City's suit seeking damages and preventing state from leasing empty facility set for trial in January 2014 in Bakersfield

The city's lawsuit against the state seeking reimbursement for the costs associated with the closure of the Taft Taft Community Correctional Facility in 2011 has been transferred to Kern County and a trial date has been set.

The city filed suit against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in August 2012, alleging that the CDCR breached the contract for the CCF the city was wrongly forced to pay more than $500,000 in costs associated with the closure of the facility in November 2011.

The suit alos seeks to prevent the state from taking over the facility and paying the city just $1 per year for the lease.

The closure of the CCF cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue, and has been forced to the money out of its reserves to pay for the unemployment costs for the four dozen employees who lost their jobs.
The city contends the state is responsible for the cots.
The contract the city operated the CCF under was due to expire until 2017, and, when it ended, the state had the the right to operate the facility itself and lease it from the city for only $1 annually.

The city is contending that clause was abrogated when the CCF was closed.

A Jan. 21, 2014 trial date has been set for Dept. 17 of Kern County Superior Court.

However, several case management hearings are scheduled and the case could be settled before it goes to trial.