O.C. agrees to pay­out to avoid suit over use of jail

Los Angeles Times - - California - — Raja Ab­dul­rahim

Orange County has agreed to pay the city of Orange up to $340,000 a year to stave off a po­ten­tial law­suit re­gard­ing the hous­ing of fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion de­tainees at a county jail within the city lim­its.

The Sher­iff’s Depart­ment reached an agree­ment with U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment this sum­mer to house up to 838 de­tainees at the Theo Lacy Fa­cil­ity in Orange and the James A. Musick Fa­cil­ity near Irvine, which would bring in an es­ti­mated $35mil­lion to the depart­ment and help close its bud­get gap.

But the cen­tral Orange County com­mu­nity of Orange raised early ob­jec­tions, say­ing the move would vi­o­late a 1995 agree­ment it has with the county con­cern­ing the Theo Lacy Fa­cil­ity, which is across the street from the bustling Block at Orange shop­ping cen­ter.

In ad­di­tion to the an­nual pay­out, the city will pay only about $5,000 a year to use the Sher­iff’s Depart­ment shoot­ing range. It cur­rently pays three times that. In re­turn, the city agreed not to sue.

The lone dis­senter, Su­per­vi­sor John Moor­lach, said he felt shaken down and “vi­o­lated” by the pay­out.

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