is there and so are County Clerk-Recorder, Auditor and Treasurer.
          Sounds like we need to do a story on this. Continued loss for Independence where abandoned businesses and store fronts are common. No reasonable
          growth for our communities really hurts.

          • Mongo The Idiot November 13, 2013 at 9:18 am #

            I love Independence and think it is a mistake to DE-emphasize it as the county seat from a historical perspective. In my selfish hypocritical opinion it dilutes the history of one of the Wests earliest settlements. Essentially, when the county moves out of a county seat and relocates to a population center, the old location becomes a ghost town. If I were doing a story on this I would call the planning office to see if the Master Development Plan includes making Inde’ into a bedroom community with no services.

            Also, I heard Metabolic bought the building on Payne and Edwards; a realtor told me. Do you know anything about that?

            Also, I heard that the homeless fellow who lives if front of Subway has slept outside there for three consecutive winters. If this is true I feel very badly for him. Last year it was so cold there one day it burned the skin off of my face. I try to offer him food yet he won’t accept, someone told me he would take money. The story being that he is from LP where his mother who wants no part of him lived. Ed at Chevron told me Mr. Homeless is security and protector of the town. When I spoke with Mr. Homeless he told me that he is very concerned about nuclear fall-out and couldn’t name any geographic features for me. Sounds to me like he may be too sick to function without a bit of help. Do you know anything of his story? It seems to me that he is pretty sad and needs to be coerced into some sort of shelter or shed for the winter.
            I would consider appointing him “Emperor and Protector of Independence, Ca”, Issuing him a 19th C. style uniform, giving him an office there on Edwards, and promoting him to the tourist trade as an unreliable concierge. He might accept that, I’ll try if he’s still alive next time I drive through. I hear his Mom threw him away, probably because he was bad, who knows? Perhaps if his ego were elevated a bit he could thrive as Emperor and Protector of Independence.
            Everybody needs a job.

          • Benett Kessler November 13, 2013 at 9:45 am #

            The Sheriff’s Office and others have tried more than once to help him. He has refused.
            There currently are no shelters for the homeless here.

          • Mongo The Idiot November 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

            In 19th century San Francisco there was a character similar to MR Homeless. He was self appointed Emperor of The United States and protector of Mexico; Emperor Norton was his name.

            Perhaps Mr. Homeless needs to be offered a position of dignity and importance such as Emperor of Independence and Nuclear Protector. He does not accept food or shelter because he has been discarded by society and or someone close to him. He probably thinks any food he is given has been poisoned.

            I honestly think he needs a uniform and office there on Edwards. When I spoke with him he was very concerned about nuclear activity and told me he is watching. He has something in his mind right now that is relative to his unconventional existence. I say the community could change his situation by offering him something better yet just as unconventional;
            A title, uniform, job and office.

    • JeremiahJoseph November 12, 2013 at 10:19 am #

      Your right Mongo, People are so complacent within their own bubbles, it seems finding people to have a civil discussion is seldom seen, also the fact we have the ability to block out any logical or rational argument that we don’t agree with and continue to live our lives not having to confront that objection, ignorance is bliss and also dangerous..

      • sign of the times November 12, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

        Then there are those that actually believe they are doing some sort of bizarre civic duty by blaming every societal ill on “the liberals.”

  5. Eastern Sierra Local November 12, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    The site on MacIver really makes no sense to build a courthouse- it’s in a residential and commercial area. The site across from the current courthouse is much more logical since there’s already a courthouse and city hall there.

  6. Trouble November 12, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    Great, now we’ll have three court houses for two bonehead judges. Maybe we can make a strip club out of one of the vacant courts.


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