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  •  Did you read the article? (1+ / 0-)
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    snwflk

    "By early 2010, 12 of 28 had been lifted into place over the bay. By the end of that year, 19 had been installed."
    Brown was inaugurated in Jan. 2011.
    This incompetent contractor was doing fabrication NOT construction. Seeing as how, at least, 19 of the 28 box girders were installed before Brown was in office I doubt the contractor was even around to fire. If you had read the piece and were not frothing at the mouth over moonbeam you may have come to the same conclusion. BTW the bridge has been open since Sept 2, 2013. I totally agree that people should be fired and maybe brought up on criminal charges over this but for fuck sake put the blame where it belongs.

    •  2011-2013 (0+ / 0-)

      From the article:

      Tony Anziano, Caltrans’ top executive for the new Bay Bridge, visited Shanghai, where much of the span was made, at least 64 times during construction. [...] Anziano’s monthly travel expenses from June 2006 to August 2013:

      The chart shows Anziano's travel to Shanghai continuing through August 2013, though not as frequently (or expensively) as 2006-2011. The Chinese ripoff didn't end with Brown's election.

      Meanwhile, you "totally agree that people should be fired and maybe brought up on criminal charges over this". Why aren't you disappointed Governor Brown hasn't done so in the 3 years he's been responsible for doing that? Why blame a governor who's long gone, instead of the one who pressure could change to doing his job? Especially as he runs (yet again) for reelection.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 03:10:24 PM PDT

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      •  No need to get all partisan here (0+ / 0-)

        Just pointing out how I remember being struck by the typical bully-like attitude of the PR people that the GOP installed after Arnold was elected. It would not suprise me, being well acquainted with our corporate rulers - who tend to show great preference to the GOP and use them as their tool - if an arrangement was made that benefited all the deal-makers at the expense of people's lives. The whole point was to get a secure bridge up before the next big earthquake. Luckily the big one didn't happen in the 24 years between when the Eastern Span had a fatal collapse in the '89 earthquake and when the replacement span was finished. Now it appears the new span may be less safe than the old one.

        •  I'm Nonpartisan (0+ / 0-)

          The charges of partisanship for putting blame not only where it belongs but where it might actually do some good are offensive.

          "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

          by DocGonzo on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 08:14:25 PM PDT

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