San Francisco's Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant Street is over 50 years old and seismically deficient. In the event of a major earthquake, the building and facilities are not expected to be operational.
Timing is critical
San Francisco has experienced several large earthquakes. We are surrounded by major fault lines. The Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906 devastated our City, and more recently the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989, which measured a 6.7 on the Richter scale, reminded us we are constantly at risk. The majority of the damage came not from the shaking but from the fires that ignited after the quakes. Our survival and recovery depends on first responders and first response infrastructure.
Being able to respond quickly after an earthquake is critical to our survival and recovery as a City.
Protecting lives. The longer we delay making these repairs, the longer our police, fire and first responders – and the San Franciscans who depend on them in an emergency – will have their lives at risk.
Using tax dollars wisely. Every year that we delay repairs and needed upgrades to our public safety buildings, the cost increases. These facilities must be fixed sooner or later. By acting now, we can improve safety and save local taxpayer dollars. ESER 2014 will allow for uninterrupted repairs to our first response system.
Continuing the work of ESER 2010. The first phase of the ESER program funded a wide range of projects to seismically upgrade the City’s deteriorating infrastructure and enhance emergency response for the highest level of health, safety and welfare achievable for all San Franciscans. ESER 2014 continues the program to safeguard San Francisco.
San Francisco Bay Area Region Earth Quake Probability map via "Protecting Your Family From Earthquakes—The Seven Steps to
Earthquake Safety."- U.S.G.S., 2007