The following is from an October 3 letter to Oakland parishes from Very Reverend George Mockel published on the diocesan website:

To Parishes and Friends of the Diocese of Oakland,

This communication is to give you an update on the construction and design issues at the Cathedral Center that we first reported last fall.

These issues include water intrusion at various locations and excessive deflection or sagging of floor slabs in the Chancery, rectory and parking garage. The Cathedral of Christ the Light, which is a structurally separate building is generally unaffected.

Last fall we closed the B1 level of the parking garage to minimize further deflection and relocated employee, event center and weekend Mass parking to the adjacent Kaiser Center parking garage. Since then, we have completed a number of interim repairs to assure the continued safety of Cathedral Center occupants and visitors, including modifying fire doors so they shut properly, clearing obstructed fire sprinkler heads, and making temporary leak and plumbing repairs.

At the same time we have taken these corrective measures, as part of our legal action against the designers and contractors, our legal team and expert consultants under the direction of the Cathedral board of directors have thoroughly documented the construction and design issues we have discovered.  Because multiple companies and suppliers were involved in the design and construction, the research necessary to establish accountability for the issues we have identified is time-consuming and complex.

I want to assure you we are doing our utmost to address the construction issues thoroughly and expeditiously. The Diocese remains committed to legal action to ensure that the responsible parties pay for the necessary corrective work.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Very Reverend George Mockel
Vicar General
Chair of the Catholic Cathedral Corporation of the East Bay