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DA gets $26K worth of office furniture from private donors

Posted Apr 1, 2013 10:38 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Seeing a need for new office furniture in a state that is struggling with a lack of tax funding, the new San Francisco district attorney came up with a creative solution.

George Gascón got a new glass-topped desk, chrome-framed visitors chairs, a bookshelf and a credenza from private donors, along with a sofa for the domestic violence victims waiting room across the hall. Total cost: $26,000, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

A controversy has resulted, because the idea wasn't approved in advance by the city's board of supervisors, although Gascón's staff had checked with the city attorney's office before pursuing the donation idea. Approval from the supervisors is being sought now, however, and Gascón notes that the furniture will stay with the office after his time in the position concludes.

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