The Water Cooler – A “Modest” $5.6 Million to Celebrate the New Bay Bridge

February 7, 2013 12:00 pm · 78 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

According to a report by CBS5, the Metropolital Transportation Commission wants to spend what they say is a “modest $5.6-million” to celebrate the opening of the new Bay Bridge.

What’s your opinion? Does the new bridge need a $5.6-million party?

Talk about it….

Don't Censor Me Bro February 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Spend away it’s only money, no?

tired of taxes February 7, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Hell no! But a peon’s opinion has never mattered or stopped any government goon from frivolously spending money.

Econ101 February 7, 2013 at 12:07 PM

It’s not like this money evaporates once it’s spent… It continues through the economy providing demand and creates many, many jobs down the road. This money way made here, it should be spent here.

Bob the Repairman February 7, 2013 at 12:08 PM

A total waste of money!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rebecca February 7, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Well that all depends on wether or not I’m invited to the party :).

escapehatch February 7, 2013 at 12:12 PM

This Metropolital Transportation Commission is out of control as shown by that building they bought. If it is such a good investment, let them put their retirement fund in it. Then the consequences of their decisions will affect them personally. Also, maybe they should take the $5.6 million out of their vacation fund if it is such a happy event.

Dee February 7, 2013 at 12:13 PM

In a word ….NO

J. February 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM

No. Heck no.

Antler February 7, 2013 at 12:21 PM

No. If they truly have extra funds, let them use our money for maintenance or let them give people a no-toll crossing for a day or so.

A Claycordian is working on the lights February 7, 2013 at 12:21 PM

A month or two ago, I bumped into a Claycordian and began conversing…he said that for his job, he was working on the new lights for the Bay Bridge. It sounded like just the lights installation was a huge project, so I’m glad that some of that $ is going to put food on the table for a Claycord family. Probably a lot of the expenditure will put food on the table for several other Claycord and Bay Area families, too.

Susan February 7, 2013 at 12:23 PM


David February 7, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Yeah, fire some more teachers, close some more soup kitchens and shelters. I bet we can make it 10 no problem. Take away more school programs we can probably get to 15. Reach deep, people!

Anon777 February 7, 2013 at 12:26 PM


Pegasus February 7, 2013 at 12:32 PM


Concordian February 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Over $5million for a party? I’d like to offer my party planning and coordinating services and put a bid in to throw a party for the cost of crossing the bridge for free, for life. That’s gonna be maybe $100,000 paid out over the next how many years? Seriously folks, it’s a party and should not be expensive. We can all have a great time for free.

It will be BYOB, a potluck, and hosted at Treasure Island with live bands, artists, vendors (who will pay to be there.)

Seems like they want to spend all this money and not invite the people along.

Jenny February 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM

inappropriate use of funds. the government is NOT a jobs program, people

WC44 February 7, 2013 at 12:34 PM

What a waste. We should have just built the concrete ramp that Pete Wilson proposed and been done a decade ago at 1/4 the costs.

BornBitter February 7, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Seeing as how they came in so far under budget…

Richards Family February 7, 2013 at 12:40 PM

No, and comment not needed, of than MTA duh!

Buddy February 7, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Are they crazy??? Put that money back into the schools they keep closing. What a bunch of loonies!

old concord February 7, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Photo op=) but the price may go up if you Americans want some big star names to make it special. Realy I wonder what they add into the cost to make it so much.

Jeff February 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

And we trust this government with taking away our constitutional rights???

Sure thing. You take away more and more of my rights so you can tell me what’s best for me. All while you continue to show complete disregard for our financial well being – you can’t even pass a budget yet you spend millions on illegals, billions on a train to nowhere….and then you tell us that we can’t have our 2nd amendment rights? the first amendment will be the next to fall under this current crop of crappy politicians.

SCREW California. Corrupt politicians all around us. They don’t care about YOU, they care about themselves only! This is another perfect example of wasteful spending!!!

Bubbles February 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM

all the MTC does is waste money. They raised the bridge tolls from a buck to five in only a couple years so they could waste money. Then they tried to build an extravagant office and waste over 100 million. They are out of control. Stop the waste and lower the bridge tolls.

Sacto Rob February 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM

@ Econ 101- The government can’t spend money it hasn’t already pulled out of the economy, where it was already creating jobs.

DoReMi February 7, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Econ101 February 7, 2013 at 12:07 PM
It’s not like this money evaporates once it’s spent… It continues through the economy providing demand and creates many, many jobs down the road. This money way made here, it should be spent here.


Or. You could allow truck vendors and artisans set up for a fee, let everyone wander around buying food and what nots. Creating income for individuals without ALL the money being laundered through the government. I bet the cost could be cut by two thirds. Some one could sell “I Walked the Bay Bridge 2013′ Tee shirts.

Mig February 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Spending that money will boost the economy even if just a little. It will also draw some publicity to continue the tourism business which also boots the economy. You have to encourage some spending in order to infuse growth. I support this effort as it will indirectly benefit many families locally.

Pleasant Jenny February 7, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Reader’s Comprehension was a tough course for a few of ya’ll, eh?

Sacto Rob February 7, 2013 at 12:59 PM

The Bay Bridge rebuild was originally supposed to take five years and cost just under a billion dollars. It’s now close to taking 25 years to complete, at a cost of nearly $6 Billion. Only a government bureacracy would want to spend another $5.6 million to celebrate such a “success.”
BTW, remember that stat- five times the scheduled buildout at six times the cost, for the state to build a half a bridge some three miles long, the next time you hear how the state is going to build a 400-mile long High Speed Rail System for $65 billion in 20 years.

Reality says... February 7, 2013 at 1:01 PM

How about 5.6m worth of free tolls to those who use the bridge instead.

Parsnip February 7, 2013 at 1:02 PM

A “party” to FURTHER inconvenience bridge users who were already inconvenienced by bridge closure during construction?

The one who brainstormed this idea doesn’t use the bridge.

Lori February 7, 2013 at 1:03 PM

R I D I C U L O U S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Claycord resident February 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM

No. The MTC should be practical and just open up the bridge without fanfare.

Triple Canopy February 7, 2013 at 1:06 PM

That money should go towards transporation improvements… not some transient fling.

nellie February 7, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Let the party be free bridge toll for all.

RanchgirlCA February 7, 2013 at 1:16 PM

No. What they should have done was build this with all American made materials. No reason to celebrate.

Know it all February 7, 2013 at 1:18 PM

F*ck no! Are they crazy?! If they do this party Gov. Brown should be recalled!!

Starfish February 7, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Priority evaluation is a definite must.

Starfish February 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I have to agree with TC and many others in this case-the money should be going to a benefit for public improvements.

Rico February 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Are you bleeping kidding me? This from the same bleeps that refused to reconsider Desaulnier’s request to make a comfy new office for the MTC. My bet is that $5.6 is going to make for quite a fun time for those MTC clowns.

Antler February 7, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Pegasus at #14 ~ ~ ~ Best post of the lot!

Killjoy February 7, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Wait until they complain that they need to raise tolls again, just to cover some other costs. Costs that could have been avoided if they hadn’t thrown this party.

I say no. Open the damned bridge and let people get on wih their lives.

Killjoy February 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM


Fat fingers and an iPhone keypad do not mix very well. 😛

Dorothy February 7, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Modest? What are we getting for this “mosest” amount? Cake and ice cream for everyone who shows up?

Howard K. Mullins III February 7, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Just goes to show how these organizations like MTC and BABBQ are out of control. Supposedly they are overseen by the state, but obviously the state has lost any influence it may have had.

No, there should be no big party. MTC has wasted enough of the publics money.

BagsFlyFree February 7, 2013 at 2:09 PM

This is just a pat your back party for a bridge that is over a decade late in being built.. Save the money and let the public, “the true” owners of the span enjoy it on foot for a day then open her up to the vehiculars… MTC is a joke of a department.

BFF Out!

Randome Task February 7, 2013 at 2:28 PM

M.T.C….. Milking The Californians one money laundering project after another ….just like when they purchased the building in SF …the owner doubled his price so the MTC could get a kickback …won’t see that in the papers …they got paid off as well …as they are run by the polititions as well ….open the books and follow the money and justify the costs.

The Dude February 7, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Completely agreed Sacto Rob. I can’t believe the faulty economics people will use to try and justify the massive overspending by our government.

Randome Task February 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM

no for this party ….about 3 million will be spent and the other is payoffs for future rights and or collection of bridge toll hikes and or false road repair funds to further line their pockets. Criminals laughing in your face as they take your money and nothing you can do about it …..sounds like Concord City Crookouncil.

Chicken February 7, 2013 at 2:33 PM

I Think it would fun…… we can invite the 49ers and celebrate both victories!!!

tommyo February 7, 2013 at 3:03 PM

I think when people here $5.6 they think the money is being poured down the bay and wasted. What people are not realizing is this is surplus money from the original project that is going to be injected back into the local economy to benefit local businesses, instead of being held back in coffers, sitting stagnant. There are a lot more dynamics to that question than what is on the surface. A little of a naive question that, not thought out completely, will get naive answers. But it did get people talking about it. LOL

Indeed February 7, 2013 at 3:07 PM

I heard that there was money left over and they want to use this money for a celebration. I only ask Why ? Why not save the left over money. ?

Cowellian February 7, 2013 at 3:10 PM

That money could be better spent building 93 fences in Concord!

JRConcord February 7, 2013 at 3:34 PM

That should be one hellava intergalactic kegger!!

Lorelei February 7, 2013 at 3:53 PM

How completely insensitive and selfish. The pigs who make decisions like that should be ashamed of themselves. We need more teachers, police and firefighters, not a five million dollar party. Disgusting…….

SMILE February 7, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Im all for it! It’s better than giving it to people who dont deserve- AKA: People who Pimp the system.

GG February 7, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Party? What the hell. It’s a bridge replacing an existing bridge. Build it. Open it. And move on. And we wonder why there is zip in accountability for expenditures in our tax dollars.

Dorothy February 7, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Maybe instead of spending that “modest” amount they can do walking on bridge toll.

Chuckie the Troll February 7, 2013 at 5:59 PM

How about lowering the toll by a buck instead? Then everyone could celebrate. Once again, it’s easy to spend other people’s money.

TinFoiler February 7, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Now you know where your Bridge Tolls go. Oh, and they are laughing at You.
Mad yet? You should be.

bj February 7, 2013 at 6:55 PM

ECON 101
You need to change your name to Obama ECON101. Either you are joking or an idiot.

Atticus Thraxx February 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Takes stones to throw a $5,000,000 party after the taxpayers gifted the state with a fat tax hike. California taxpayers have a short memory I guess. Just wait people, the spending hasn’t even begun. Like giving your debit card to drunk teenagers. It would be kinda funny, if it wan’t kinda of tragic.

annon February 7, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Bunch of jehovah’s witnesses in here tonight.

So I guess you guys are not in favor of 4th of July parades or fireworks funded by city governments? Nope, can’t be spending public money on celebrations.

But if they have the bridge walk Labor Day weekend, I bet more than a few Claycordians will be there for that. BART will make money, restaurants & bars downtown will make money All sorts of vendors & and related event activities stand to make money.

You have to spend money to make money folks, and a 5.6 million injection into our local economy plus all the dough the participants in the party will spend are a good thing.

Or we could go all austerity and end up like Greece.

BCuzItzClaycord February 7, 2013 at 8:04 PM

For less than a million they could have a ribbon cutting, a couple of high school bands play, cookies and punch from Costco………..and use the rest of the $$$$ to fix up the crappy roads in Calif. Honestly the highways/freeways in Calif are some of the worse (condition wise) I have seen/driven on.

Pass Me Another Hundred, My Cigar Went Out February 7, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Let me take a shot in the dark here, are they democrats?

Why Not It's NOT Their Money February 7, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Rumor has it they are renaming headquarters building San Simeon North.

Steve February 7, 2013 at 8:44 PM


Right on!

Pass Me Another Hundred, My Cigar Went Out February 7, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Email the story along with mentioning State deficit problems to as many news media WORLD WIDE as possible. Embarrassment works on politicians almost as good as it does on bosses. You would be amazed how fragile they are when embarrassed, it is so much fun to watch them squirm.

Robert February 7, 2013 at 9:19 PM

You can complain about the cost but those extra lanes will be nice. Oh, really, you mean there will only be new lanes for bicycles and peds?

Ego First February 7, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Perfect example of what is So Wrong in CA.

Starfish February 7, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Robert, are you sure they are creating lanes for bicycles and peds? I looked on line and I didn’t see this in their design plans. The only proposal I saw was the planned party which consists of a 10k run, a bike ride and a walk over the expanse of the bridge with all of the lanes closed to cars.

Starfish February 7, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Bay Bridge info:

Safety Second February 7, 2013 at 10:01 PM

just tax the rich…riiiiiiiiight! You stupid ass voters just keep voting for the career politicians who will gladly piss away others money!

Ancient Mariner February 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM

As Roebling said when they had the big party for the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, “They should have just put up a sign that said ‘The Bridge Is now Open’ “.

The Phantom February 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Kim Kardashian spent $10,000,000 on 440 guests.= $22,727.27 each.
Bridge Budget $5,600,000 on 400,000 guests = $14.00 each

We have lost our party, party, boogie, woogie…the bridge is the newest ride.

Don’t be mad; get your glad rags on and dance, dance, dance.

Starfish February 7, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Hmmmm….it’s all crap. So people don’t get your heads twisted. Just a reason to un-account for any extra money that may happen to be lying around as the execs line their paychecks.

Cal February 8, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Spend, spend spend and tax us more so those in power can pat themselves on the back for spending and taxing. The party will happen no matter what.

Kirkwood February 8, 2013 at 11:08 AM

$865K for porta-potties! (C.C.Times)
Ok – Maybe for the ladies, but for the guys what’s more fun than peeing from a great height into a body of water? Rember your youth?

Atticus Thraxx February 8, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Senator DeSaulnier is the Senate Transportation Committee Chairman. Here’s where you can go and let him know how you feel about him spending 5.6 million dollars of taxpayer money on a party.

I urge you to let your voice be heard, maybe we can stop the bleeding some.
I damn sure did.

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