Inside the vacant Hall of Justice

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The Board of Supervisors today approved the issuance of bonds to help pay for the $244 million rehab of the 1925 Hall of Justice at Temple and Spring streets in the Civic Center. When the work is done in a few years, the sheriff's department will be the main occupant of the building where the Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan trials were held and where Marilyn Monroe's autopsy was conducted. The hall has been mostly vacant since the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Almost all of the courtrooms and jails cells have been torn out in preparation for the re-do. A county photographer and a writer for Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's news website went through the place by flashlight on Tuesday with architect Alicia Ramos, project manager for the work. Story and photo gallery.

Really?: The ZevWeb story says "reams of once-confidential documents have been incinerated and sent to that great repository in the sky." Begging the question: Who approved that? What exactly did the documents cover? Does the county routinely destroy publicly owned archives?

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