SF district attorney questions mayor’s promise to build a new office soon 

Though Mayor Ed Lee announced Thursday that a move from the seismically unsound Hall of Justice is “around the corner” for the offices left in building, District Attorney George Gascon is skeptical that the relocation will happen as scheduled.

When the Southern Police Station and police headquarters relocated from the Hall of Justice recently to the new Public Safety Building, the District Attorney’s Office and other departments were left behind in a facility riddled with potential health risks.

“Every day we are here, we are at serious risk of a natural disaster,” Gascon said. “The building has rodent infestations, yellow-colored fluid dripping from the ceiling, asbestos and other harms that the employees of this building do not deserve.”

While a new office space for the District Attorney’s Office is in The City’s project budget for construction in 2021 at the earliest, Gascon said “it has been in the capital plan before only to be delayed.”

“We hope [the mayor’s] public comments will help facilitate our move faster than the seven- to 10-year timeline that is currently in the capital plan,” he said.

At present, the Hall of Justice is occupied by state courtrooms, the County Jail and the offices of the medical examiner and district attorney. The Medical Examiner’s Office is slated to relocate in 2018.

Gascon said he is “thrilled to hear that Mayor Lee is publicly supporting a new office for city employees still stuck at the Hall of Justice.”

The mayor was not available for comment.

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