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Despite California's budget crisis, the Assembly was able to squeeze out $13,650 to install the Assembly's official seal on members' doors in a project begun last winter and expected to be completed this week.

State Department of General Services employees have nearly finished installing 78 seals with 18-by-18-inch matte casings that can be opened to serve as signboards for lawmakers wanting to display political, patriotic or other messages to passers-by.

Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, and Majority Floor Leader Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, did not receive the $175 displays because their offices are located in the historic section of the Capitol where front doors are kept bare.

The purpose of installing seals was to create uniformity, ending the practice of Assembly members covering their door, from top to bottom, with budget protests or messages ranging from "Support The Troops" to "Don't Tax Tractors."

One goal, said Assembly administrator Jon Waldie, was to ensure that Capitol hallways "wouldn't look like a dorm."


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