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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March 22, 2021

Preservation Architect Letter Submitted to Joint Committee on Rules

By Mark Hulbert

Preservation Architect and Historic Research Consultant

"The choice is between erasing or embracing a central part of California’s history."

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March 22, 2021

Lawmakers plan major demolition at California State Capitol

By Brandon Rittiman

ABC10

Leaders of the California legislature are pushing to demolish and replace a 1950’s annex building attached to the Capitol to make more space.

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March 22, 2021

California lawmakers consider proposal for new billion-dollar Capitol Annex building

By ABC10

California state lawmakers are considering a billion-dollar project to demolish and replace the 1950's annex on the East side of the Capitol building, which houses the Governor's office and legislator offices and hearing rooms.

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March 22, 2021

Preservationists, Environmentalists, and Small Businesses Protest Demolition of State Capitol

By Save Our Capitol!

"The Capitol Annex is in need of upgrades and repairs, but the California Legislature's Joint Committee on Rules ... has put off making those upgrades and repairs for nearly seventy years... Destroying the Golden State's history is not a solution."

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March 21, 2021

Capitol Annex Project: No transparency and too costly

By Dick Cowan

Capitol Weekly

"I resigned (from the commission) in protest so I would be free to let the public know what was taking place at the taxpayers’ expense."

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February 24, 2021

Former Assemblymembers Oppose Capitol Annex Project

By California Capitol Historic Preservation Society

"That's the result of stepping on the toes of the past preservationist Senate leaders Jim Mills and Nick Petris, who fought to restore and save the historic Capitol," the former UC Regent commented.

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February 3, 2021

A colossal waste of money

By W. Bruce Lee

Sacramento News & Review

"Even without the COVID crisis, the Capitol Annex project is a stunning waste of taxpayer dollars, especially when the state has so many pressing matters that need to be addressed."

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January 31, 2021

California’s Luxury State Capitol Robs Taxpayers, Lacks Transparency

By Michael Turnipseed

InsideSources

"The Capitol Annex Project is a wasteful venture that needs to be put on hold."

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January 29, 2021

Capitol annex project: A textbook example of a boondoggle

By Quentin L. Kopp

Capitol Weekly

"I don’t believe the state can afford to use lease revenue bond money for a billion-dollar project while Californians struggle to survive during an unprecedented pandemic."

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January 25, 2021

Preservationists, Environmentalists, Tribal, Small Business, and Taxpayers Advocates Sound Off on Billion Dollar Capitol Annex Project

By Save Our Capitol!

See what preservationists, environmentalists, small business, and taxpayers are saying about the costly project.

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January 11, 2021

California Legislature’s Return Met With Calls to Stop the $1 Billion Capitol Annex Project

Organizations opposing the “Capitol Annex Project” are today urging legislators to focus on the needs of Californians and businesses recovering from COVID-19 hardships rather than wasting taxpayer dollars on a palatial project for legislators and lobbyists.

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January 10, 2021

Stop the Billion-Dollar Demolition and Rebuild project!

State Legislators want taxpayers to pay for luxurious new offices for themselves, the Governor, and Lieutenant Governor. The Project would use revenue bonds for funding which would cost 30% more in interest on the debt over 30 years.

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January 10, 2021

Stop the Blockade of the West Steps and Plaza

State Legislators want taxpayers to pay for luxurious new offices for themselves, the Governor, and Lieutenant Governor. The Project would use revenue bonds for funding which would cost 30% more in interest on the debt over 30 years.

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January 10, 2021

Save Our Capitol Trees

“Development of proposed Capitol projects would require removal of 108 mature trees and likely cause significant damage to an additional 55 mature trees. Construction of the underground facilities will limit root growth and stability of future trees.”

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January 9, 2021

Arborist Report: 2020 Tree Inventory

2020 Tree Inventory | California State Capitol Museum | Sacramento, California

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January 6, 2021

Make your voice heard: A Free Public Forum to Mobilize Action

By California Preservation Foundation

Preservationists, small business advocates, government watchdogs, and environmentalists are opposing this project, and CPF is holding this public forum to inform and engage people so they can take action.

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December 29, 2020

Construction, politics, secrecy clash in Capitol project

By Capitol Weekly

A fight is brewing in the Capitol – about the Capitol. It’s all about plans to build a new Visitors Center beneath the domed West Wing and demolish the 68-year-old East Annex, replacing it with one of three proposed buildings.

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December 16, 2020

Letters: Delta tunnel, Sacramento Zoo, Biden, coronavirus, homeless

By Sacramento News & Review

Our leaders should be focused on helping California’s small businesses, rather than cushioning their offices at the Capitol and stripping us of valuable dollars.

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December 15, 2020

Setting the Record Straight on the Capitol Building Boondoggle

By Save Our Capitol!

While politicians claim their costly project is necessary, facts prove otherwise.

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December 14, 2020

Sacramento Taxpayers Association Opposes Costly and Unnecessary Remodel of Capitol Annex

By Sacramento Taxpayers Association

The Sacramento Taxpayers Association (SacTax) joins Save Our Capitol! alongside preservationists, small business advocates, government watchdogs, and environmentalists in opposing a project to demolish and rebuild the Capitol Annex.

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December 4, 2020

FAQ: The Billion Dollar Vanity Project

By Save Our Capitol!

Californians are weathering a pandemic, historic wildfires, and an economic crisis, but state lawmakers believe the Capitol Annex project is still worth pursuing. So, what is it and who will it really serve? We have answers.

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November 20, 2020

Former Legislators Oppose Capitol Annex Project

By California Capitol Historic Preservation Society

Four former California legislators joined leading architectural and park preservationists to call upon the Legislative leadership against spending over a billion dollars to demolish and rebuild the historic State Capitol East Annex.

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November 20, 2020

Take action to Save Our Capitol!

By Save Our Capitol!

We're working to ensure the building that houses our halls of government is safe and functional, while making sure our elected officials prioritize the needs of an entire state in crisis. Will you join us?

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November 16, 2020

California Doesn’t Need to Build a Taj Mahal for the Governor and Members of Legislature

By Republicans of River City

"The taxpayers of California don't need to spend a billion dollars for members of the state legislature to sit in a Taj Mahal."

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November 5, 2020

ICYMI: California’s Department of Finance Implements Permanent 5-percent Spending Reduction Across Departmental Offices

By Save Our Capitol!

On November 3, 2020, the Department of Finance sent Budget Letter 20-37 to state agencies and department heads calling for immediate actions to reduce costs while maximizing the efficiency of state operations.

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October 30, 2020

California Preservationists, Environmentalists, and Small Business Supporters Call for a Stop to the Extravagant and Unnecessary Capitol Annex Demolition

By Save Our Capitol!

As California reels from humanitarian and economic crises, Save Our Capitol! urges Governor Newsom and the Legislature to pursue less costly Capitol restoration alternatives and direct critical state funding to struggling communities.

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October 26, 2020

No Annexation Without Representation

Sactown Magazine
By Rob Turner

A billion-dollar plan to demolish and rebuild the State Capitol annex... is at least partly ill-conceived and entirely ill-timed. But there is the potential to create something great, if we just invite more people into “the people’s house.”

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October 27, 2020

Stop The Demolition!

By Save Our Capitol!

The California Legislature is bulldozing ahead with the Joint Rules Committee's (JRC) billion-dollar demolition and rebuild project.

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October 26, 2020

Sacramento’s most famous landmark is getting a makeover

The Sacramento Bee
By Hannah Wiley

The California Capitol is on track to get a makeover despite the economic fallout of the new recession, with plans to bulldoze the east wing office annex and replace it with an updated model by 2025.

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