November 14, 2022

Save Our Capitol! Argues $1.2B+ Capitol Annex Project Fails to Adequately Analyze and Mitigate Project Impacts

By Save Our Capitol!

“No one is questioning the critical need to improve and modernize the historic Capitol Annex; however, we maintain that the Capitol Annex Project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR) fails to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)..."

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November 11, 2022

Capitol Annex Project’s Environmental Impact Report Violated CEQA by not Analyzing Alternative Solutions

By Save Our Capitol!

“DGS and JRC’s suggestion that the Project will not adversely impact historic resources on the west side of the historic Capitol... is not supported by substantial evidence."

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November 10, 2022

What Else Are Our Elected Officials Doing In Secret?

By Paula Peper and Richard "Dick" Cowan

"This is probably the most secretive project I've been associated with, including I built hangars for the Stealth Fighter in the middle of Nevada."

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November 9, 2022

Demolition-by-Neglect: How the California Legislature Plans to Destroy State History

By Save Our Capitol!

"... without Governor Newsom’s engagement, state history will be erased and every Californian will lose the ability to walk the halls of their Capitol Annex and gather or protest at the West Steps."

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November 1, 2022

Capitol Annex Project: The Facts

By Victoria Kastner

"What they are trying to do by defacing our historic Capitol is taking somewhere and making it anywhere. That building could go anywhere within the state."

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November 1, 2022

State Architect Alfred Eichler's Historic Capitol Annex

By Victoria Kastner

"This beautiful East Annex he constructed in 1952 and it’s meant to be a pendant piece. It joins visually, a visual corridor between his great Tower Bridge and our great State Capitol."

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November 1, 2022

Capitol Annex Project: Limiting Public Participation

By Tim Holliday

"And you really come to the conclusion there's one true purpose––it's to keep the people of California out of their own house, and that is an outrage, and it's unacceptable."

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November 9, 2022

Save the Citadel – Our Historic Capitol Annex

By Wayne Donaldson FAIA

"... if this project moves forward, and this annex is demolished... it sets a horrible precedent that will start us not believing in our government can preserve historic structures like everyone else has to."

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November 9, 2022

West Steps Rally - Saving Democracy

By Save Our Capitol!

"And you really come to the conclusion there's one true purpose––it's to keep the people of California out of their own house, and that is an outrage, and it's unacceptable."

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November 9, 2022

Save California’s History – Rehabilitate Our Annex

By Richard "Dick" Cowan

"The Historic State Capitol Commission designated all of the materials you can see here as the historic fabric of the building... The marble floors, the ceilings are, in particular, a 1950s style."

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November 9, 2022

Rescuing California's Historic State Capitol

By Victoria Kastner

"We cannot let the egotism and greed of a few affect all of us as citizens."

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November 3, 2022

California’s $1.2B+ Capitol Annex Project Challenged Due to Defective Environmental Impact Report

By Save Our Capitol!

"DGS and JRC claim that because the DEIR disclosed that it lacked adequate information to analyze the true nature of the Project’s impacts...the Project description was adequate. Not so."

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October 31, 2022

State of California Violated Environmental Laws in $1.2B+ Capitol Annex Project

By Save Our Capitol!

"Yet, DGS and JRC did not recirculate the EIR, instead choosing to deprive the public and responsible agencies of their right to review and comment on the Project’s true impacts to the Capitol Complex."

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October 12, 2022

Save Our Capitol! Files Appeal in Lawsuit Challenging $1.2B+ Capitol Annex Project

By Save Our Capitol!

“We are asking the court to enforce CEQA’s statutory requirement—which mandates the long-term protection of California’s built and natural environment—and reverse the Order and Judgment. There is no urgency to proceed with the unvetted Capitol Annex Project...”

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September 28, 2022

Save Our Capitol Files Reply Brief with the Court of Appeal of the State of California

By Save Our Capitol!

"Nevertheless, Respondents intend to demolish the Capitol Annex in its entirety and to irreversibly damage the historic West Lawn based on a legally deficient EIR that cannot possibly serve its purpose..."

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September 29, 2022

Save Our Capitol Urges $500 Million Rehabilitation, not $1.2 Billion New Capitol Annex as California Tax Revenues Drop

By Save Our Capitol!
September 29, 2022

"By freeing up $700 million from the current Capitol Annex Project, the Legislature and Governor Newsom can better balance the state’s budget and ensure critical projects are funded. Rehabilitation...will cost taxpayers less than $500 million."

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September 16, 2022

The Afternoon News with Kitty O'Neal The Controversy Over the Capitol Annex Project: Hear Both Sides

By Kitty O'Neal
News 93.1 KFBK

Controversy over the CA State Capitol Annex demolition and remodel. Those in favor say safety hazards and aesthetics demand the over billion dollar project. Others favor a $500 million refurbishing that preserves more of the Capitol and surrounding trees.

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August 1, 2022

Lawmakers 'gutted like a fish' lawsuit to stop Capitol annex

By Malcolm Maclachlan
Daily Journal

"When they were completing the annual state budget late last month, lawmakers in Sacramento quietly knifed a lawsuit seeking to block a $1.4 billion project to demolish and rebuild much of the State Capitol building."

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August 11, 2022

Californians “Gutted” by Governor, Legislature, and Court System

By Save Our Capitol!

"We will not be deterred by state leadership’s hypocrisy, claiming to practice “deliberative Democracy” while intentionally denying public participation in self-governance."

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August 2, 2022

Downtown Sacramento restaurants seeing less business during Capitol renovations

By Michelle Bandur
KCRA News

"Downtown: Every time it's been given life, every time it's been given an opportunity, it's been followed by a punch in the face — a nice haymaker," he said.

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July 27, 2022

Legislature's Latest Outrage on Preserving California History

By Richard Cowan
Public Accountability for Our Capitol

"Break the law, get caught, come before a judge, and then in the middle of the night, in a Budget Bill having nothing to do with the Project, write another law getting yourself out of the problem."

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July 8, 2022

PAC Letter re: Capitol Park Master Plan

By Public Accountability for Our Capitol

"We are sure you can see that continued unrestricted proliferation of monuments without a Master Plan will result in damage to the priceless resource of our State Capitol Park. Surely you don’t want this to be part of your legacy as Legislative leaders."

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July 5, 2022

Save Our Capitol! Files Objection to Defendants' Supplemental Request for Judicial Notice

By Save Our Capitol!

"Here, the Legislature’s statement that the Bill’s modifications to the Government Code are merely “declaratory of existing law” is plainly absurd, as the Bill creates an exemption from complying with requirements of the Public Resources Code that did not previously exist."

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July 1, 2022

Summary of Constitutional and Statutory Support for Preservation of the Capitol

By Save Our Capitol!

There are at least three sources of constitutional and statutory support for preservation of the Capitol, each of which is summarized in this document.

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June 18, 2022

Remembrance of Ray Girvigian

Interview of Raymond Girvigian by Save Our Capitol! Counsel Stephen Cook, with Photojournalist Stan Drury.

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June 14, 2022

Remembering Raymond "Ray" Girvigian

Ray Girvigian, a renowned architect & preservation pioneer, passed away at the age of 96 on June 7 2022.  An advocate to the very end, he sent a letter this past January to California Legislature urging leadership to save the Capitol Annex. He will be missed by all. Read his obituary here

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May 3, 2022

Why $1B renovation at California Capitol could uproot history

By Jeffrey Schaub and Greg Wong
KCBS Radio

"Very soon, state legislators, along with Governor Newsom, will move from their offices in the east annex building of the Capitol to make way for a new glass skinned executive building."

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April 25, 2022

New Project Putting Sacramento Trees In Danger

By Sasha Marguiles
KFBK News

"... a new construction plan seeks to relocate and-or remove some of those special trees, and demolish the East Capitol Annex Building. Urban Ecologist Paula Peper explains that puts hundreds of California’s 'historic trees' in danger."

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April 27, 2022

California legislature is endangering over 193 historic trees in controversial plan, tree expert says

By KUSI Newsroom
KUSI News

“Relocation practices are not following national guidelines, and with that, we assume that at least 49 of the palm trees that line — I mean, they’ve been planted since 1898 to 1903 —  and at least 49 of those will probably not be successful in the transplanting process."

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April 25, 2022

CA Legislature Ignoring Environmental Laws in State Capitol Renovation and Historic Tree Removal

By Katy Grimes
California Globe

"Ironically, Peper said 'you can sign up for the newsletter on the Capitol Annex website, but there aren’t any newsletters.' The Globe signed up long ago to the Capitol Annex newsletter subscription, and has not received any."

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April 25, 2022

Capitol Weekly Podcast: Revisiting the Capitol Annex

By Tim Foster
Capitol Weekly

"...the work is continuing apace while the lawsuits are being heard. If the judge were to find that the lawsuits are correct, that pre-commitment was made in violation of the law, EIR processes required by the law were not followed, and the SHPO visit was not done..."

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March 18, 2022

Studio Sacramento: California's State Capitol Annex Project

By Scott Syphax
PBS KVIE

"We really do intervene with, significant old structures, and make corrections necessary. So, I think each and every one of the concerns can and would be addressed in a bonafide rehabilitation project."

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March 2, 2022

Saving California's Historic Capitol Annex

By Carl Bott
KCNR 1460 AM

"We had urged ... Mr. Cooley to hire a preservation architect and tell them what he wanted and have them show how much of his needs could get in the old, historic building—but he declined to do that."

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February 20, 2022

Community Roundup with Gene Nichols

By Gene Nichols

"... it is a project that has been done in secret, and that's one of the issues on which the lawsuits are based."

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February 24, 2022

Save Our Capitol Rally

KSBW 8 (ABC) Action News

"The group wants to preserve the original features during demolition. They are also trying to keep trees in the area which are set to be relocated."

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February 25, 2022

Group Voices Opposition to State Capitol Annex Project

CBS 13 / Good Day Sacramento

"Organizers say, the new visitor’s center will negatively impact public access and future public activities on the West steps."

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February 24, 2022

Save Our Capitol Rally

KCRA 3 (NBC) News

"We think it could be done in a much less expensive way, the whole construction, also without removing the trees that you see being removed and set up to be relocated."

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February 24, 2022

Tour of Capitol Annex Project

FOX40 News

"They say the new visitor’s center will impact public access and future public activities on the West step; and a new underground parking garage along 12th street will impact both N and L street."

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February 24, 2022

The Phil Cowan Show

By Phil Cowan
KTKZ-AM

"I was just kind of shaking my head that a sensible and sadly, I think that happens all too often with the relationship between voters and government these days, sensible proposals are never even considered."

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March 23, 2022

Groups Look to Save Historic Capitol Annex in Sacramento

KSRO News

"The group Save Our Capitol continue to speak out against the project citing its $1.4-billion dollar price and insist there is a better way."

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February 17, 2022

The Andy Caldwell Show

By Andy Caldwell
KZSB-AM, KSMA-AM & FM, KWWV-FM

"It's basically just the Joint Rules Committee, three people, you know, behind closed doors, just pushing this thing through."

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February 14, 2022

Letter Urging State Leadership to Comply with State Law

By Richard Cowan & Paula Peper
Save Our Capitol!

"... urgently calling upon the JRC and DGS to promptly comply with State law and to submit a summary of the Capitol Annex project to OHP for its review before demolishing the historic Capitol building..."

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February 13, 2022

Sacramento’s pricy Capitol Annex project

By Jon Coupal
Southern California News Group

"But rather than rehabilitate the Annex, the Legislature is bulldozing ahead with a demolish-and-rebuild plan to erect swanky new digs fit for a tech titan."

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February 10, 2022

Capitol Annex Project on The Lou Desmond & Company Show

By Lou Desmond
KMET-AM

"... if you are building an office building to get the people's work done. No spas, no gyms, no beautiful sit down restaurants, because it's not an appropriate use of the money."

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February 11, 2022

California's $1.4 Billion Capitol Annex Project

By Jennifer Horn
AB 870 The Answer

"A supermajority of Californians are vehemently speaking out against the expensive re-do and are calling on Californians to join in to #StopTheDemolition."

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February 6, 2022

The Voice of the Foothills: Capitol Annex Project

By Charlie Simons
KAHI-AM

"It’s absolutely unconscionable to me. I sure appreciate you taking the time to let us all know about it. I think we need to get a little progress report from you. How much time do we got? When are they making this decision supposedly?"

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February 3, 2022

New poll warns majority of CA opposes $1.4B Capitol Annex Project

By Matt Prichard
KUSI-TV

"... they don’t need to be building new. The building will adequately fit. All we have to do is do a rehabilitation on it."

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February 2, 2022

Good Morning Monterey Bay: Capitol Annex Project

By Rosemary Chalmers
KSCO-AM

But unfortunately, Mr. Cooley got started down the road on demolition, and now I think he’s a little embarrassed to backtrack."

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February 1, 2022

Preservation, environmental groups press for Capitol project restraint ahead of “imminent” demolition

By Sarah Downey
Northern California Record

Cowan noted that numerous environmental, taxpayer and other stakeholder groups have long pressed for more transparency from lawmakers, concerned that a commitment to demolition was made without thorough review.

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January 30, 2022

KNX Morning News with Bob Brill: Capitol Annex Project

By Bob Brill
KNX Morning News

"Over the 70-year life of the Annex, they’ve failed to upgrade it, so they now say, 'Wow it needs a lot of help, let’s tear it down.'"

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January 30, 2022

Taxifornia: California's Capitol Annex Project

By Jim Lacy & Don Romano
KABC-AM

"You know, it’s extraordinary. I just think that is shows the arrogance, the grandiosity of these so-called leaders we have in California. That’s about all I have to say about that."

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January 27, 2022

Letter by Raymond Girvigian to State Leadership re: Capitol Annex Project

By Raymond Girvigian, FAIA

"The Capitol Annex Project has not been reviewed by the various state agencies, including the Office of Historic Preservation, the State Historical Building Safety Board, and the Historic State Capitol Commission, as required by applicable statutes."

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January 26, 2022

Sacramento News Radio

By Nikka Magahis
KFBK News Radio

"... taxpayers shouldn’t be burdened with these extra costs when less expensive alternatives are available. In a recent survey commissioned by the group, 76% of people oppose the project."

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January 19, 2022

Super Majority of Californians Oppose $1.4B Capitol Annex Project as Planned

By Save Our Capitol!

More than three-quarters (76.6%) of Californians oppose the state Legislature’s plan to spend $1.4 billion in taxpayer dollars to demolish the historic Capitol Annex and build extravagant new legislative office spaces, a visitor center, and an underground parking garage.

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January 19, 2022

Majority of Californians Oppose the Capitol Annex Project

By Save Our Capitol!

A majority of Californians (61.2%) support rehabilitating the historic Annex in its existing footprint.

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January 13, 2022

Save the annex, save half a billion dollars

By Quentin Kopp
CalMatters

"So why won’t legislators consider spending at least $500 million fewer taxpayer dollars on a safe and functional office space? It’s hard to know since the approval process ignored the California Environmental Quality Act."

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December 19, 2021

California forum letters: Bee readers take on PG&E, Capitol Annex Project, police pensions

By The Sacramento Bee

"Those of us who oppose the Capitol Annex Project do not oppose it because it will destroy a unique mid-century modern historic building, but because rehabilitation is completely feasible, cheaper and better for the environment."

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December 18, 2021

Dozens Call to Stop New State Capitol Annex Project

By Good Day Sacramento

"Those against the demolition... also fear the project will ruin the character of capitol park and even impact future events on the West Steps."

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December 17, 2021

Calls to Stop New State Capitol Annex Project

By CBS 13 News

"Those against the demolition call the project a waste of money saying that the existing building is solid and can be renovated to meet the needs of Capitol staff."

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December 17, 2021

Capitol Annex Project Concerns

By FOX 40 News

"Preservationists, environmentalists, and tree experts hosted a public walking tour of Capitol Park. They say that project will negatively impact 100 big trees and are concerned of security risks associated with that new Annex."

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December 3, 2021

Capitol annex renovations to cost taxpayers nearly $1B

By Anisca Miles, Ashley Zavala
FOX 40 News

Lawmakers say they expect the bulldozing to begin around March 2022, depending on how the courts rule in the multiple lawsuits filed against the project. “The legislature’s job was to maintain that building for the last 70 years, but they didn’t do that..."

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December 2, 2021

Save Our Capitol! Files Lawsuit Against Joint Committee on Rules and Department of General Services

By Save Our Capitol!

"SOC’s purpose in bringing the suit is singular: to force the JRC and the DGS to follow the law that requires them to consult with the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) concerning the Capitol Annex Project..."

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December 2, 2021

From Earl Warren to Gavin Newsom, governors worked this building. Its demolition nears

By Hannah Wiley
The Sacramento Bee

“There’s no question that the annex needs renovation, rehabilitation,” Peper said. “... there is a history that will be lost. My personal thought is move to the swing space, enjoy it. And renovate the existing annex.”

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December 2, 2021

California to spend nearly $100M to fortify state Capitol following Jan. 6 attacks in Washington

By Dustin Gardiner
San Francisco Chronicle

"Demolition on the old Annex is expected to start early next year, pending the outcome of lawsuits filed by activists who say the project could displace rare and historic trees on the Capitol grounds."

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November 12, 2021

Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief

By Save Our Capitol!

"Plaintiff Save Our Capitol! ("SOC")... seeks to enjoin the imminent demolition, and planned reconstruction, of California's historic Capitol Annex building... as unlawful, pending Defendants' full compliance with California Public Resources Code ("PRC") Sections 5024 and 5024.5.

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December 1, 2021

California lawmakers vacate the Capitol annex, but lawsuits leave its future uncertain

By Nicole Nixon
Capital Public Radio

"Milford Wayne Donaldson, a preservation architect who advised the Obama administration and former governors Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger, accused Cooley and other state officials of not making a genuine effort to save the historic annex."

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November 30, 2021

New digs — and a hefty price tag — for legislative office space

By Uriel Espinoza-Pacheco
Capitol Weekly

“The Legislature, they’ve been a poor steward. And it’s always been too inconvenient to do that upgrade. To me, it’s a little wrong to say now, ‘We should tear it down because of these needs, which we’ve ignored over the years.’”

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November 28, 2021

California forum letters: Demolition by Neglect

By Richard Cowan
The Sacramento Bee

"Had the Legislature consulted the state historic preservation officer early in its planning as required by law, she could have warned them that this dishonored practice is used so often by greedy developers. It has a name: Demolition by neglect."

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November 17, 2021

Save Our Capitol Rally

By FOX 40 News

"People rallied at the State Capitol to protest changes that are in the works there. That group, Save Our Capitol!, says that renovations planned for the Capitol Annex would potentially demolish the East Annex Building and eliminate more than 100 trees in the process."

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November 17, 2021

Rally Against Proposed State Capitol Construction Project

By Good Day Sacramento

"People rallied at the State Capitol to protest the construction project of the building itself - the Capitol. Organizers of Save Our Capitol Rally say the Capitol Annex Project is shortsighted and unnecessary."

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November 17, 2021

"Save Our Capitol" Rally Protest Demolition and Tree Removal

By KCRA 3 (NBC) News

"A rally outside the State Capitol targeted the governor and lawmakers. The group says they are violating state law with a $1.4 billion plan to demolish the Capitol Annex and remove trees."

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November 18, 2021

California’s $1.2 billion Capitol renovation is underway. Activists are still trying to halt it

By Hannah Wiley
The Sacramento Bee

“Yes, it’s a 70-year-old building. But the state knows how to rehabilitate old buildings,” ... “The Legislature, they’ve been a poor steward. And it’s always been too inconvenient to do that upgrade..."

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November 17, 2021

‘This is an incredibly important place.’ Why protesters oppose Capitol Annex project

By Paul Kitagaki, Jr.
The Sacramento Bee

Environmental and historic preservation activists protest on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, the demolition of the Capitol Annex – the east wing of the statehouse – and the removal of a number of historic trees from Capitol Park in Sacramento.

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November 14, 2021

Rally: Wednesday, November 17 on West Steps

By Save Our Capitol!

The time is NOW. Join Save Our Capitol! and Public Accountability for Our Capitol on Wednesday, November 17 at 11:00am on the West Steps to stop the destruction of the historic Capitol Annex and surrounding Park. The voice of the people must be heard.

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November 5, 2021

Urgent Request to Comply with State Law re: Capitol Annex Project

By Save Our Capitol!

The California Department of General Services (DGS) has not complied with state law regarding the Capitol Annex Project, although a fleet of demolition equipment is mobilizing around the Capitol Annex.

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October 24, 2021

Capitol Excess

By Judd Spicer
California Business Journal
October 24, 2021

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.

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October 15, 2021

State Lawmakers Choose Style Over Security for Capitol Annex Project

By Michael Leighton

The Independent

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.

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October 15, 2021

Capitol Waste Indeed

By Bruce Lee

Carmichael Times

It should not be too much to ask that a luxury project which sidelines the needs of Californians should itself be sidelined.

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October 8, 2021

Letter to Governor Newsom

By Save Our Capitol!

Considering the Annex is at 70 years of age, the need for major improvements is a given. However, the opportunity exists to rehabilitate the Annex rather than to demolish this historic site.

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October 1, 2021

Sacramento Patch Notebook

Sacramento Patch
Jeri Karges

Controversy is a-brewin' at the Capitol.

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September 29, 2021

Time is Short to Save Our State Capitol

By Public Accountability for Our Capitol

More than 60 trees, including many massive historic trees, will be removed and others threatened. All at a staggering cost of up to $1 billion, using General Fund monies sorely needed for our state’s infrastructure and economic recovery.

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August 5, 2021

"Save the Capitol, Save the Trees" Files Environmental Lawsuit Against California Department of General Services Challenging Pre-Commitment to the Proposed Capitol Annex Project

By Save Our Capitol!

The public-interest association filed the Petition for Writ of Mandamus on Friday, July 9, to enforce existing environmental laws and protect the legacy of the Golden State's historic Capitol Annex and Park.

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July 23, 2021

Critics of Billion Dollar California Capitol Project Want More Transparency

The Epoch Times
By Jamie Joseph

California state lawmakers are preparing to demolish and reconstruct part of the state’s historic Capitol grounds to add more office spaces, costing somewhere between $775 million to $1.2 billion, according to critics.

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July 21, 2021

2021 Arborist's Report

Tree Inventory and Impact Assessment Report related to the Proposed Double T Expanded Annex Footprint at the California State Capitol and Capitol Park. Prepared by Dr. Kent Julian, ISA Certified Arborist & California Professional Forester.

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July 10, 2021

Environmentalists sue to block demolition of the California Capitol annex

The Sacramento Bee

By Hannah Wiley

“How tragic that after the Joint Rules Committee failed for decades to maintain and upgrade our world-recognized Capitol Annex, Californians are now asked to accept needless demolition to make it safe and useful again,” Richard Cowan.

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July 9, 2021

Lawsuit filed against Capitol Annex Project

Sacramento Business Journal

By Ben van der Meer

"... the suit in Sacramento County Superior Court states that the memorandum of understanding for the project calls for demolishing the existing annex and building in its place, causing impacts that aren't mitigated."

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June 15, 2021

Public Accountability for our Capitol AB 706 Opposition Letter

"The nearly $1 billion Capitol Annex Project is being decided in private by only three voting members: two legislators and one Governor's representative. This governance structure prevents the public from knowing what decisions are being made and how they are made."

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June 15, 2021

Business, environmental groups push for Capitol Annex Project transparency

By Sarah Downey

Northern California Record

"A coalition of business and environmental leaders oppose the project and question how the Capitol Annex, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, could possibly be demolished."

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June 4, 2021

The Capitol Annex Project: Demolition by Neglect

The Andy Caldwell Show

"If this were a private developer who owned a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as this one is, and they came to the State Historic Preservation Officer with this idea, they’d be kicked out of the office."

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June 2, 2021

Saving California's "front porch"

The DeMaio Report

"Our idea is that we ought to take a few steps back, and truly plan the Capitol Annex Project in a transparent way."

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May 25, 2021

A Capital Idea?

The Phil Cowan Show

"Although the legislature funded the cash to build the project at one time, as COVID hit California, those funds were swept out of that fund. And so, now the plan is to sell bonds which of course increases the cost tremendously."

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May 18, 2021

More than 230 Small Businesses in California Oppose the Capitol Annex Project

By Save Our Capitol!

Why are our state’s elected officials prioritizing a billion-dollar luxury project when small businesses like ours are still reeling from the pandemic?


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May 13, 2021

AB 706 Sets Bad Precedent for Future of Capitol Annex Project

By Save Our Capitol!

The Capitol Annex Project is being managed through a dictatorship, not a democracy – and Californians deserve better.  

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May 12, 2021

PAC Letter Opposing AB 706 (Cooley)

By Public Accountability for Our Capitol

PAC is opposed to AB 706 (Cooley) because it is trying to correct authority granted in AB 1826, an urgency measure, which appropriated $20 million for renovating and restoring the historic State Capitol.

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May 2, 2021

Sunday Morning Newsmakers: Capitol Annex Project

KRLA Sunday Morning Newsmakers

By Larry Marino

Alongside another Commission member who resigned, Dick Cowan and others founded the Public Accountability for Our Capitol to get legislators to pause and replan the Capitol Annex Project.

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April 21, 2021

Examining the California State Capitol Annex Project Update & FAQs

By Save Our Capitol!

On April 8, 2021, the California Joint Committee on Rules distributed a memo to all legislative staff containing an update and FAQs about the Capitol Annex Project. Are the answers accurate? Save Our Capitol! takes a look...

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April 15, 2021

What's happening next with the Capitol Annex rebuild

By Ben van der Meer

Sacramento Business Journal

With less than six months before its current occupants begin moving into a new state office building to the south, replacing the Capitol Annex is beginning to see more opposition.

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April 12, 2021

Part of a storied era in California politics, James Mills helped preserve California and its history

By George Skelton
Los Angeles Times

"One of his last preservation efforts was opposing the current under-the-radar $1-billion project to replace the state Capitol annex. It needs repairs and updating but not the planned demolition that would tarnish the Capitol’s grandeur."

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March 22, 2021

Capitol Annex Project Met with Criticism

By Mike Blount
NewsRadio KFBK

A project to demolish the State Capitol Annex and build an underground parking garage visitor center in its place is being met with criticism from a group who say it's too costly and environmentally irresponsible.

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March 22, 2021

Capitol Project Controversy

By KCRA News

"A lot of people may not have heard of the project, but a group is working to change that. They met on the steps of the State Capitol today and they say the state cannot afford this project and it will damage or destroy more than 100 historic trees."

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