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County to consider reopening Hall of Justice

Building was closed after 1994 Northridge earthquake

Posted: November 29, 2009 10:46 p.m.
Updated: November 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Los Angeles County Fifth District Supervisor Michael Antonovich plans to propose studying the possibility of using federal stimulus funds to reopen the Los Angeles County Hall of Justice.

The Hall of Justice building once housed the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The building was severely damaged in the 1994 Northridge quake.

Efforts to restore the building were started and stopped in 2004.

Antonovich, whose district includes the Santa Clarita Valley, will present a plan on Tuesday that includes using stimulus funds to pay for the renovation and seismic retrofit. First District Supervisor Gloria Molina, who represents East Los Angeles, will join Antonovich in endorsing the plan.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the County Department of Public Health, is scheduled to lay out a worst-case H1N1 infection surge scenario. More than 70 lives have been lost to the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, in L.A. County this year.


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