Re "State must learn from Bay Bridge debacle, and soon" (Editorials, Sept. 4): The state seems to think they can get Christian Louboutin pumps at a Payless shoe store price using current procurement rules. Hasn't worked yet.
It doesn't matter if it's the Bay Bridge or one of the many troubled computer projects, when the cheapest price gets a hugely disproportionate percentage of points during bid review. A cheap price always drives the award of the contract, with minimal emphasis put on the project solution or the employees and materials. That is followed by years of fighting over the quality of the employees and materials, which results in throwing good money after bad.
If there was more emphasis at contract award on the product being purchased, it would go faster, be much less contentious and closer to estimated cost. The state must learn from these bad experiences and revamp its procurement rules if it is every to get out of this vicious circle.
-- Janet Nicholson, Rancho Murieta