Government buildings – from schools to social security offices and state hospitals to park facilities — house many services that touch each of our lives on a daily basis. Yet, as the population of Southern California grows, these buildings are becoming crowded, ineffective and inefficient in their use of energy.
These buildings are a key component in our infrastructure, but many have reached the end of their life cycles. Whether it is a crumbling local DMV office or an energy-inefficient City Hall, California lacks funding for the infrastructure to bring these buildings into the 21st Century.
Overcrowded penitentiaries, with some prisons at 300 percent capacity, are reducing populations, but have become too costly to operate. Modern high-tech, sustainable buildings will be more effective in function and more efficient.
Many governmental buildings need to be replaced so they, too, can operate more effectively. Green and energy-efficient buildings provide a more sustainable model that leaves a lighter footprint on the environment and ultimately provides an overall energy savings.
New schools are needed to improve the quality of the educational experience for students, thus helping children to be more competitive in the new world market place.
This is a problem state government cannot simply solve with existing resources. In Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for 2017-18 there are only modest increases to schools, community colleges and universities.
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