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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
THE UPS AND DOWNS OF SAM SLOM'S WORLD
Kudos to Judges Slom and Soto for responding to the complaints re: the infamous lot 26.
Judge Soto and I understand your frustration and we will chat with Chief Judge Joel Brown and our Trial Court Administrator as to what avenues can be pursued to address the parking issue. (Rumpole can't help it- "avenues", parking problems, gridlock. Pretty cute phrase.)
We have improved timely entry into the building for both attorneys and the general public. At 6:15 this morning I sent the e-mail below to our building manager to remind her about the importance of gaining timely entry into REG on a Tuesday following a holiday that falls on Monday.
In fact, at a meeting today, Judge Soto, Judge Brown and I briefly discussed the gridlock issue around NW 12 Avenue.
We will keep you apprised of our discussions and will likely include you in our efforts when we determine which course of action should be pursued.
Ditto. We will address the issue asap!! Thank you for your patience!
THE UPS AND DOWNS OF SAM SLOM:
Dear Sabrina, David and Rick:
As you know, each year, the escalators at REG are taken out of service for a period of time (normally 90 days for the service to be completed) for their annual maintenance.
We have requested that the building manager schedule the service during the summer so that it coincides with three judicial educational conferences because the population entering REG is lower during that period. As a consequence, it is hoped that the inconvenience experienced by lawyers will be somewhat minimized because fewer lawyers are noticed to appear during this period.
We have asked that the annual service maintenance begin approximately May 20th and continue thereon for the necessary period. We have also asked that the heaviest used escalators (the lower floors) not have their maintenance performed on our busiest days (the beginning of the week). Contractually, maintenance must be performed annually and there are limitations on when it can be done and the time frame in which it must be completed. Please be assured that we have discussed this issue at length in an attempt to arrive at the best solution.
While we are attempting to minimize the inconvenience escalator servicing has on our REG population, please do keep in mind that the County is ultimately responsible for and in charge of building maintenance. Additionally, due to the age of the building and the machinery therein, occasionally an unanticipated maintenance obstacle rears its head and could affect the timetable we have requested.
Judge Soto and I are mindful of your concerns and we both endeavor to make life at REG as pleasant as possible.
So there you have it dear readers. Parking problems; escalator issues.
All in the day of the life of the chief judge of county court.
And all in the day in the life of a humble REGJB lawyer, striving for justice, and a few extra bucks to buy that nice bottle of GSM wine to drink this weekend.