View Full Version : California Shuts Down Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch

03-10-2006, 04:02 PM
California barred workers from Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch (http://www.videopark.com/mj.htm) on Thursday and fined the singer $69,000 because the estate's workers compensation insurance policy had lapsed.

The "stop order" was issued after a worker reported Tuesday that a co-worker who had been injured did not have the state-required health coverage, said Dean Fryer, spokesman for the California Department of Industrial Relations.

Regulators determined coverage for 69 employees at the Santa Barbara County ranch lapsed Jan. 10, Fryer said.

Jackson, 47, has lived in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain since being acquitted of child molestation charges last year. A call to his spokeswoman seeking comment was not immediately returned Thursday.

The 2,600-acre ranch boasts amusement park rides and has been home to elephants, giraffes, snakes, orangutans, tigers and a crocodile. Fryer said local animal welfare agencies were notified of the shutdown so they could make arrangements to feed and care for the animals.

The ranch operators have five days to appeal the order and fine, Fryer said. If workers violate the order by returning to the ranch, the department can seek criminal charges or file a lawsuit.


Noodle Arm
03-10-2006, 04:08 PM

"Won't somebody PLEASE think of the children!!"

03-10-2006, 04:10 PM
Jackson probably doesn't care, I doubt he'll ever live in the U.S. again

03-10-2006, 06:25 PM
damn, and i had not made it there yet for all the cool rides. oh well there is always Knottsberry Farms. LOL