Capitol Weekly Podcast: Revisiting the Capitol Annex

Dismantling the apse on the back of the State Capitol. 1949

In our discussion with lobbyist and author Chris Micheli last month we touched on the status of the Capitol Annex Project, the billion-dollar-plus update to the historic state capitol that is currently underway. While the legislature and Governor have already moved, and construction has begun, lawsuits are challenging the legality of the effort and could the halt the Annex Project. What happens then?

Our guests today, Dick Cowan and Paula Peper, are leaders in the effort to halt the Capitol Annex Project – they are former members of the Historic State Capitol Commission and offer their perspective on why the plans for overhauling the state’s Capitol need to be rethought.

Episode Notes

1:18 What happens now?

4:58 The lawsuits

7:14 CEQA?

8:19 What is the timeline?

10:27 The trees of Capitol Park

15:59 A look at the plan in place

19:58 Can the legislature override a court decision?

23:50 Is the Apse coming back?

29:16 WWCA

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