Gov. Jerry Brown, who told The Bee's editorial board last week he wasn't aware of the federal government's concerns about Caltrans and bridge testing, didn't respond to the question when he was asked Tuesday in Redwood City if he had followed up.
"This whole Caltrans-Sacramento Bee story is kind of curious," he said.
The Bee reported last month that Caltrans had uncovered doctored data and other testing problems on roadways and bridges, including on the new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, even as Caltrans engineers said tests were valid and the bridge safe.
The Federal Highway Administration, in a draft assessment, criticized Caltrans for waiting years to rigorously review testing problems.
Asked last week about the federal concerns, Brown replied, "I don't know that to be the case."
On Tuesday, he said, "You've got the engineers saying things are on track. We have a couple of reporters saying, 'Hey, they're not on track.' I tend to have confidence in the engineers, but I've got an open mind, and certainly we can have some more dialogue."
However, Brown said, "I want to have it with engineers and, you know, just not people who don't know what the hell they're talking about."
Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, and Elk Grove Democrat Ami Bera have agreed to debate on Sept. 25. Sponsored by The Bee, News10 and Capital Public Radio, it will be the first formal debate for the 7th Congressional District rivals. The race for the eastern Sacramento County district is one of the most competitive House contests in the country this year.
Torey Van Oot
"It's a very, very positive indicator of Proposition 30's potential to get the 'yes' vote."
GOV. JERRY BROWN, referring to the California Chamber of Commerce's decision to stay neutral rather than oppose Brown's Nov. 6 initiative to raise taxes.
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