The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 17, 2011
Photographer takes artistic license with BOE building troubles

State worker Stacy Garrett, who is also a photography student at the Academy of Art University of San Francisco, used her camera and Photoshop skills to create a picture commentary on the mold, water, toxic worries and elevator breakdowns at the Board of Equalization headquarters.

Garrett took the shot of the BOE's 450 N St. building and model Jessi Carrige on Sunday afternoon. Then she superimposed the "For Sale" sign, which had been shot separately, and digitally rendered the text. The picture fulfilled a class assignment to use text and context to tell a story.

"In light of BOE's troubles, I thought I'd just 'help' by giving my idea of how to market the building if it goes up for sale," Garrett said in an e-mail exchange giving us permission to post the photo The State Worker blog.
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August 18, 2009
Pension talk the topic of Bee editorial and cartoon

The Bee's editorial board weighs in on recent comments by a CalPERS Chief Actuary Ron Seeling, who said, "We are facing decades without significant turnarounds in assets, decades of - what I myself, my personal words, nobody else's - unsustainable pension costs."

Click here for the editorial, "Even CalPERS sees a pension problem."

Editorial cartoonist Rex Babin added his take, and our sister blog, Capitol Alert, has that. You can see it here.

August 3, 2009
License plate with a message

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Bee colleague Daniel Weintraub took this photo on Interstate 5 Saturday morning and passed it on to us. Click here to see it more closely.

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