Senator Mark DeSaulnier Issues Statement on Independent Bay Bridge Reports

August 1, 2014 14:00 pm · 25 comments


Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) issued a statement on this coming Tuesday’s informational hearing of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. The subject of the hearing is: “Bay Bridge Lessons Learned: Receipt of Final Reports”. This hearing includes the submission of an outside investigative report titled: “The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge: Basic Reforms for the Future”.

Additionally, the committee asked the Legislative Analyst’s Office to assemble a panel of independent engineering experts to review processes and procedures taken during the construction of the new Eastern Span of the Bay Bridge. Several of the members of that panel will present their findings to the committee.

The following statement is from Senator Mark DeSaulnier:

“The construction of the new Eastern span of the Bay Bridge ran 10 years late and $5 billion over budget. The toll payers are justifiably frustrated, and they demand answers. As part of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee’s investigation into this project we have brought in outside investigators and experts to provide independent reports in an effort to help find answers. These independent reports speak for themselves—Caltrans needs to become more accessible and open to the public. While it was troubling to watch a project of this magnitude run into so many issues, I am hopeful that it will be the impetus to create a more transparent, accountable Caltrans. I thank the administration for making many officials and documents available during our investigation. It is imperative that the department regain the public’s trust, as we continue to invest in necessary public works projects to improve California’s infrastructure.”



Link to Bay Bridge Hearing Agenda, Outside Investigative Report, and Committee Background Report:

Fred August 1, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Just watch this movie and you will know why.

Sacto Rob August 1, 2014 at 2:44 PM

I have no doubt that DeSaulnier will do an excellent job locking this barn door now that the horse is long gone.

The Mamba August 1, 2014 at 2:47 PM

The same reason many manufacturers are moving back to the US, because… Chinese.

Dorothy August 1, 2014 at 3:12 PM

So what else is new? This is too late to do any good and should have started when the costs started going nowhere but sky high.

futbllwmn August 1, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Too little to late Marky Boy…. Did you check the polls before you formulated your response?

anonanonagain August 1, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Wouldn’t it be grand if they uncovered corruption and theft by any of these contractors, Cal Trans officials and politicians. 5 billion over budget?? I smell a bridge load of rats……

bubba August 1, 2014 at 3:59 PM

typical politician… point the finger at everyone else when it’s convenient. shouldn’t this db apologize for not investigating this earlier? of course not…bc he’s a db politician.

. August 1, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Since Federal Dollars were used, when does the Federal Grand Jury begin hearings?

Terry Kremin August 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Accountable? Seems a great time to have started that was after a certain bay area freeway collapsed, and have had it in place teh whole time.

Too little too late. And just like how the PUC makes PG&E accountable.

Just more connections migrating through appointed positions because they know the right people.

Atticus Thraxx August 1, 2014 at 4:45 PM

A difficult man to admire. So I don’t.

caskydiver August 1, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Talk about stating the obvious. I just wish our Senator would have done a much better job much sooner. This oversight and investigation was warranted YEARS ago. But I guess our Senator had other pressing issues to address, eh?? As part of the Senate Transportation committee, some of the blame lies squarely with the Senator..

Anon August 1, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Whop tee doo! Another Tax-N-Spend Democrats blowing hot air all the way to DC, where he’ll earn enough money to be set for life like that worthless turd Miller. All on the tax payers dime!

reality August 1, 2014 at 11:42 PM

It’s pretty clear this dude has found a platform to further his political advancement without thinking about matters that truly affect all of us. Politicians are what they are……salesmen

Jojo Potato August 2, 2014 at 7:30 AM

@anon : So don’t vote for Mark if you don’t like him. I certainly won’t. Loved the earlier comment about the barn door. $5 billion down the drain and they all just watched it go.

PO'd August 2, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Welcome to the new Massachusetts , where projects come in way over budget, and politicians blame everyone else, while the taxpayer has no voice.
Somebody else is getting greased, and we’re paying for it.

You guys will vote for him AGAIN August 2, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Typical blameshifting from the liar DeSaulnier. Yet he knows he’s said because the majority of the voting public has an IQ of around 85 and will vote for him to go to Congress where he can waste even more of our money while lining his own pockets. Drink more Kool-Aid!!

..... August 2, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Wasn’t Marky part of the MTC? Wtf was he doing back then to ensure proper oversight?
sorry….rhetorical question. Too little, too late.

SKS August 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

A government agency who spends tax dollars needs to be more transparent?

IRS scandal
Benghazi scandal
Obamacare website debacle
AP targeting

Another Obama (and liberal) lie.

Outrage feigned at its best.

ClayDen August 2, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Remember: half of the people are of below average intelligence, though it seems that way more than half of the California voters are.

caskydiver August 2, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Uh…10 years late and billions over budget. Good going, Senator! As a member of that Senate committee, don’t you think you had plenty of time to investigate this DURING construction vs. now?? Where was the oversight when it was most needed? After the fact only does so much…. But then again…this is Kalifornia…land of the blank check.

RIII August 2, 2014 at 7:23 PM

So, who wrote this specification for this specific project? What was the acceptance criterion to participate in this contract? Who accepted the bids? And who administered the performance of this contract? I believe that would be CALTRANS!
Now that we have a finished product, who accepted the completed product? Who inspected this product and was there a “Performance Bond?” Even if this was “Public Money,” tax dollars, there should be some oversight and ability to make someone “Whole” including the people who funded the product, which would be the tax payers! It will be interesting to see “Mark” in action. Does anyone believe there will be anything changed in this task of any future tasks involving “Public Money?” Evidently, we get what someone pays for.

..... August 2, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Yup. The no-information voters will continue voting for him and will elect him.

Idiot Libs.

..... August 2, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Yeah, DeSaulnier had other priorities……”there ought to be a law…”

Remember that? He wanted input from people about what laws they wanted. Quantity does not equal quality.

..... August 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Interesting .

Never says a damn thing but always “issues a statement.”

Effing politicians.

Random Task August 4, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Caltrans needs to become more accessible and open to the public. While it was troubling to watch a project of this magnitude run into so many issues, …………really this is the garbage we are supposed to take ….cal-trans needs to be more accessible ????? what ..wait what so they blow it hide it and say oh well to bad and oh yeah nothing not one person fired not one person held accountable …..oh wait business as usual we all know the dems and cal-trans are under the thumb of the unions ……..which is why we get a comment from a hack trying to keep their own job … you guys really know how to pick em……instead of calling this state demifornia ….ignorant sounds better ….WELCOME TO THE GOLDEN STATE OF IGNORANCE ………all crooks and good liars welcome ….the people love ………….enjoy

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