Before GAS became EX-GAS, one of his final victories was arranging a deal to sell 11 of the 24 state buildings that he placed on the market under the guise of fiscal austerity. This deal included several pieces of Sacramento real estate: The East End Complex, Attorney General Building, Emergency Management Agency Building, Franchise Tax Board Complex, and Department of Justice Building. Their sale was blocked in December by a state appellate court.
Luckily, a new administration means a chance to reverse this decision before it costs California billions.
George Skelton, the sage of California politics, calls it “perhaps the worst real estate deal the state of California has ever concocted.” The Legislative Analyst’s Office calculated that California would lose $1.5-$2.5 billion on the sale during the negotiated 20-year lease in exchange for a one-time cash infusion of $1.3 billion to the General Fund. Why would GAS cut such a terrible deal?
The same reason he did a lot of things: To screw with the unions.
Selling the buildings means no union janitors, no unions electricians, no union cafeteria workers, no union security, no union maintenance…. one step closer to his Utopian vision of a state government free from his worst enemy since Bennett from Commando.
Drop Jerry a line here and tell him that we like our state buildings the way they are, except for the killer mold and the gargoyle that feasts on tourists. Those should really go. Whether or not you like unions, you shouldn’t like billions in wasted tax money just to purchase a little spite.