She claims to head a prisoners rights/advocacy group, however I have never been able to find a non-profit registration for this 1UNION1 group. This Bird person has a long history of spreading lies about conditions inside CDCR.
CDCR fences controversy highlight prison budget cover ups
CDCR Builds Million Dollar Prison Gate Fortress in Downtown Sacramento
And the facts about this Bird person are here:
Regardless of the rent/lease amount or what the state contributed for this modular, pretty much off the shelf, fence/gate system it sure didn’t cost a million dollars. And even if it did, what price do you put on the safety of those person working in this far from great neighborhood?
That tale of the $1 million fence? It’s outrageous – but incorrect
Sometimes so-called facts on the Internet aren’t worth the pixels they’re published with.
The State Worker fielded a dozen e-mails recently about an online blog report and a YouTube video claiming that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spent $1 million for new security fencing at its Sacramento headquarters.
Problem is, the state doesn’t own the property. Taxpayers didn’t pay for the security upgrades installed in the last few weeks. And the fences didn’t cost $1 million – not even close.
Public records indicate that the global real estate investment firm Hines Interests LP owns the two-building complex on S Street between 15th and 16th streets that CDCR leases for $487,544 per month.
The firm spent $30,000 to install new fencing, electronically controlled gates and doors and other security measures. The upgrades, recommended by a California Highway Patrol evaluation of the facility, are covered by the lease terms, a CDCR spokeswoman said.
CDCR may have a lot of problems, but overspending on a million-dollar gate isn’t one of them.
– Jon Ortiz