Monday, February 23, 2009

This Pretty Much Says It All...

...about the California budget crisis. From this morning's Matier and Ross column in the San Francisco Chronicle:

The office: State Sen. Abel Maldonado got a lot of ink by slamming Controller John Chiang for spending nearly $1 million on new office furniture while the state was going over the financial cliff.

Well, Maldonado got his wish - which was for the money to go bye-bye.

It turns out, however, that the new furniture was to go into new, cheaper offices the controller had leased.

So now, there's a problem. Chiang can't cancel the lease and can't move in without furniture, so his staffers are stuck in their current, high-rent office.

Upshot: Maldonado got his $1 million in savings, but the state may be on the hook for $4.8 million in higher rent and other expenses over the next six years.

Oh, and the 20-year-old furniture in the controller's office doesn't meet requirements under the federal Americans With Disabilities Act. So something is going to have to be done about that.

Any ideas, Sen. Maldonado?

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