California Lawmakers Spending $1.2 Billion on Office Renovation | Bill George
Siyamak sits down with Bill George, historian and filmmaker, who has been studying and documenting the history and culture of California. He‘ll discuss the changes he has observed in California’s state capital when it comes to homelessness, crime, and transparency in the legislative body. We’ll also take a deep dive into California’s history and look at the forces that shape its culture.
“I’ve lived in Sacramento on and off since 1982. I love the city; it’s just beautiful. Recently, however, it has been degrading. School kids couldn’t even walk to school without being threatened, yelled at, or cursed out. I mean, when you walk down the streets, you just hear somebody randomly spouting off a string of profanity,” Mr. George said. “And then I noticed that the state Capitol was undergoing a huge renovation, a billion-dollar renovation. It was all done in secret. Even the press in Sacramento says it’s been the most under-the-radar thing they’ve ever seen.”
Join us as we explore the complex issue of homelessness in Sacramento. Having witnessed the state capital’s transformation firsthand since 1982, Mr. George voices his concerns about its recent downturn, exacerbated by the billion-dollar renovation of the state Capitol building and the pandemic. He also sheds light on the grim realities on the city’s streets—where the escalating homelessness and associated social challenges contrast with official narratives and actions—and highlights the lack of public engagement in decisions that shape the city’s landscape and sense of community.
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Siyamak Khorrami has been the general manager and chief editor of the Southern California edition of The Epoch Times since 2017. He is also the host of the “California Insider” show, which showcases leaders and professionals across the state with inside information about trending topics and critical issues in California.