When the news broke last week that the Internal Revenue Service had inappropriately reviewed the tax-exempt status of various far-right groups, an immediate cry went out for heads to roll — and they did, as acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller was ousted Wednesday. It was a natural and rational response to a profound breach of public trust. Read More
The Federal Highway Administration on Monday said it is investigating California’s response to broken steel seismic safety rods on the new span of the Bay Bridge.
Spokesman Doug Hecox said the agency has launched its review after it received a request by state bridge officials, but it did not have an idea of how long the probe would take. The agency will examine Caltrans’ conclusion about the cause of the rod failure and the state’s recommended fix. Read More
The new Bay Bridge span has issues that need to be fully and adequately addressed before the eastern section opens to vehicular traffic. While local, state and federal officials should work in an expedited manner, they should not rush to meet the artificial deadline of a holiday weekend for any grand opening ceremonies. Read More
Fixing a batch of broken bolts on the new Bay Bridge could cost up to $10 million, but it’s still unknown if that work will affect the opening date — and it’s likely Gov. Jerry Brown will make the call on when the structure is ready for traffic. Read More
Transportation officials are scheduled to announce Wednesday a fix for broken bolts on the new span of the Bay Bridge, but it may still be too early to say whether the work will be done in time for the planned Labor Day opening.
In March, inspectors found that 32 steel rods that are used for seismic safety had fractured during tightening. The bolts were part of a batch of 96 from an Ohio-based manufacturer, who also provided 192 rods in 2010. Read More
Transportation officials said Wednesday that it is still too early to determine if a batch of broken bolts on the new Bay Bridge eastern span will prevent the planned Labor Day opening, since major answers about the repairs are still two weeks away. Read More
With a solution for repairing several dozen broken stabilizing rods potentially still months away, Bay Bridge officials conceded Wednesday that they may not meet their Labor Day weekend deadline for opening the rebuilt eastern span. Read More
A state board voted Thursday to pursue the license revocation or suspension of the pilot of an empty oil tanker that sideswiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in January.The California Board of Pilot Commissioners made the decision after its Incident Review Committee recommended the disciplinary action against pilot Guy Kleess. The case now goes before an administrative law judge, who can decide to act on or reject the board's decision. Read More
The agency that oversees bar pilots — who are specially trained to guide large ships through local bays — is expected to announce its decision today about any possible disciplinary action related to the incident in which an empty tanker struck the Bay Bridge in January. Read More
Last year, Bay Area motorists could glance up at huge billboards complaining, “Bay Bridge: 100% Foreign Steel” — part of a campaign launched by domestic manufacturers and union groups.
The messages were intended to shame Caltrans and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the state agencies that own and operate the structure, for purchasing steel from China for the bridge’s new self-anchored suspension span.