Sutter Expansion Examined

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, June 9, 2006

It’s the latest development in the lawsuit against the project by the Service Employees International Union.

John Borsos with the union says it validates their claim that the project’s environmental impact report is wrong. 

“It suggests that when it comes to traffic and a couple of other things that the analysis that Sutter provided to the city council was flawed and we appreciate the judge’s foresight and willingness to reexamine this and from our perspective an appropriate ruling.” 

But Sutter Medical Center CEO Tom Gagen says he doesn’t think it’s a bad sign. 

“Actually I’m very optimistic after reviewing the information that the court’s going to affirm that the EIR conducted by the city really fully complies with the law. And I was pleased that the judge did not second guess the expert’s credentials or question the conclusions they reached. He just basically wanted to see some of the data that supports their conclusion.”   

Construction on the $450 million expansion is set to start by September.