On Friday, Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey said he will make his appeal to the state after it denied Humboldt County's $19 million grant proposal for a jail expansion project in December.
”I'm going to be challenging the decision made and how the analysis of information was conducted during the process,” Downey said.
The request was denied after the California Department of Finance gave Humboldt County a zero preference score during its review, stating the proposal did not set aside funds for the county's proposed project and failed to complete an environmental impact review.
The county's proposal was submitted to help fund the construction of a multi-story, minimum security housing facility for the county jail.
Downey will make his case before a hearing panel in Sacramento on March 11.