Re "Criminal probe sought on span" (Page A1, July 27): Caltrans spent millions in change orders fixing what should have been done correctly in the first place. They hired an unqualified Chinese firm at a greater expense instead of a U.S. firm that could have kept jobs and money here. Now California is increasing its presence in China, so is this all a quid pro quo? The real backstory is the criminally negligent decisions that management and politicians made at the expense of the public.
Government projects are managed at the highest level by administrators, bean counters or lawyers. They are politically connected and when faced with problems, rather than enforcing a contract they talk to counsel who says lawsuit which makes spineless politicians nervous, and they sweep it under the rug. The result is substandard work, compromised public safety and unaccountable politicians.
The bullet train is the next boondoggle on the list.
-- Raymond Webber, Rancho Cordova