Representative Denham Responds to Gov. Brown’s Decision to Sell State Garages

Jun 16, 2011

Washington, D.C. -  Representative Jeff Denham, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, today released the following statement in response to Governor Brown’s decision to close state garages, saving taxpayers about $2 million annually.

“We must ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. I worked on this issue during my time in the State Senate and have continued as Chairman of the Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee in Congress. I am happy to see that Governor Brown is taking this issue seriously.  As funds become increasingly scarce, it is essential to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a bill created by a bureaucracy.”– Congressman Jeff Denham

Sacramento Bee’s State Worker Blog: Jerry Brown administration to close four state garages

6/15/11

The Department of General Services will shut down four facilities for holding state vehicles and focus all operations on its Sacramento garage, Director Fred Klass announced Wednesday.

"The state garage in Sacramento, near most state employees, makes sense--but brick and mortar locations elsewhere have become too costly," Klass said in a statement.

The 26 employees at the Fresno, Los Angeles and Oakland garages along with the San Diego office will have a chance to move to open positions within DGS or receive priority for other state posts for which they qualify.

Klass's order also will eliminate preventative maintenance operations at the Sacramento garage.

DGS said the closings will save the state $2 million annually -- consistent with Gov. Jerry Brown's efforts to reduce the size of state government. The winding down of operations will begin later this year.

"We cannot continue the status quo with our state fleet operations by maintaining non-essential facilities," Klass said in the statement. "Although the employees who work in at these garages do a fine job, the data shows us that the garages are no longer cost beneficial for taxpayers in supporting state government."

DGS spokesman Eric Lamoureux said in recent years fewer state workers had been picking up cars from the remaining state garages outside of Sacramento. The state has a contract with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which often serves as a more convenient location for employees to get cars.

Some of the facilities were built more than 50 years ago to service state vehicles, according to DGS. But service and repair now also can be handled at private shops.

Brown issued an executive order in January that called for the state to cut in half its fleet of 11,000 nonessential passenger cars and trucks. Vehicles at the garages to be closed will be moved to Sacramento or dropped from the state fleet per the governor's order.

Read the article at the State Worker Blog Here.