As we were: Final inspection for jail

By From page B2 | April 22, 2013



25 Years ago

April 20, 1988

Jail nears completion

Although no firm date has been set for completion of the new $15 million jail on Forni Road, if various features of the jail pass upcoming inspections, operations could begin before Joe Winslow, director of the El Dorado County General Services Administration.

A final mechanical and electrical inspection will be conducted today; the architectural inspection will be completed April 25, and the last inspection will cover electronics, Winslow said.

“To set a completion date would be premature, because it depends on the number and severity of discrepancies that might be found during inspection,” said Winslow. “There’s a possibility we won’t accept it in present condition. We won’t move into it until inspector say it is good enough. Before that time, the building still belongs to the contractor …”

The new jail reportedly will be the first fully computerized jail in California. Many California jails are partly computerized, using computer for certain aspects of operations such as the booking process, work programs and meals.

The El Dorado County Jail will use computers for all areas. Full automation will cut costs, because the Sheriff’s Department would have to hire even more employees to run the jail manually…

The new jail also reportedly will be one of the first in California to use pneumatic door locking systems. Jailers will not longer use keys; they will push buttons …


60 Years ago

April 22, 1948

P. S. Tracy Is Summoned

Perry S. Tracy, 73, native and lifelong resident of Placerville and for fifty-five years a local businessman, passed away Monday afternoon at this home, 191 Union Street…

Perry Spencer Tracy was born Oct. 25, 1874 in a house which stood on the site of the home in which he died. Ha was a son of the late Henry N. and Margaret Hardie Tracy and as a young man he attended the old Academy in Placerville and later took business training at Stockton.

Hie father as a pioneer shoe man in Placerville and the business of Tracy’s Shoe Store as operated in recent years evolved from the pioneer business in which H. N. Tracy made shoes and sold them to his clients…

Mr. Tracy had always been interested in community affairs and served a term as a member of the city council several years ago during which the city acquired  the nucleus of its present water system from private holders.

He had been a member fifty-five years in Placerville Parlor of Native Sons of the Golden West, and nearly forty-five years ago became a member of El Dorado Lodge No. 26, F. & A.M.

When the Placerville Lions club was formed, Mr. Tracy became a charter member of that organization.

He was married on July 15, 1903 to Miss Stella H. Ralston, a childhood schoolmate, and through the years shared with her a mutual devotion to their home, their friends and each other …


120 Years ago

April 22, 1893

No Contempt

The Supreme Court has rendered the following decision in the contempt case against S. M. Shortridge, editor of the San Jose Mercury, who was fined $100 by a Santa Clara Judge for publishing the proceedings in a divorce suite contrary to the orders of the Supreme Court and its decision is given below:

“The power of the Court to control or conduct by command or prohibition is restricted to persons before it; it cannot determine the conduct of those over which it has no jurisdiction …”

Ken Deibert

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