A plan to try to keep one of Ventura County’s two courthouses from closing appears to be picking up steam. Ventura County Supervisors have pledged $50,000 a year for the next two years to help keep the Simi Valley courthouse open.
County Supervisor Peter Foy is leading an effort to get pledges from the county, and city governments for $550,000, which would keep the facilities doors open on a part time basis for the next two years. Simi Valley, and Moorpark have also pledged support, meaning about $300,000 of the $550,000 needed is now committed.
County courts officials say they’ve been forced to look at shuttering the facility, and moving most operations to Ventura because of drastic state funding cuts.
Community leaders say losing the facility would be bad for East County residents, who would have to travel to Ventura to handle court matters. They say it would be even worse for law enforcement, because officers would lose hours of time travelling to and from Ventura to appear for court cases, taking them off the streets from regular patrol duties.