Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, May 22, 2002


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Board Gives Final Approval to Naming Courthouse for Antonovich


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles County supervisors yesterday approved the naming of the new Lancaster courthouse for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, but deferred action on a proposal to attach geographical place names to various other courthouses around the county.

The naming of the Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse was originally on last Tuesday’s consent calendar, but was postponed at the last minute, ostensibly at the request of the Superior Court. It was approved yesterday without discussion.

At the same time, the board again deferred action on a proposal to attach city names to nearly a dozen former municipal court buildings now named for defunct municipal court districts, such as the Citrus, Rio Hondo and Los Cerritos courthouses. Those buildings would become the West Covina, El Monte, and Bellflower courthouses, respectively

Supervisor Gloria Molina asked to put off the approval pending a report by the Chief Administrative Office on the cost of changing signage on the buildings.

The idea of naming the Lancaster facility for the supervisor who has represented the area for more than two decades was brought up by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Frank Jackson, who obtained unanimous votes of support from the  Lancaster and Palmdale city councils.

It would be the fifth courthouse in the county named for a person.

In the Civic Center, the building housing the criminal courts, long known simply as the Criminal Courts Building or CCB, now bears the name of pioneering woman lawyer Clara Shortridge Foltz, while the supervisors recently renamed the Central Courthouse on Hill Street for the late Supreme Court Justice Stanley Mosk, although a formal rededication is still pending.

Additionally, the juvenile court facility in Monterey Park was named for former Supervisor Edmund Edelman, and the juvenile court facility in South Central Los Angeles for Judge David V. Kenyon, who served on the Superior Court before President Carter appointed him to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.


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