The federal government has decided to sell off a number of historic bungalows next to the Vista del Arroyo Courthouse in Pasadena, angering judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, who had urged that the buildings be converted into a legal research center. In April, the City of Pasadena asked the U.S. General Services Administration to sell 12 of the 17 large bungalows so that they could be converted to luxury condominiums. However, Judge Dorothy Nelson, chairwoman of the court's building committee, said the buildings should be used to expand the court's law library and house a dispute mediation center. "All of the great legal research centers are located in the East," Nelson said. "We see this property as ideally suited for this purpose." However, GSA officials, under an executive order from the Reagan Administration to dispose of surplus property, have said the plan for the legal research center is impractical.