Funding for the project is coming from Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response (ESER) bonds. Voter passed a measure in June 2010 that allowed the city to sell bonds to build and develop a safety and response system.
“This is a momentous occasion for San Francisco and the Police Department as we break ground for our new Public Safety Building,” said SFPD Chief Greg Suhr.
As building begins, contractors are focusing on a seismically safe building. It is important that these buildings withstand an earthquake. This “ensure that police will be able to respond to calls for service and provide a coordinated response during and after a major earthquake,” Suhr added.
Residents are keenly aware of their location along the San Andreas Fault. Besides the famous San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, the city suffered a major event in 1988 when the Loma Prieta earthquake struck the Bay Area.
“It’s clear that the residents of San Francisco have a great interest in Public Safety”, said SFFD Chief Joanne Hayes-White. “They have overwhelmingly supported this project with the passage of the ESER Bond last year.”
By: Mark Williams