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Feds spend $368 million on San Diego courthouse for FEWER courtrooms

Here’s a story suitable for the Bizarro comic strip.  The U.S. government has spent $368 million on a lavish new federal courthouse addition in San Diego, largely to increase the number of courtrooms to handle the increasing workload.  But  the geniuses in DC decided that the spending was too lavish (it was), so they deduced that the solution was to require FEWER courtrooms than BEFORE the project was built.

Moreover, the resulting operational mishmash and empty space makes the courts incredibly inefficient, with people running between buildings when the space IS available WITHIN the (now empty) buildings to improve operations.

We had 24 courtrooms BEFORE the $368 million was spent, and now the feds limit our district operations to 22 courtrooms AFTER construction is completed. Our courts are badly backed up, and this is how government solves the problem.

You can’t make this stuff up.

But that’s not all. The DC fiscal wizards who imposed this goofy constraint were the members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, controlled at the time by Democrats.

And who was one of the most senior Democrats on the committee? Our own San Diego Mayor, Bob Filner. Hoh boy.
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