Article 5d. Veterans Affairs Construction Act of California Military And Veterans Code >> Division 4. >> Chapter 6. >> Article 5d.
This article may be cited as the Veterans Affairs
Construction Act of 1953.
With the approval of the Department of Finance and the
California Veterans Board, the Public Works Board, pursuant to the
provisions of the Property Acquisition Act, may acquire real
property, and, after approval of preliminary plans under the
procedure provided by Section 6 of the Budget Act of 1953, the
department may construct and equip a building thereon, primarily for
the department's own use and make improvements to such property,
building, and equipment, not to exceed in total two million six
hundred fifty thousand dollars ($2,650,000).
The Department of Veterans Affairs shall have a prior claim
on any office space constructed pursuant to this article at the time
of initial occupancy of the office space and at all times
thereafter; provided, the department shall pay rentals as prescribed
in Section 996.19 for the space it occupies.
The Department of Veterans Affairs shall contract with the
Department of General Services for the maintenance and repair of all
public works constructed, acquired, or operated under the provisions
of this act, such maintenance and repair to include the items of
maintenance and repair customarily supplied and afforded to state
buildings by the Department of General Services.
The buildings or improvements provided under the provisions
of this article may contain space in excess of the requirements of
the Department of Veterans Affairs, and until needed, may be leased
or let at such rental and upon such terms and conditions as may be
approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs; provided, that
rentals charged shall be deposited in the Veterans' Farm and Home
Building Fund of 1943.
When money from the Veterans' Farm and Home Building Fund
of 1943 or the Veterans Affairs Construction Fund is used for
investment purposes in the purchase of property and in the
construction of buildings, and appurtenant facilities or in the
purchase of property, or in the construction of buildings, and
appurtenant facilities for the use of the Department of Veterans
Affairs, or for the use of the Department of Veterans Affairs and
other state agencies, the Director of Veterans Affairs may do any and
all things necessary to protect the investment including purchasing
insurance against the loss of or damage to the property or the loss
of use and occupancy of the property. Any transaction entered into by
the Director of Veterans Affairs under this section shall be subject
to the approval of the Department of General Services.