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  • CA: Bridge builder's new flack a true PR virtuoso (Chris Lehane)

    04/16/2005 10:41:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 3,288+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/16/05 | Josh Richman
    The Bay Bridge retrofit contractor's new spokesman is a political public-relations heavy hitter with a national reputation for digging up dirt on embattled clients' critics. Chris Lehane, 37, helped the Clinton White House spin the Whitewater investigation, spoke for Vice President Al Gore on the 2000 presidential campaign trail and advised former Gov. Gray Davis during the 2001 energy crisis and 2002 gubernatorial campaign. Now he's working for KFM Joint Venture, the contractor building the Bay Bridge's new eastern span. The Oakland Tribune has reported welders' accusations that many of the project's welds are defective and that unsafe working conditions...
  • [CA Attorney General] Lockyer's office joins bridge-weld fray

    04/16/2005 10:16:54 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 273+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/16/5 | Mike Adamick
    The state Attorney General's Office announced Friday it is investigating allegations of faulty welds on the new Bay Bridge's skyway section, adding another layer of controversy to a project already under the glare of an FBI inquiry. "What we're investigating is whether the contractor or others made misrepresentations or engaged in other deception to obtain taxpayer money," said Tom Dresslar, spokesman for Attorney General Bill Lockyer. Although the FBI has begun a criminal investigation into allegations that welders were told by contractor KFM to conceal defects to speed up construction, Lockyer's office has opened a civil probe to win back...
  • BAY BRIDGE: Inspection turns up no faulty welds-Probe follows claims of slipshod work

    04/14/2005 1:00:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 421+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/14/5 | Jim Herron Zamora
    Federal and state inspectors found no problems in the first tests of Bay Bridge welds checked in response to allegations last week that welders working on the new span routinely covered up faulty work under pressure from their bosses to get the job done quickly, officials said Wednesday. Using sophisticated magnetic particle testing, inspectors from the Federal Highway Administration and contractors hired by the California Department of Transportation checked five welds in one pier at the base of a column that will support a portion of the elevated skyway, Caltrans said. "It was one box that is still accessible," said...
  • Caltrans chief stands by welds [of Oakland-Bay Bridge]

    04/09/2005 10:40:03 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 287+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/9/5 | Mike Adamick
    While outside experts said faulty welds could cost billions of dollars to repair, Caltrans chief Will Kempton on Friday stood solidly behind the department's quality control system for welding work on the new Bay Bridge. "We are confident the bridge is safe," Kempton said at the new span's construction nerve center in Oakland a day after he halted all concrete work to examine the suspect welding following allegations of inferior work on the new eastern span. Kempton didn't offer a time frame or cost estimates for new inspections, saying only Caltrans and federal highway engineers would quickly investigate, X-ray and...
  • CA: Injury record questioned - Nearly perfect safety reports cast doubt on accuracy (Bay Bridge)

    04/08/2005 4:20:26 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 1 replies · 329+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 04/07/2005 | Jill Tucker and Sean Holstege
    On paper, the new Bay Bridge construction project boasts one of the best safety records in the country for such a massive and typically dangerous undertaking. In fact, according to those records, building the new eastern span is five times safer than the average heavy construction project - even safer than working in your average flower shop. The agency enforcing state safety standards on the bridge work site sees no problem with those numbers. Health and safety experts, however, say they may be too good to be true and warrant examination. Allegations from past and current workers on the project...
  • Bay span work curtailed -- more feds called in

    04/08/2005 10:27:29 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 344+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/8/5 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    With the FBI investigating allegations of faulty welds on the new Bay Bridge span, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office ordered crews Thursday to stop pouring concrete on the last four foundations under construction until state and federal inspectors re-examine some of the work in question. At the same time, Sunne McPeak, the governor's secretary of business, housing and transportation, called in the Federal Highway Administration to start its own safety review -- a process that could take months. "It's not lost on us that we have to move quickly on a review of the welds,'' said Mark DeSio, spokesman for both...
  • CA: Scrutiny halts bridge work (Bay Bridge brouhaha heats up..)

    04/08/2005 9:50:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 556+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/8/05 | Sean Holstege and Steve Geissinger
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger became the highest-level official to call for investigations of Bay Bridge construction as Caltrans ordered a halt to a welding operation that is part of an FBI fraud probe that widened Thursday. Caltrans Director Will Kempton ordered Bay Bridge construction team KFM Joint Venture to cancel a concrete pour over four of the remaining footings where workers allege shoddy welds are being done. Kempton also called for a reinspection of all the welds that would have been buried by the pour, even as the state agency and KFM insist that the nearly 5,000 welds were done properly...
  • CA: FBI probes bridge welds (Bay Bridge, allegations made by 15 welders alleging bad welds)

    04/06/2005 9:17:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 1,351+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/6/05 | Sean Holstege and Jill Tucker
    The new Bay Bridge is riddled with defective welds, 15 welders told the Oakland Tribune in a nine-month investigation - allegations that could lead to criminal fraud charges. The welders' claims have prompted an FBI investigation. In the worst case, the federal probe could lead to tearing apart the bridge to see if it is structurally sound or needs to be rebuilt. The FBI began investigating allegations in February that welders were "encouraged or instructed to save time by producing substandard welds," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Mark Mershon of the bureau's San Francisco division. The bureau is investigating...
  • CA: Bridge memos lead to top - Documents: Governor's office knew money short before bid

    03/24/2005 8:27:32 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 320+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/24/05 | Sean Holstege
    The governor's office knew California could not afford to finish the Bay Bridge reconstruction at least one month before Caltrans opened bids on the remaining tower. Newly released Caltrans documents, obtained by the Oakland Tribune after a protracted public records request, show for the first time that top state officials were briefed in April 2004 that the bridge would cost more than expected. The memos throw the official line into question. Until now, the Schwarzenegger team had insisted — through heated state Senate investigative hearings earlier this year — that Caltrans sat on a secret April report that showed California...
  • CA: Bridge plan gets voters involved (digging deep into future with a large seismic bond)

    02/24/2005 8:54:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 332+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/24/05 | Steve Geissinger
    SACRAMENTO — State Senate leader Don Perata officially unveiled legislation Wednesday to fund huge Bay Bridge cost overruns and other seismic-retrofit needs throughout the state with a multibillion-dollar bond that would go to voters. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has indicated he would consider Perata's Essential Facilities Seismic Retrofit Bond. Both developments, foreshadowed by the Oakland Tribune last month, could lead to the bond's being placed on the expected November special election ballot. But at the same time, the Republican governor has told the Democratic Senate president pro tem from Oakland that he is still interested in replacing the single-tower suspension span...
  • CA: Auditor demands Caltrans answers - Agency threatened with subpoenas ...

    02/16/2005 8:52:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 343+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/16/05 | Sean Holstege
    The state auditor is deepening her probe into why state transportation officials withheld vital Bay Bridge documents and is threatening subpoenas for the first time. In a letter sent Monday to state Transportation Secretary Sunne Wright McPeak, State Auditor Elaine Howle demanded an investigation into why an April 2004 Caltrans report was never turned over to her office. It showed Caltrans knew the bridge repair program had shattered the budget by $1 billion. "I first learned of this document's existence at the (Jan. 26 Senate Transportation) committee hearing. I am very disturbed by Caltrans' failure to provide the draft quarterly...
  • Financing the Bay Bridge

    02/04/2005 10:17:30 PM PST · by AVNevis · 7 replies · 415+ views
    One of the many controversies involving the Bay Bridge retro-fit fiasco is how to pay for it. Bay area representatives say the Bay Bridge is part of the state highway system and state taxpayers should pay. The Bay Bridge is, indeed, part of the state highway system. So why have local Bay-area governments been allowed all these years to assess tolls on the bridge to line their own pockets? The Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge were financed with revenue bonds financed by the tolls paid by users of those bridges. As originally envisioned, (and sold to the public)...
  • CA: Legislators blast away at Caltrans (Bay Bridge)

    02/02/2005 7:46:43 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 3 replies · 273+ views
    San Mateo County Times ^ | 02/02/2005 | Sean Holstege
    Legislators blast away at Caltrans Dem questions ditching tower; call raised for 'serious' look at bridge 'fiasco' SACRAMENTO — If the mythical Pandora were alive today, she'd be a state senator prying open the box Tuesday that locked away all the secrets of how the Bay Bridge reconstruction became what some are calling California's greatest fiasco of our times. The Senate Transportation Committee held seven hours of hearings into the mess, leaving the Democratic chairman saying he's heard enough and his Republican counterpart calling for a "serious investigation" of the Bay Area's decision in 1998 to build an elaborate tower...
  • CA: Caltrans officials make case for switching Bay Bridge design

    02/01/2005 5:48:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 720+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/1/05 | Terence Chea - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - State transportation officials faced intense questioning Tuesday over their proposal to replace the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge with a structure that is less spectacular but presumably less expensive than the badly over-budget project currenty planned. Will Kempton, director of the California Department of Transportation, attempted to persuade skeptical lawmakers to scrap the approved design - a so-called single-tower suspension bridge - and instead complete the two-mile span with a towerless concrete skyway. "We need to get a seismically safe bridge built as soon as possible," Kempton told lawmakers at the Senate Transportation Committee...
  • CA: (Bay) Bridge tower to blame for soaring costs (Caltrans)

    02/01/2005 8:53:48 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 958+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/1/05 | Sean Holstege
    State transportation secretary Sunne Wright McPeak returns to the Capitol today to explain her thinking on the Bay Bridge reconstruction, but this time she'll be armed with a report of her own. The 68-page report, released Monday, shows that a team of outside consultants agrees with her: The tower design for the new eastern span is responsible for just over half of the $2.5 billion-cost increase last year. It's backed up by five academics from around the country and is the most detailed support yet for McPeak's decision to scrap the tower for a skyway. "We're very hopeful this information...
  • CA: Lawmakers grill Caltrans officials over troubled Bay Bridge

    01/26/2005 5:56:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 911+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/26/05 | Terence Chea - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers grilled state transportation officials Wednesday over efforts to replace the seismically unsound eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, a multibillion-dollar project that has been plagued by delays, cost overruns and political infighting. Sunne Wright McPeak, secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, and Will Kempton, director of the California Department of Transportation, faced intense questioning about why costs for the Bay Bridge project have nearly doubled and why Caltrans officials waited so long to notify lawmakers. "People expect accountability," Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, said at the Senate Transportation Committee hearing. "We're not...
  • It's governor vs. Democrats in costly game of Bay Bridge tug-of-war

    01/26/2005 7:51:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 381+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/26/5 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's call for a redesign of the Bay Bridge's eastern span could mean putting the bridge's entire $3 billion funding package on hold for up to two more years. "It could be a long stall,'' if the governor digs in on his plan to drop the single-tower suspension bridge in favor of the freeway-on-stilts causeway, state Sen. Tom Torlakson said Tuesday. It could also mean leaving the controversial design issue hanging around the governor's neck just as he's facing re-election -- complicating the fight even further. Torlakson, D-Antioch, who chairs the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, and other...
  • CA: Report: Governor's Bay Bridge plan could end up costing more

    01/24/2005 8:42:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 861+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 1/24/05 | Steve Lawrence - AP
    SACRAMENTO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's attempt to save money by replacing the eastern span of the Bay Bridge with a towerless concrete skyway could end up costing more than the suspension bridge favored by local leaders, the legislative analyst said Monday. The analyst, the Legislature's adviser on budget matters, said the skyway could run into design and environmental problems that would add to its current estimated construction costs, which range from $800 million to $1.7 billion. The suspension bridge would be more complicated than the skyway and would cost $1.2 billion to $2.1 billion to build, according to current projections....
  • Hearings will probe Caltrans

    01/22/2005 11:46:21 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 264+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 1/22/5 | Mike Adamick
    Lawmakers plan to lash Caltrans and the agency that oversees it in a series of hearings next week, berating top officials for concealing cost overruns on the $5.9 billion Bay Bridge replacement. But the fist-pounding has deeper implications for the state Department of Transportation because the hearings may well lead to a complete overhaul of how Caltrans manages major road projects throughout California. "We absolutely need reforms in terms of the management of big projects before we launch into a final solution and funding package," said state Sen. Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch, chairman of the transportation committee for the Legislature's upper...
  • Bay Bridge work stoppage criticized

    01/13/2005 9:26:42 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies · 525+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 1/13/5 | Mike Adamick
    State Senate leaders condemned the Schwarzenegger administration's decision to halt work on a suspension-span foundation for the new Bay Bridge, saying Wednesday the move could drive up the price for a bridge that is already on a collision course with the $6 billion mark. The stop-work order issued this month could add more than $100 million in penalties to a foundation contract that was supposed to cost $177 million, although administration officials contend the additional penalties would be closer to $30 million. The contract is one facet of a construction project that has been mired in political delays, miscalculated price...
  • State still paying millions on span plan in limbo

    01/05/2005 8:00:05 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 252+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/5/5 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Want to know how goofy things really are with the Bay Bridge boondoggle? The state is still spending millions of dollars to keep building part of the very same high-priced "signature span'' that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants scrapped. It turns out that Kiewit-FCI-Manson -- the joint venture hired to build the $175 million foundation for the single-tower suspension section of the bridge's new eastern span -- is still fabricating steel portions of the support structure in Oregon . . . and billing the state for every piece of it. Whether the span is built or not. State Department of Transportation...
  • State official discusses decision to change bridge

    12/20/2004 8:06:21 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 379+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/20/4 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Leave it to the French to make the Americans look bad. It was unfortunate for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that his decision to replace the Bay Bridge's signature span with a skyway that critics call a "freeway on stilts" was promptly followed by the French opening a spectacular bridge over the Tarn Valley. A butterfly-like structure, we might add, that President Jacques Chirac declared an "audacious'' work of art and symbol of "a modern and conquering France.'' With that in mind, we called the person who made the Bay Bridge call -- state Business, Transportation and Housing Secretary Sunne Wright McPeak...
  • Come See Our Hideous Slab

    12/17/2004 7:47:42 AM PST · by SmithL · 104 replies · 3,334+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/17/4 | Mark Morford
    As the world swoons over France's soaring beauty of a bridge, S.F. gets slapped with an eyesore And did you hear the one about how those gul-dang baguette-sucking antiwar French just completed work on this astounding new bridge, a soaring, airy, delicate thing erected in southern France, and it's all over the international press and the French people are justifiably proud and even the venerable Le Monde has deemed the new Millau bridge a "work of art," and the amazing pictures are being featured everywhere, for good reason? And you look at the photos and see the breathtakingly elegant architecture...
  • Will Bay Area get 'freeway on stilts' and higher toll?

    12/13/2004 7:41:34 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 519+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/13/4 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    State Senate President Don Perata is calling for a cease-fire on the controversial redesign of the Bay Bridge's new eastern span, saying a prolonged fight will just cause more delays. His advice: Live with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's "freeway on stilts" plan, but make the state pay for it. "As far as the overall design goes, my feeling is not to fight it. That war is over. It will only mean more delays," said Perata, D-Oakland. "Having said that, we are not about to lay down and play dead on how the bridge gets paid for," Perata said in response to...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger wants plainer Bay Bridge (bare-bones skyway/freeway on stilts)

    12/10/2004 8:30:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 847+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/10/04 | Terence Chea - AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration Friday proposed abandoning an expensive suspension design for the eastern stretch of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in favor of a plainer, cheaper concrete skyway. "We need a safe bridge completed as soon as possible at a reasonable cost," said Sunne Wright McPeak, secretary of California's Business, Housing and Transportation Agency. "This is a time of very constrained resources for the state of California." The bare-bones skyway design could shave between $300 million and $400 million off a project whose price tag ballooned from $2.6 billion to $5.1 billion, McPeak said. She...
  • Governor picks simpler Bay Bridge plan Stylish design to be abandoned in favor of skyway...

    12/10/2004 7:37:09 AM PST · by SmithL · 77 replies · 1,577+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/10/4 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration is expected to scrap the costly signature design for the Bay Bridge's new eastern span and will instead recommend building a simple skyway, sources close to the negotiations said Thursday. The shift away from a single-tower suspension span to a viaduct, similar in concept to the San Mateo and Dumbarton bridges, is expected to be announced today at a press conference in San Francisco, sources in state and local government said on condition they not be identified. The decision to go with a skyway brings the state all the way back to the original design for...
  • Governor to go for simpler bay span (SF Bay Area)

    12/10/2004 12:45:19 AM PST · by Simmy2.5 · 5 replies · 441+ views
    SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Friday, December 10, 2004 | Phillip Matier & Andrew Ross, Chronicle Staff Writers
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration is expected to scrap the costly signature design for the Bay Bridge's new eastern span and will instead recommend building a simple skyway, sources close to the negotiations said Thursday. The shift away from a single-tower suspension span to a viaduct, similar in concept to the San Mateo and Dumbarton bridges, is expected to be announced today at a press conference in San Francisco, sources in state and local government said on condition they not be identified. The decision to go with a skyway brings the state all the way back to the original design for...
  • Bay Bridge costs could force design change State officials are told to consider new plan for span

    10/08/2004 12:35:55 PM PDT · by Simmy2.5 · 13 replies · 2,255+ views
    SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Friday, October 8, 2004 | Michael Cabanatuan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Bridge-building experts advised state transportation officials in April that the cost of the single-tower suspension span would soar past Caltrans estimates and urged them to cut costs by considering a different design. But the state ignored that advice until last week, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to reject the sole $1.4 billion bid on the suspension span and look at redesigning the bridge to save as much as $500 million, or seek new bids.
  • State rejects bridge bid Bay span to be rebid or redesigned

    10/01/2004 3:50:42 PM PDT · by Simmy2.5 · 3 replies · 426+ views
    SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Friday, October 1, 2004 | Michael Cabanatuan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Sacramento -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, betting that new bids or a different design for the new Bay Bridge will save hundreds of millions of dollars and won't cause further delays, rejected on Thursday what Bay Area leaders had considered the best chance of getting the span built before the next big earthquake. The state chose to let expire the lone bid for the new bridge's trademark -- a spire-like single-tower suspension span to Yerba Buena Island. The decision, announced by Sunne Wright McPeak, state secretary of business, transportation and housing, is a gamble.
  • CA: Bay Bridge deal may be coming

    08/24/2004 8:35:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 459+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 8/24/04 | Andrew LaMar
    SACRAMENTO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday signaled interest in a stopgap measure to keep Bay Bridge construction going, a sign he may be preparing to abandon his call for toll payers to shoulder $2.5 billion in project cost overruns. Administration officials began negotiating with Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland, as Schwarzenegger's plan appeared to stall in the Assembly. Last week, the governor suggested the Bay Bridge's massive cost overruns should be paid entirely by tolls collected from motorists crossing the region's bridges. The proposal outraged Bay Area lawmakers, who have rallied around a Perata bill that would delay a decision...
  • CA: Bill would force users of bridge to pay overruns

    08/20/2004 9:42:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 350+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 8/20/04 | Tom Bizjak
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger upped the ante Thursday in his fight with Bay Area leaders over the financially troubled Bay Bridge seismic retrofit project, planning to submit legislation that puts the $2 billion-plus overrun cost on motorists using the bridge. The administration said earlier this week it would seek a November ballot measure asking Bay Area voters to approve diverting $1 of the $3 bridge toll to paying for the overruns. The actual wording of the bill, however, makes a November vote mandatory even though several Bay Area county election officials contend that the ballot deadline already has expired. The bill...
  • CA: Bay Bridge budget buster

    08/19/2004 10:15:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 848+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 8/19/04 | Lisa Vorderbrueggen - CoCo Times
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to stick the Bay Area with $2.5 billion in Bay Bridge overruns fails to acknowledge that the state's miscalculation of the true costs, not the span's design, created the problem. Schwarzenegger's staff says the Bay Area's desire for a fancy signature span instead of a plain skyway is a major contributor to the fourfold cost increase on the new Bay Bridge. But Caltrans repeatedly missed the mark with its cost estimates that Bay Area decision-makers relied on in picking the bridge design. When the Bay Area selected the suspension design in 1998, Caltrans said it would...
  • CA: Clock ticks on funds for Bay Bridge

    08/05/2004 8:38:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 341+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 8/5/04 | Mike Adamick
    With a $2.5 billion overrun on the new span and only about $140 million left in the bank, the Bay Bridge project is in danger of running out of money before a solution to the funding gap is found. Caltrans was expected to brief the California Transportation Commission today on the span --now estimated to cost $5.1 billion, according to a draft Caltrans budget document -- but agency spokesman David Anderson said Wednesday the status report has been postponed until next month. That has put the link between Oakland and San Francisco in legislative limbo. Legislators are waiting for Caltrans...
  • CA: Suspension Span Sticker Shock (Bay Bridge bid 1 Billion dollars higher than expected)

    05/27/2004 8:52:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 1,095+ views ^ | 5/27/04 | Michael Cabanatuan - SF Chronicle
    The lone bid for the new Bay Bridge's soaring single-tower suspension span came in more than a billion dollars over the Caltrans' estimate Wednesday. The news left transportation officials scrambling to figure out how to handle the bank-breaking bid. "We expected bad news,'' said state Sen. Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch, "but this is terrible news.'' Only the eastern side of the Bay Bridge is being rebuilt, in two sections. The first section, which begins on the Oakland shore, is made up of the 1.5- mile twin concrete viaducts now under construction. The viaducts will connect to the 1,860-foot single-tower suspension span...
  • Negotiator trying to talk man down from Bay Bridge

    04/02/2004 2:44:22 PM PST · by rivercat · 38 replies · 252+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 04/02/2004 | Bay City News
    The San Francisco Police Department has sent a negotiator to talk down a man who is standing on a railing on the westbound side of the Bay Bridge near Treasure Island, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Virgil Aquilar.Also assisting in the situation is the U.S. Coast Guard, which has sent two boats to the Bay Bridge "for any type of rescue and assistance should the man decide not to go back over the rail onto the auto deck,'' Coast Guard Petty Officer Gabriel Flesher said.
  • Boy's Internet research snags him in FBI web

    10/21/2003 12:28:04 PM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 18 replies · 157+ views ^ | October 21, 2003 | Michael Olesker
    WELL, WE live in nervous times. The terrorists arrive that awful Sept. 11 morning, and the nation spends the past two years trying to cope. The government investigates shadowy places where it never previously stuck its nose, and the civil libertarians shudder. Is Big Brother getting too snoopy? A 12-year-old kid at Boys' Latin researches a paper on the Bay Bridge, and suddenly the FBI's Joint Terrorist Task Force shows up in the headmaster's office. You could laugh if you didn't know the jangled nerves that set off such a reaction.
  • Davis to Mohave

    11/04/2002 6:44:46 PM PST · by forest · 26 replies · 882+ views
    Forest ^ | 11-4-02 | Forest Glen Durland
    --- Does a Trail Exist? --- Published November 4, 2002 by Forest Glen Durland Copyright 2002 by Forest Glen Durland Contents Introduction Treasures attracting various types of people. Gold Fever!!! Tracks - Footprints in the Sand. Here is where the action starts. Definitions Land Swap Game - Here's the routine. Players in the Game References and sources of documentation with excerpts to help research scholars. End Note   Introduction Only facts are presented with links to documentation. The readers are free to check that documentation and form their own conclusions. There definitely exists a big bucks scam involving the swapping...