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    Experts To Host Tour Highlighting Impact Planned Capitol Annex Project Will Have On California’s Historic Capitol Park

    WHAT: 

    As California lawmakers and the Department of General Services (DGS) continue to bulldoze ahead with the illegal Capitol Annex Project, past chairs and commissioners of the Historic State Capitol Commission along with historic preservationists, architects, and tree experts will host a public walking tour to highlight the significant and lasting changes the ill-conceived Project will have on Capitol Park. Specifically, the tour will highlight the following:

    • History of the historic Capitol Annex and Capitol Park
    • Footprint of the new Annex and footprint required for its construction
    • Changes to the 1860’s restored Capitol as a result of the new visitor center
    • How the new visitor center negatively impacts public access and future public activities on the West Steps
    • Site of the new underground parking lot along 12thStreet, impacting both N and L Streets
    • Ecosystem benefits of Capitol Park as the Legislature continues to promote “vigorous” climate change agenda and bills
    • Removed and impacted trees, including a description of the existing 50/50 success rate for transplantation of trees in Capitol Park
    • Cost of new Annex and Swing Building vs. renovation and rehabilitation of historic Annex 

    WHEN: 

    Public walking tour will occur on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 11:00am PDT

    MEDIA: 

    Media-only preview will occur on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 11:00am PDT; a thumb drive will be provided, which includes publishable images and information for articles and television segments

    WHERE: 

    Civil War Memorial Grove (just East of the Annex)

    Near the intersection of 12th and N Streets, Sacramento, CA 95814

    WHO: 

    Wayne Donaldson, Former Chair, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (appointed by President Barack Obama)

    Paula Peper, Former Commissioner, State Historic Capitol Commission; Retired Research Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service

    Dick Cowan, Former Chair, State Historic Capitol Commission

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    Public Accountability for Our Capitol is a coalition of nonprofit organizations and advocates with expertise in historic preservation, legislative advocacy, and environmental issues, working together to protect and to preserve our State Capitol and its surrounding Park. Learn more by visiting www.SaveCalCap.org.

    CONTACT: Kaitlin Perry

    [email protected] 916.834.1300


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