Incompetence or corruption?

Published: Monday, Jun. 9, 2014 - 9:06 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014 - 9:17 am

Re "Doubts persist on Bay Bridge" (Page A1, June 8): I am not a Bee fan. However, I congratulate The Bee for its articles and investigation of problems associated with the Bay Bridge. Everything wrong with government is represented by the issues associated with the construction of this substandard and underwhelming bridge.

What could have been built for around $1 billion cost $6.5 billion or more. Repairs and mainteninence costs will haunt taxpayers for decades, resulting in a much shorter useful life of this bridge. If the taxpayers were shareholders, every person associated with key decisions relative to the construction of this bridge would have been fired.

Was it incompetence or corruption? A special investigator, U.S. attorney or jurist should be appointed with carte blanche authority to investigate the personal and financial dealings of all concerned. Otherwise how can the stae be trusted to build a high-speed rail or new water project worth billion of taxpayers dollars?

-- John Norwood, Sacramento

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