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New State Architect Plucked from LA

Today Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he's appointed LA-based architect Chet Widom as the new state architect. Widom was a partner at Widom Wein Cohen O'Leary Terasawa from 1964 to 2008 and is a former LA planning commissioner. According to the State Architect's website, the office "provides design and construction oversight for K-12 schools, community colleges, and various other state-owned and leased facilities. The Division also develops accessibility, structural safety, fire and life safety, and historical building codes and standards utilized in various public and private buildings throughout the State of California." [SacBee/DSA]