Re "Clients pool their power" (Page A1, April 22): Given the history of astounding cost overruns in state water projects the pertinent pieces of information in this are that southern California water agencies have been quietly negotiating with state officials to take a major role in designing and building the giant Sacramento River water diversion tunnels, and that the estimated cost is $14 billion.
Putting aside the insanity of even considering letting the beneficiaries of this boondoggle be the ones to raid taxpayers' pockets, who in their right mind does cost estimates before designing anything? For instance, try estimating the cost of building an undersigned house. This is the ultimate cart before the horse scenario proving incompetence.
-- Dick Denman, Rough and Ready