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Commander, tear this ship apart until you’ve found those plans: City hall drawings missing

May 28, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Apparently no one can find the original plans for the City Administration Building (CAB), known colloquially as City Hall. The information emerged yesterday at the City Council’s Rules and Open Government Committee during a discussion of the prospect of building a new city hall.  In order to assess the fitness of the current city hall, the Centre City Development Corporation hired engineering consultants to inspect the building. But when they asked for the original architectural drawings of the CAB, no one could find them. CCDC Vice President Jeff Graham said they searched the appropriate city department to no avail.

City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer was, shall we say, flabbergasted at the news. He gestured broadly toward the camera that broadcasts City Council and committee meetings: “Maybe we can ask whoever’s listening out there in the ether, whoever built this building, and I don’t know who did it, if you have the drawings, can you please get them to us?” he said.

And that’s not all. No one seemed to know whether the CAB has its original roof, either. Councilmember Todd Gloria wondered how no one could even find an invoice for a roof replacement. He also asked the ether-people for help on the matter.

I’ve fired off an e-mail to the mayor’s office to see if anyone on his staff can answer these questions, but I only sent it a few minutes ago. I’ll post an update if they know more than what I saw at the committee meeting.

City workers can at least take solace on one point. At the meeting, Faulconer said that he’d been told there was a possibility that the sprinklers installed on nine floors of the CAB were not, in fact, connected to water. The word in the corridors of power was that the discovery of asbestos during installation had left the work incomplete. But Faulconer’s spokesperson Tony Manolatos told me they’d been assured by both the building supervisor and the fire inspector that, in fact, the sprinklers have water and should be fully functional.

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  1. Tony permalink
    May 30, 2009 - 9:19 pm 9:19 pm

    I’ve got a copy of the specs for the CAB. Right after 9/11 several of us in the Anarcho-Syndicalist-Free-Tom-Sizemore Brigade had prints made of the original drawings and sketches of subsequent retrofits. At the time we intended to dump a mason jar of anthrax spores into the ventilation system, but as it turns out the system is not actually connected to the air. So in the end we decided to pass on San Diego entirely because it really isn’t worth trying to foment unrest in this city to begin with.

    I’ll sell back a copy of these blueprints for a date with Marti Emerald.

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