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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California • 29

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SribaarTODAY Sunday, November 29, 1981 C-ST i i Problems Innovations in new courthouse ready for business in' February, will not be ready for prisoners until at least A severe parking crunch. The criminal Justice complex was to have Included a 838-space In the experimental arraignment auditorium; large groupe of defendants entering pleas on misdemeanor charges win receive videotaped pre-arraignment instructions. 1 The Judges taped instructions, now de-: livered in court to individuals, can be beamed into the 130-seat auditorium, freeing courtrooms and Judges from routine paperwork, planners predict. Donn Weaver; chief county planner on the project, said no one. is sure how.

the innovative plan will work. "Every project like this to in some sense a pilot project, he said. "If the arraignment assembly auditorium doesn't work, it' will have been an expensive experiment" The old municipal courthouse will retain nine small claims and traffic courtrooms, and will be converted to house public defenders offices once the new, courthouse Me Alameda Countys municipal courthouse of the future, defendants will be ar-' raigned by videotape and will travel between court and. the adjacent high-rise' through underground passages and aerial pedestrian Potentially dangerous defendants will be arraigned and tried in a bunker-like security courtroom, equipped with special search rooms, metal detectors and. observation deck.

Dapite all the past hassles say they are eager to see how these experimental features will work when the Wiley Manuel Oakland-Alameda Courthouse finally opens its doors this' winter. The. courthouse has six public floors, four special prisoner corridors in between and an underground, tunnel that links the Jail with 18 courtrooms in the new complex and nine in the old courthouse across ibe Carol BrydoV A S' which has the contracts, to construct both the courthouse and JaiL already has paid the county $8,000 for various courthouse delay costs. The county has accepted responsibility for design changes that raised construction costs-by 3800,000. The contracts require Perini to complete the work for the amount bid, 830 million for the courthouse and 819 million for the JaU, unless the county approves a change and agrees to pay additional costa.

Perini will not comment on the Jobs or how much more construction may have cost the company above the bid price, but project planners clearly, expect the contractor to try to recover some of the costs of the Jail delays once tbe entire complex to finished. Gounty attorney Booty would not comment on possible future i We have two more years on the JalL' and were not trying to make Perini unhappy," he said. We have to keep a good rela- tiooshlp until the project to complete." Thus far, the county has taken responsibility for 8438,831 in costs above the Jail's- bid price. Booty did say that he thought both Perini and the county were entitled to some soil of compensation front Kaiser for construction delays related to the defective concrete slabs. Although Kaiser paid the direct costs of removing the dabs, there may be substantial indirect costs.

For example, the delay to -a in the county spending more to secure the dilapidated Santa Rita jail against an increasing rash of escapes. Supervisors lad month allocate Jbave walked a couple hundred yards to court through a series of security bridges and tunnels that link the new JaU with old and new municipal courthouses. The county also could have saved the million dollars, it to paying the City of Oakland this Two arrested In stabbing aboard BART street ed an additional 8840.000 to improve Santa Rita security, after a recent escapee was charged with the rape of. a -woman who lives near the aging World War II-era barracks near Pleasanton. Supervisors also allocated nearly 8200,000 this month to renovate living quarters at the JaiL The county also must bear the additional costs of transporting' pre-sentence prisoners to.

the new courthouse Iran Pleasanton for the duration of the delay. County -Undersheriff Daniel Vohl said that last -year Santa Rita buses- traveled 821,838 miles'aod hauled 88,398 prisoners to and from' North County court appearances. At 30 cents a mile, the countys annual bill to 318,847.79. If the Jail were ready lor business this winter prisoners could BART police arrested two passengers on suspicion of stabbing' another rider Friday night a San BART train headed for the Oakland West station. victim, Carlos Brelend, 19, of Oakland, suffered a slight.

wound to the lower back in the 10:30 p.m. He was at Providence Hospital later released. narking facility to accommodate increased traffic ft from city redevelopment projects and the ex-' panded courthouse and Jail acil- ities. was first conceived be--, fore Proposition IS, when counties still had the power to raise local' revenues through, property, and other tax rate- in-' Now, with their money-raising authority severely cut, supervisors are debating plans for a revenue bond project that would pay for the 88 million parking structure. When work, begins within the next two years on the link between the Nimitz Freeway and Highway 880, the nearby city-run parking lots under the freeway.

will be shut down. have served as the bulk of parking! space for the old courthouse Oakland hall of justice. It is going to be a. mess for two years," said Municipal Court Administrator George Dickey, of the problems that seem, certain' to arise when nearly 800 inmates are moved to the Jail in Possible future legal battles over blame, for costly construction Liability for courthouse construction delays ja pretty much settled, according to county staff members. All contractors and the county have signed promises not to sue and (he project to officially completed.

(Thetatotity to putting the facility through a "shakedown" period before officially opening it) PerinI Alameda 'Associates, Our Big Buy Package! Everything you need for quick, convenient food processing. You receive: Cuisinart DLC7E a Cuisinart apron Extra work bowj Coupon for bonus Jame). Beard cookbook Stainless steel work knife a French fry blade Medium shredder'disc Medium slicing disc a Plastic dough blade Plastic spatula The powerful motor in DLC7E will knead up to six cups of flour for bread dough, grind two pounds of meat process -whole fruits an vegetables at one time, with no need for prC- cutting. Onoff pulse control means you can'process with precision you never over-: process food! Small Electrics 673-Warranty on request limited to stock on hand. Continued from Page C-1 home-jail project include; The low pedestrian bridge between the new courthouse end 1 the.

existing municipal court bouse facility across Washington Street The county already has spent 8118,000 to correct the defect which the county believes was the architect's responsibility. -Top architect Patrick McLeamy defined comment on the bridge design snafu, and county counsel Kelvin Booty said the liability question still was open. Mk addition, county planners estimated it would cast 840,000 to lower a chunk of sidewalk sur routing a large utility tram former box that was not graded tRAJOT ago when the rest of the; block was lowered. But thus farthe lowest bid the county has received onthe Job is about twice.that much. Installation of 188 tons of defective "Sightly a year after the pedestrian bridge embarrassment planners were hit' with the staggering news that Kaiser Cement COibpany inadvertantly had poured defective concrete slabs for the Jherconcrete, which is formed by mixing crushed rock with cements was seriously weakened when contaminated crushed rock orjsggregate accidently was used.

Eventually, after, delicate tie-, gottations between the county and Kaiser, Kaiser agreed' to finance the 81 million Job of removing and replacing slabs from the; first seven levels of the JaiL Work on the Jail was delayed a The highriae Jail, a pre-trial detention facility designed to ojjen when the new courthouse is Santa to3ead parade Oakland's first Christ-maTparade in several years begins at noon today, with more than 100 groups taking part It starts at 12th Street and Broadway, when Mayor Lionel WU-. son cuts the Led by grand marshal Cornell -Maier, president of the Kaiser Aluminum and Chemi- cal Col, it moves north on Broadway past a reviewing stand at 20th Street, ending at 21st Street and Telegraph Parade sponsors art the Oakland Chamber of Commerce and Em-porium-Capwell stores, which donated 88,000, and was helped by contributions from other" businesses and, front individuals. Among the -entries are floats, antique cars, marching bands, fire engines, military drill team and Santa Claus. Many stores will be and the Caterpillar Puppets will entertain customers with Night Christmas, inside the Emporlum-Capwell store at 20th and Broadway at 3 p.m. Family feud ends In death HAYWARD' A family argument escalated into a fatal stabbing here Saturday, police said.

-Jessie Emerson, .40, and his wife, Sandra, 30, were arguing In their apartment1, at' 28888 Gading According to police, heated words between two turned into a physical confrontation and. Emerson was stabbed in the chest He was pronounced Rose dead at St ML. His wife was taken into custody for investigation of murder. Police refused to disclose any additional in-. formation.

Hospi- CHOOSE A CUT YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS TIED Thousands (TAXMCUMD CMSTMAS TIB HUM autkiwM. UVOMOKf 447-0078 laffMbSNM! f- I I year to keep its JaU open and' house county prisoners untU the; new highrtoe to ready. We have a white elephant; right in the middle of downtown Oakland," said Supervisor John George. who consistently has op-' posed any new JaU construction. BART Police LL Leo Tamtoiea -identified the suspects as Craig Stern, 20, of and Louis Gonzales, 21, of South San FTanqisco.

Both were taken to Santa Rita Rehabilitation Center for investigation of assault with deadly weapon. A fight broke out when the two- men boarded the train and ex-' 'changed words with Brelend Tamisiea said. 'v 21 1 1 I "Ml qnerial holiday hours: shoo (except Oakland 3 all stdres Monday through Friday 1 to Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 pm. (except Oakland 10:00 a.m.

Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 to pm. (except downtown San Francisco 11: 00a.m. to 6:00 pm-.

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