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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 14, 2018

New courthouse poised to start construction with passage of state budget 

Sacramento, CA – Mayor Darrell Steinberg joined state officials and members of the judiciary Thursday to celebrate the inclusion of $460 million for a new courthouse in the state budget. The 17-story building will occupy land at the corner of Sixth and G streets in the railyards, behind the existing federal courthouse.

Mayor Steinberg expressed gratitude to Gov. Jerry Brown and to members of the Legislature, who are expected to pass the state budget today. The existing courthouse was described in a 2010 report by the Judicial Council as unsafe, overcrowded and substandard. A decade of attempts to secure funding to replace it had failed.

“Nine months ago, the dream of a new railyards courthouse was remote and quickly fading,” Mayor Steinberg said. “Judge Lloyd Connelly and the Sacramento judiciary never gave up. Bravo to them for their vision and persistence. Thank you to Gov. Brown and the Legislature for the half billion dollar investment in our railyards. Sacramento deserves a courthouse equal to its commitment to justice.”

Sacramento Superior Court officials said they expect to sign an agreement with a contractor within weeks. Site work could begin before the end of 2018, with construction on the building beginning in fall 2019. The new courthouse is expected to open in early 2023.

“Thanks to Mayor Steinberg for all his diligence; to the Governor for his continued support and for the consistent backing of the Chief Justice,” said the Honorable David De Alba, Presiding Judge of the Sacramento Superior Court. “We finally get to have our new courthouse. It is so well-deserved.”

Added the Honorable Lloyd Connelly (ret.), Court Executive Officer of the Sacramento Superior Court: “After a decade of work by the Mayor and countless others, we have funding to build a much needed new, safe courthouse for Sacramento.”

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