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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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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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Does Caltrans “Set of Values” Include Accountability?


Friday December 18th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:47am PST   •   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 PST   •   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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Bridge to No Accountability Keeps Cracking Up


Friday November 27th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:07am PST   •   2 Comments

As we have noted many times, the new eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge came in 10 years late and a whopping $5 billion over budget, but all that time and money could not guarantee safety for the public. In 2007, fissures some 10 feet long cut through a steel bar 20…
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Bay Bridge Keeps Right On Corroding


Wednesday June 10th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 2:35pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As we have repeatedly noted, the stylish new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was 10 years in the making, a whopping $5 billion over budget, and yet riddled with safety issues. We have done our best to keep up with the problems, but they keep on coming. As Jaxon Van Derbeken…
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Should Politicians Rely on Millionaires to Fund Government?


Wednesday November 16th, 2011   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:52am PST   •   2 Comments

Pretend for a moment that you’ve just been elected to public office and that you now have the power to choose whose income you’re going to tax to pay for all the vital government programs you believe should be supported. If you want to keep those vital government programs on a sound financial footing,…
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