Renovations are coming to the Capitol

Assemblymember Marie Waldron
AD-75 (R)

As a member of the Joint Rules Committee, we have been tasked with directing an upgrade or replacement for the rapidly deteriorating State Capitol Building Annex. The building was designed in the late 1940s and completed in 1952 at a cost of $7.5 million. Originally intended to house a part-time Legislature, the Annex is home to the offices of the Governor and Lt. Governor, 115 of California’s 120 lawmakers, along with 1,400 executive branch and legislative staff.

California’s main Capitol building, completed in 1874, is a historic treasure. However, after World War II it became obvious that the old building wasn’t large enough to handle the needs of a growing state. The Annex, at approximately 365,000 square feet, solved that problem for decades.

Safety issues are a primary concern. Last year, the Annex was visited by 1.5 to 2 million people, including tens of thousands of school children. The Annex contains hazardous building materials such as asbestos and lacks adequate fire protection. There are electrical wiring and ductwork issues along with deteriorating galvanized sewer and drainage lines. Today, the building is overcrowded and fails to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility standards. The Annex was built long before computers, photocopiers and cell phones, with rows of empty wooden phone booths still dominating some of the hallways. Many of the building’s “key systems are in the 65th year of their expected 50 year useful life.”

The old Capitol building was extensively upgraded in the 1970s and 80s, but these upgrades did not include the Annex. Modernizing technology, enhancing visitor access and upgrading safety compliance will bring “the people’s house” into the 21st century.

2 Responses to "Renovations are coming to the Capitol"

  1. DLM   September 1, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Wow if extra monies are needed feel free to raise the gas tax and pay roll tax. LOL

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  2. grunt   September 6, 2017 at 8:14 am

    California has by far the most staff to legislator; the median for the 50 states is about 4, we have about 18. Reduce the staff and use their salaries to pay for upkeep. the staff in CA legislature median income is higher than all but 4 counties in CA; again – as I have said before – public service should NOT be among the highest paid. Our legislature make $104K – a fair salary, but many staffers make more than that! Why does the boss get less than those that work for him/her?

    Each time Sacramento wants something taxes and fees go up, then I have to forego something I want or need to pay for it. Public service salaries are out of control; Their are too many positions in the public service that do not benefit Californians, and not enough in positions that we need. (Look at the lines in DMV)

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