Posts Tagged ‘caltrans’

Attack of the Bridge-Eating Microbes?


Tuesday January 30th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:42am PDT   •   0 Comments

According to an NBC report by Jaxon Van Derbeken, “Caltrans is investigating whether microscopic organisms are attacking critical welds on the submerged foundation of the new Bay Bridge tower, potentially endangering the projected 150-year lifespan of the troubled $6.4 billion structure.” Brian Maroney, Caltrans’ chief engineer on the project, told NBC that experts report…
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GovWasteBloviator.Con


Thursday July 6th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:17pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Two years ago, California’s Legislative Analyst learned that 3,500 Caltrans engineers were doing little more than sitting at their desks and sought to eliminate those positions. Caltrans bosses cried foul and so did Bruce Blanning, executive director of Professional Engineers in California Government. As the union boss told reporters the Legislative Analyst was “childish,”…
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Governor Gasbag Abuses Taxpayers


Wednesday May 31st, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:24am PDT   •   2 Comments

California governor Jerry Brown has signed off on a $5.2 billion deal that will raise the tax on gasoline, raise the tax on diesel and raise user fees on motorists. Before the Memorial Day weekend, Brown ranted that those who complain about this tax hike are “freeloaders.” This doesn’t deserve a response, but taxpayers…
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Tax Hike to Fix Roads Punishes California Workers


Monday April 3rd, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:01am PDT   •   1 Comment

As any motorist can easily verify, California’s roads are a disaster. Governor Brown and the legislature are running to the rescue with a $5.2 billion deal that will raise the tax on gasoline, raise the tax on diesel and raise user fees on motorists. California taxpayers, the most embattled in the nation, have good…
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Governor Brown Begs the Spending Questions


Thursday March 23rd, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:13am PDT   •   0 Comments

After the 2016 election, California governor Jerry Brown showed signs of early onset Trump Derangement Syndrome, pledging resistance and warning that California would “launch its own damn satellite” if President Trump backed off on climate research. On his trip to Washington this week, Brown toned down the defiance and held out the begging bowl….
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Sweet Deals for Government Unions Boost Costs for Taxpayers


Friday June 24th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:10am PDT   •   0 Comments

Back in 2013, some 8,000 members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) rallied at the California state capitol in Sacramento chanting, “We’re letting them know this is our house!” In 2012, the government employee unions had helped elect big-government, tax-hiking politicians such as Jerry Brown, and they were now clamoring for more money…
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Lift the Bridge on Wiser Transportation Spending


Thursday April 14th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:12am PDT   •   0 Comments

The California Department of Transportation has been rebuilding parts of Interstate 80 between the city of Auburn and the Nevada state line. Part of this work was the elevation of bridges to 16 feet 6 inches above the road surface so they can accommodate larger trucks. The final project, completed in March, was the…
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The Road to Waste, Fraud and Abuse


Wednesday March 23rd, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:31am PDT   •   2 Comments

This column tracks government waste, fraud and abuse, and on rare occasions, so does government itself. For example, a new report from California State Auditor Elaine Howle finds that “Caltrans’ weak cost controls over field maintenance work orders create opportunities for fraud, waste, and abuse.” Caltrans division of maintenance, the report says, “paid $250,000…
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Does Caltrans “Set of Values” Include Accountability?


Friday December 18th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:47am PDT   •   0 Comments

The California Department of Transportation hired Alex Morales III as statewide coordinator for compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As Jim Miller notes in the Sacramento Bee, Mr. Morales III, who was paid a base salary of $74,912, has been arrested for allegedly accepting “at least $100,000 in bribes, including an…
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Government Road Outrage


Tuesday December 1st, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:49am PDT   •   1 Comment

California’s roads are an obstacle course of potholes and as Foon Rhee of the Sacramento Bee notes “the repair backlog is estimated at $78 billion for local roads and another $59 billion for state highways.” The rough roads are also highly congested but the massive California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is not eager to…
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