(Sacramento, CA) – Richard “Dick” Cowan, past chair of the Historic State Capitol Commission, today issued the following statement on behalf of Save Our Capitol!:
“We are heartened to see the results out of AD 07 and offer congratulations to Assemblymember-elect Joshua Hoover on his win. Earlier this year, Save Our Capitol! released a poll that found a strong majority—76.6%—of Californians oppose the Capitol Annex Project led by Assemblymember Ken Cooley as Chair of the Joint Committee on Rules.
“Clearly, AD 07 constituents felt the same, rebuking Cooley and his wasteful Project that aims to excavate the iconic West Lawn, Plaza, and Steps, demolish the historic Capitol Annex, and replace it with an incompatible glass-building which overshadows the Capitol.
“Particularly at a time when the state is facing a budget deficit, we need leadership to practice fiscal prudence by halting the current $1.2B+ Project and instead move forward with a less than $500 million rehabilitation of the Annex to make it modern and safe for elected officials and all Californians.”