The Department of General Services, which acts as the landlord of the 450 N St. property, has poured millions of dollars into the building and has said that the fixes would bring the space up to standards.
Still, the five-member board, BOE Executive Director Kristine Cazadd and many of the 2,900 staff who work in the building think it's time to move. Here's an email from one of them, BOE employee Annie Mac. We're publishing her words, unedited and with her permission:
I work for the State of California, at the Board of Equalization headquarters, and I deserve to be treated better by the State.
BOE collects about 35% of the revenues that support vital state programs that Californians rely on every day, such as schools, colleges, and hospitals.
BOE headquarters has been riddled with health and safety issues for years. Recently, windows have fallen out of the building, elevators have failed, trapping employees inside, and mold has been found in the system that circulates air throughout the building.
When will the State take this seriously? We are potentially exposed to hazardous conditions every day, which could result in headaches, respiratory dysfunction and liver damage; we are also psychologically impacted every day by a hounding uncertainty about what will happen next. I fear it will require a preventable tragedy to persuade the State to move us into a safer building.
PHOTO: The Board of Equalization's 24-story headquarters in Downtown Sacramento. Jay Mather / Sacramento Bee, 2005