The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 13, 2010
Moldy BOE headquarters bill passes Assembly committee

Members of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee unanimously passed AB 151 -- the moldy state building bill -- on a 7-0 vote after a brief hearing Monday.

The bill, co-authored by Assemblyman Dave Jones, D-Sacramento, and Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, would authorize the Board of Equalization and its 2,900 workers to move out of its downtown headquarters and into newer office space in the region.

The Bee told you about this saga in Saturday's newspaper. To read it, click here.

BOE boss Ramon Hirsig wants out of the state office tower at 450 N St., saying his agency's work is being constantly disrupted by leaks, floods, endless mold and troubled elevators.

Three-quarters of his staff told their union in a survey they want to move out -- permanently.

The bill was sent to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, whose own members must approve it before the end of the month if the legislation is to move forward in the Senate.

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