I’ve Failed So Far in Seeking the Project Labor Agreement from the California Administrative Office of the Courts for the New San Diego Central Courthouse

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Before the public comment period of the June 28, 2013 meeting of the Judicial Council of California, I filled out this Request for Judicial Administrative Records for the Project Labor Agreement that construction contractors will have to sign as a condition of working on the New San Diego Central Courthouse. I submitted the form in person to staff of the Administrative Office of the Courts after I was informed they didn’t have a copy at the San Francisco office.

Looks like I’ll have to “renew my request” later in July. Even though union representatives claimed to refer to text of the agreement when they spoke before the Judicial Council on June 28 (hear public comments at the meeting), the Administrative Office of the Courts will not give it to me because it hasn’t been signed yet. See email below that I received on July 8, 2013.

It’s possible that union representatives were mistakenly referring to provisions in the Long Beach Courthouse Project Labor Agreement that their attorney Ray Van der Nat submitted as part of his written comments to the Judicial Council. Ironically, I had just obtained that Project Labor Agreement a few weeks earlier after several months of futile efforts to get a copy of it.

From: Pubinfo [mailto:Pubinfo@jud.ca.gov]
Sent: Monday, July 08, 2013 5:06 PM
To: xxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Request for Judicial Administrative Records — San Diego Central Courthouse Project AgreementDear Mr. Dayton,

The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has reviewed your request (copy attached) under California Rules of Court, rule 10.500, “public access to judicial administrative records.” In response to your request, the AOC does not yet have a signed copy of the Project Labor Agreement for the San Diego Central Courthouse. We anticipate receiving a signed copy in two weeks. Please feel free to renew your request at that point.

Thank you for your interest in the judicial branch.

Judicial and Court Operations Services Division Court Operations Special Services Office–Public Access to Records Project Judicial Council of California – Administrative Office of the Courts455 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102-3688
“Serving the courts for the benefit of all Californians”

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