Bay Bridge: Caltrans is too big to fail

06/08/2014 7:06 AM

06/09/2014 4:40 PM

Re "Doubts persist on Bay Bridge job" (Page A1, June 8): The Bee's excellent reporting is uncovering the corrupt issues involved with the Bay Bridge. Caltrans spent hundreds of millions in change orders fixing what should have been done correctly in the first place.

They hired a Chinese firm instead of a U.S. firm that could have kept jobs and money here. Now our politicians are increasing our presence in China. The real back story is the management and politicians who make the decisions at the expense of the public.

Government projects are managed by agency heads that are administrators, bean counters or lawyers. Whenever problems comes up, rather than enforcing the contract, management talks to counsel who throws out the word lawsuit which makes spineless politicians nervous, and they cave. The result is substandard work, compromised public safety and unaccountable politicians.

-- Raymond J. Webber, Rancho Cordova

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