Install Dumbwaiter in Donner (D) Section


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)
Document Title
Install Dumbwaiter in Donner (D) Section
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
CDCR will install a dumbwaiter in the Donner (D) Section of the South Block Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) to enable safe and efficient food service to the five tiers of D Section. The current cell feeding process of ASU inmates requires meals to be assembled on plastic trays and served from a rolling cart. This cart is rolled from the food service kitchen to the D section where custody staff must deliver the trays to inmates by carrying six to seven stacked trays, weighing 25-30 pounds, up steep, narrow stairs to tiers two through five. Health and Safety Code, Title 15, Section 3050 requires that ASU inmates are served "two hot meals a day." San Quentin received complaints from ASU inmates that their food is cold, lawsuit has been threatened. The project includes the installation of a prefabricated unit, assembled on-site. A section of the building's concrete floor will be demolished to create a pit to accommodate the dumbwaiter. A walkway will be established from the sixth tier to allow access to the top of the dumbwaiter for service and inspection. The installation of a dumbwaiter will enable staff to provide meals in a manner that ensures staff safety and complies with Health and Safety Standards of Title 15.

Contact Information
Roxanne Henriquez
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
9838 Old Placervile Road, Suite B
Sacramento, CA 95827

Phone : (916) 255-3010


Other Location Info
San Quentin State Prison (SQSP), San Quentin, CA 94964, Marin County

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301-Exisiting Facilities
Reasons for Exemption
This project involves alterations to an existing occupied prison facility that involves negligible or no permanent effect on the environment. The project will be constructed completely within existing facilities. Existing on-site utilities will be extended to the new equipment. This is one of a class of projects the Secretary of Resources has found does not have a significant effect on the environment, therefore, is declared to be categorically exempt from the requirement for preparing an environmental document.

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