WALTERS: Brown's classic dance move on Bay Bridge
Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 5:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 5:02 p.m.
Jerry Brown did one of his characteristic political pirouettes Monday.
For months, the governor had dismissed revelations in
He and his minions had disparaged
Brown took some heat for implying that he was not concerned about bridge safety, and when the question arose again on Monday, as Brown visited UC Berkeley to address political science graduates, he responded more maturely.
Not that there really is anything to celebrate. Even if there hadn't been revelations in
From the onset
More than two decades ago, Republican Gov. Pete Wilson proposed a concrete viaduct replacement that could be built quickly and cheaply. But nothing so ordinary was acceptable in a region with an elevated sense of its own specialness, so politicians spent a decade squabbling over the design.
Eventually, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission settled on a compromise
Even so, more years of controversy ensued with Brown, then the mayor of Oakland, complaining long and loudly.
One must wonder, too, whether the Bay Bridge debacle is a harbinger of what could happen on the much-bigger bullet train and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta tunnel projects that Brown so ardently seeks.
Dan Walters is a columnist for the Sacramento Bee.
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