Elaine Howle
Board of Equalization headquarters move not yet justified, audit says

Just days after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation allowing plans to be developed for a new headquarters for the State Board of Equalization, the state auditor warned Thursday that the state has not yet prepared a properly supported analysis demonstrating that moving from the current problem-plagued building will see more benefits than costs. The headquarters building in Sacramento houses 2,200 people and was built in 1992. Early in its use, the structure had extensive problems including windows falling from high floors, water bursting into open office spaces, and free-falling elevators. So far, the state has spent $60 million on repairs and estimates it could cost another $115...