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California Spent $19M For Extra Protection To Guard The State Capitol From Protests That Never Happened

San Francisco Chronicle-


Heightened security measures around the state Capitol this month over feared unrest related to the presidential transition cost at least $19 million, largely for additional staffing by the California Highway Patrol.

The state is winding down those operations after a peaceful two weeks that saw no mass demonstrations or violence.

Brian Ferguson, a spokesperson for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, said the state has released 1,000 California National Guard troops who were assigned to protect the Capitol and other state buildings in downtown Sacramento. Other state and local law enforcement “will maintain a heightened posture over the coming days,” Ferguson said.

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