Posts Tagged ‘new bay bridge’

Attack of the Bridge-Eating Microbes?


Tuesday January 30th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:42am PST   •   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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Gov. Brown’s Tunnel Vision Gets More Costly and Corrupt


Friday October 6th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:03pm PDT   •   2 Comments

As we noted, even with a single tunnel, Jerry Brown’s massive $16 billion “WaterFix” for the delta is a financial bust. According to Benefit-Cost Analysis of The California WaterFix, by Jeffrey Michael of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific, construction costs, estimated at $16 billion, are still more than...
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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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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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Costing Out Governor Moonbeam


Thursday December 15th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:26am PST   •   0 Comments

Back in the day, Jerry Brown earned the nickname “Governor Moonbeam” for proposing that California launch its own communications satellite. “I didn’t get that moniker for nothing,” Brown recently proclaimed, adding, “if Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite.” The governor did not indicate what this satellite might cost,...
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California’s Chinese Steel Crack-Up


Tuesday October 25th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:15pm PDT   •   0 Comments

In the presidential debate last week, Republican Donald Trump attacked China’s trade policies and Democrat Hillary Clinton charged that Trump used “Chinese steel” in his own projects. As it happens, the most eager American user of Chinese steel is the government of California, on the new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Back...
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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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Double Standards on Firing Government Bosses


Tuesday February 16th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:21am PST   •   0 Comments

On February 10 in Morro Bay, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) fired its executive director Charles Lester. For any government body to fire the boss is exceedingly rare, and this case should prove educational for all Californians. For one thing, what Lester had done wrong remained unclear. On his watch, no major environmental disaster...
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Government Give and Take is Mostly One-Way


Tuesday February 9th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:01am PST   •   0 Comments

Contrary to what many politicians seem to believe, government makes mistakes. For example, as the intrepid Jon Ortiz of the Sacramento Bee notes, the state of California recently overpaid some 20,000 employees. The overpayments amount to $37 to $101 per employee and, overall, about 5 percent of all state paychecks in a single month....
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Bridge Over Water Troubles?


Tuesday January 26th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:00am PST   •   0 Comments

The stylish new eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge cost $6.4 billion, about $5 billion more than the original estimate, and came in ten years late. As we noted two years ago, all that time and money could not prevent hundreds of leaks during the first winter storm. A supposedly watertight steel...
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