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The California State Legislature's Capitol Annex Project will dramatically reshape the Historic State Capitol and damage the surrounding Capitol Park and its gathering spaces.
This project will cost over $1 billion during a time when California is facing job losses, budget deficits, and extreme wildfires.
The project will:
- demolish and replace the Legislature’s existing Historic Capitol Annex Building, even though it is on the National Register of Historic Places
- excavate the West Plaza of the Capitol to build an underground visitor center; and
- excavate and build an underground parking garage in Capitol Park exclusively for Legislators and high-ranking Executive officials
The Project will cost $1 billion – to be repaid from the State’s General Fund for the next 25 years. It will be built as the State is facing multiple crises of Pandemic, recession, catastrophic wildfires, and disruption of education and commerce at all levels.
The trees of California State Capitol Park are unique specimens from around the world. Many were planted over 150 years ago and tower over 100 feet high, providing beauty, shade and respite for local residents, workers, and visitors alike. Although the Project design is evolving, the work will remove up to 100 of these lovely and historic giants. The public has not been told which trees will be saved, cut down, or endangered.
The Project will destroy the broad vista of the West Plaza – long the gathering place for Californians who petition their government.
The project will destroy a Nationally registered Historic Building, a wonderful example of Mid-century Modern architecture.
What’s worse is this Project was planned with minimal public input or communication. Documents have been withheld from the public and watchdog groups.
Briefly here are the major problems
Briefly here are the solutions
Save Capitol Park trees with alternative parking solutions
Adaptively re-use Capitol Annex, PAC analysis = 20% savings
Use swing space indefinitely while project adjusts to reality
There are better alternative parking solutions
The absolute minimum of public transparency has been given this project
Public Accountability for Our Capitol
Our Hardworking Team
We are a team of volunteer citizens
working to preserve our Capitol and Park
PURPOSE: To develop press, public opinion, and legal pressure to get key legislators to replan the Capitol Annex Project to:
- Save money to reflect the prolonged health, climate change, and economic crises California is facing
- Reassess legislative space needs in light of increased telecommuting
- Welcome public scrutiny and input
- Avoid the loss of trees and parkland due to a parking garage
- Reassess the need for a new visitor center.
- Keep the West public gathering space intact
- Make the historic Annex safe and functional without demolition, and
- Fully address the concerns of impacted Tribal Communities.
Sacramento Tree Foundation
Trees for Sacramento
California Preservation Foundation
Sacramento City of Trees
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