Preservation Office Delaying Stimulus Projects in California

California stimulus projects and job creation are being delayed by a state office tasked with reviewing federally-funded construction projects to prevent adverse affects on historic sites, according to a new report.
January 8, 2010, 8am PST | Nate Berg
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"Laura Chick, state inspector general for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, said Monday that the California Office of Historic Preservation has a two-month backlog in approving federal stimulus projects, some as small as installing a heating and air conditioning unit.

Chick said state-mandated furloughs have contributed to the backlog, and she suggested that the state should allow historians to delay taking furloughs."

Hundreds of projects are awaiting review by the Office of Historic Preservation, which the state inspector general says is delaying the development of jobs in California.

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Published on Thursday, January 7, 2010 in The Sacramento Bee
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