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5/17/2013 2:34:00 PM
Blythe courthouse to close
The Blythe Courthouse will be closed.
The Blythe Courthouse will be closed.

Marty Bachman


Employees of the Riverside Superior Court were notified on May 17 that the Blythe Courthouse will be closed. The memorandum, issued by Court Executive Officer Sherri R. Carter, stated that due to the Governor's revised 2013-14 California state budget, no additional funds were to be provided to the state's judicial branch.

"This means that ongoing budget reductions to the trial courts will remain at $475 million, with Riverside's share at over $20 million," Carter said in her memo. "...despite all our efforts, these ongoing budget reductions are too large to sustain without additional measures."

Carter said that courthouse staff reductions currently being implemented would continue and that further reductions to public services are also in the works.

"How these court closures will impact staff has not been determined and will be discussed with the Unions once the decisions have been finalized," Carter wrote. "This is a sad period for the California judiciary."

Carter said that while there is still time for the Legislature to provide additional funding to the judiciary in its final budget in June, it is not feasible for the court to wait until that time to try and address the large deficit currently projected.

No date was given for when the closure would take effect.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Article comment by: Just the Beginning

All the dems who voted for moonbeam Brown AGAIN, all the while saying, bankruptcy won't happen in Ca - well it's just beginning. It is happening, loose our courts, our police, fire, oh yea whats left - the illegals and inmates who still get free handouts. The mentality of democrats is the money won't end - we have enough money to pay all the high union wages for government workers, illegal immigrants, lazy folks who won't work, feed every mouth in america, pay for the high speed rail to nowhere, pay for the research on stem cells, yadayadayada. Well all the union democrats are now getting it in the butt - yea we finally ran out of money - guess who goes first?? The union employees, not the illegals or the inmates or the welfare takers. No - u all got what you voted for - disregard what the government is supposed to do - provide police, fire, safety net - no the politicians (Democrat manual perez, what a joke) will continue giving away goodies to illegals. The CA politicians have their PRIORITIES WRONG - Now maybe voters will pay attention. The CA legislators DO NOT HAVE JOBS - they just sit in Sacto making more rules, regs, and spend more money than will ever be taken in, especially since business is moving from CA. These politicians are full time legislators - next time the ballot asks whether we should have full time legislators - VOTE NO.

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Article comment by: Jere Allan

I would suggest that all political parties have to share the responsibilities. Our economy is being destroyed by environmentalism which is driving our industries out of State because of such stringent regulations. This goes beyond just the State level, but involves the Feds as well. Thanks to Congress we have seen farming, mining, lumber, high tech, and other industries suffer. Over 7,000,000 acres of our desert closed. For 20 years we paid taxes for a spread dam which never did get EPA approval because of the desert tortoise, but the solar plant that went bankrupt, funded with taxpayer money by this current Administration was approved in less than a year for the same location as the dam. Does that tell you anything? And, yes, by repeatedly putting the same persons in office, we ask for what we get.

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Jane

What ever happened to cutting hours and a few jobs for the greater good.

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@ I don't think so. In your response to Martha Diaz, you just Stated Why Blythe is Dying. It's because this City caters to outsider's. The people that are traveling through Blythe to another destination. They Get Food then Gas Up and Leave. Or maybe stay a night. Just imagine you coming here, and stopping here going into town, seeing a lot of empty building, homeless people and a bunch of People (deleted) on bikes roaming the City and no police to be seen. Would you get out and walk? Explore our little piece of heaven here on earth. Just thinking that someone will pull you into one of those empty buildings. You have to see it from their perspective. But needless to say, this City has forgotten it's residents, It has neglected the needs of the people, and what helps a community grow. Only in Blythe will you see this. Until there is an infusion of new blood in City Hall all will remain the same, only people with money will make money.

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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@ I'm just saying. I never mention the Courthouse. I just stated the facts. That this town is dying. But you have people wanting to leave a legacy in the wake of this town's impending demised. Like a Welcome Center and a Park for Obese Children. @ I'm just saying. (deleted) The way you harp on these people. Yes you have a lot of people here on welfare. Some do not deserve the help they get, but you have others that really need that help. So don't be a hater Bro.

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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: I find it Funny

The governor is doing exactly what you wanted and you still (deleted). You conservatives want to cut spending until it affects you. Stop your whining he is doing what you wanted a Republican Gov to do. Cut Cut Cut. Problem is its a Dem! Right Jere?

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: just me

Will it surprise any one if the police dept.closes to ..I feel sure if there is a way the Gov..can do it he will...He may figure we dont need three law enforcement agencies....And decide to let the sherrif and highway patrol respond to all calls...It is getting scary...Or would it be something the county and city would handle....

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: I dont think so

To Martha Diaz, Ghost town, think not, too many motels-gas stations and food joints placed right in the middle of nowhere for that to happen. Karen Preston- Blythe has the great out-doors to offer.To El Pica, you may think its funny, but is no laughing matter. Jere Allan, I don't think anybody asked for this.Now, I would like an explanation from city or government officials as to specifically what this will actually means.

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: Jere Allan

@Jere Allan & @@ Jere Allan. Notice I am not ashamed of my name. I don't know what either of you are getting at, but what on earth does closing the court house have to do with the hospital and Sunset Grill? And unlike either of you I use the hospital and I use the court house and yes, I have eaten many meals at Sunset Grill. What have either you done? I hate to see the hardship of our local folks havig to drive 100 milesto Indio for simple court matters, but if that's okay with you.and you are comfortable with it, so be it. To each his own. If you voted for the mess, California is in, enjoy your misery. The hospital is still open and is in pretty good company with UCLA in the ratings just published by Leap Frog, which means absolutely nothing. Note the paper keeps harping on the Harvard Graduate that didn't stay as if graduating from Harvard made him an infallible Saint. (deleted) If I missed something else, excuse me. I love you anyway because that is a debt I owe you. (Rom.13:8)

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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: Martha Diaz

We moved from Blythe about 17 yrs ago but still visit as we have family still here. It is so depressing to go there and see the town go down hill. Places keep closing and it sure is going to be a Ghost Town if something doesn't happen to change things around!

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: I'm just Saying

@el pica this is not a city issue to close down the court house, deleted) The Welcome center has nothing to do with the court house closure. If you don't like it move! This is a welfare town, I think they should close the county welfare building that way all these people free loading and not getting married to collect can figure how to get free money.

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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Maybe we should change the course of the Colorado River. That way Blythe would be in Arizona. Yes, just dreaming. You know what they say, when life give you lemons, then make lemonade. Let's market Blythe as a living Ghost town. Put a sign East and West of Blythe saying Come to Blythe and watch us Die. Or everyone can don a bed sheet and walk around town pretending to be a ghost. There is probably more life in the cemetery than there is here in Blythe. Sorry people. I have to stop with these one liners. I can just go on and on. But the Silver Lining here is that in the end we will have a park for fat kids, and a place where people can take their pets to do dodo.

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: @@Jere Allen

You noticed! I wonder how many others noticed that? Now we will have NO hospital, NO courts what is next? Sunset Grille is closed, too! Maybe Jere didn't patronize that place, either! Too bad they had great food!

Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Article comment by: we must stand up and fight

There is little that our local leaders can do to keep our courthouse open other than lobbying for it. We the residents of the palo verde valley must come together, sign petitions, and call our state senator and assemblyman. We have to let them know that we will hold them accountable. If you wish to contact either one, they can be reached at:

Assemblyman Manuel Perez (D): (916) 319-2056

State Senator Ben Hueso (D): (916) 651-4040

Call them and tell them to get their priorities straight. Their main job is to look out for those in their district and not those special interest that have their hands in the cookie jar. Remember this when it is time for the next election!


Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Article comment by: @ Jere Allan

Sounds like you are batting 0 for 2. You do not like the Governor but support the ones putting your Hospital into bankruptcy. Sahlolbei, Hudson and Sartin. The loses continue at record levels and the Docs keep taking!!!


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