SACRAMENTO --Gov. Jerry Brown is asking a San Francisco court to delay a Bay Area transit strike for another two months.

Brown’s move comes after a three-member board that he appointed found that “a strike will cause significant harm to the public’s health, safety and welfare.”  

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Brown held out hope that transit workers and BART management could work out a contract deal before Sunday. If they don’t, Brown said he would ask the courts to prevent a strike for another two months in hopes that the two sides could come to agreement.

“I urge all parties to think of the public and resolve this matter without delay,” Brown said in the statement, but if there’s no resolution by Sunday, I will seek a 60-day cooling-off period.”

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow will hear the request Sunday and decide whether or not to accept Brown’s call for a cooling-off period.

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