Odessan Among Group Opposing Governor's Mansion Addition

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Ten former members of the Texas Historical Commission are objecting to a proposed addition to the fire-damaged governor's mansion.

Their letter says the expansion would "irrevocably alter the view the public had historically had from the Capitol."

A June 2008 fire, during renovation, is blamed on arson and remains unsolved. The commission is in charge of issuing a permit for any addition.

The letter is from Gail Loving Barnes of Odessa, Jane Cook Barnhiull of Brenham, Shirley Caldwell of Albany, Lareatha Clay of Dallas, Jean Ann Ables-Flatt of Terrell, Frank Gorman of El Paso, Alberet Hausser of San Antonio, Dr. Eileen Johnson of Lubbock, Juan Sandoval of El Paso and Linda Valdez of Rockport.

Supporters say the mansion needs more living space, must meet building and fire codes and should be more accessible to the disabled.