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

(Sacramento, CA) – Save Our Capitol! today issued the following statement regarding the matter of Save Our Capitol! vs. California Department of General Services (DGS) and Joint Committee on Rules of the California State Senate and Assembly (JRC):

“The State of California should not proceed with the Capitol Annex Project, which disregards the California Environmental Quality Act’s (CEQA) requirement of transparency and protections of the public interest.

“Because of its inadequate disclosures and ever-changing information, the Project description set the stage for a deficient EIR. For example, the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) admittedly lacked ‘detailed information on the exterior appearance of the new Annex and how it would integrate with the Historic Capitol Building.’

“DGS and JRC claim that because the DEIR disclosed that it lacked adequate information to analyze the true nature of the Project’s impacts—and because DGS later made unilateral determinations about those impacts in the Final Environmental Impact Report—the Project description was adequate. Not so.

“Despite CEQA violations—as stated in our appeal—the state of California is moving forward with the more than $1.2 billion Project.”

A hearing on the case before the Third Appellate District is scheduled for 9:30am on November 14, 2022, at the Mosk Library and Courts Building in Sacramento, California.