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Defective California state building ends silence, launches Twitter account

The Board of Equalization headquarters wears a scaffolding skirt to protect pedestrians from falling exterior glass panels.
The Board of Equalization headquarters wears a scaffolding skirt to protect pedestrians from falling exterior glass panels. bnguyen@sacbee.com

After years of suffering in silence, the Board of Equalization’s defective high-rise headquarters has launched its own Twitter account, @BOE_Building, under the name “BOE Tower of Terror.”

The building’s Twitter profile is both self-aggrandizing (“Sac's 2nd Most Famous Building”) and self-pitying (”Much maligned lovechild of @CalifDGS & @CalPERS”) with a one-word disclaimer for anyone who doesn’t get the joke (“PARODY”).

The account pokes fun at the defects that have plagued the tax-collection agency’s 24-story office building since it opened in 1993. Among them: rainwater seepage, toxic mold, faulty elevators, corroded drain pipes and burst water lines. Scaffolding skirts the structure to protect pedestrians from falling exterior glass panels that could pop off without warning.

CalPERS built the tower and sold it to the state in 2006. The Department of General Services now manages it. Taxpayers have spent more than $60 million on repairs so far.

The tower’s inaugural tweet on Monday displayed a cartoon chicken looking heavenward with an admonition: “CHILL OUT FOLKS! It’s not actually the sky that’s falling. Just a 600 pound window.”

By Friday @BOE_Building had 36 followers, including @TimDonnellysGun, and @BacteriaBear, the 800-pound bronze statue in front of the governor’s office.

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