California lawmakers are bulldozing ahead with a costly plan to demolish the East Annex, block public access to the West Steps, and destroy Capitol Park.
California is under siege – by a pandemic and catastrophic wildfires – and facing another $54 billion budget deficit. Now is not the time to burden taxpayers with a $1 billion debt for the next 30 years. It’s time to restore, increase public safety, and preserve the historic East Annex, not demolish and replace it.
What California lawmakers are doing is prioritizing their “self-interest over the needs of struggling Californians by moving forward with a fiscally and environmentally irresponsible expansion,” Donaldson says.
As a former Marine, current architect, and long-time Californian, I have concerns... They lie in the fact that no legislator or architect involved in the project discussed how an all-glass exterior poses security risks for state employees.
It should not be too much to ask that a luxury project which sidelines the needs of Californians should itself be sidelined.
Save Our Capitol! is working to preserve the historic Capitol and its surrounding Park as the center and symbol of Californians’ right to truth, transparency, and trust in our form of self-governance.