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nraacct
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:57:53 PM

California officials say it's important to give the public a chance to walk across the dazzling new eastern span of the Bay Bridge when it opens Labor Day weekend, even if it costs taxpayers $5.6 million.

Other recent grand celebrations of public projects don't even come close.

Taxpayers shelled out nothing for the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary extravaganza in 2012, an over-the-top Memorial Day weekend gala that culminated in a parade of ships and a dazzling light and fireworks show. The price tag has not been disclosed but a private foundation raised all the money.


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virostek
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:11:30 AM

Why is this in a gas price site?
remay
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 6:52:17 AM

Uh... a little late now to be asking the question...
DanMtz
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 12:32:42 PM

Your first clue that this is a waste of money is that they weren't able to raise it privately.
Ticobird
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 9:23:05 AM

That sure seems excessive for a taxpayer celebration. This decision is just one example of why California's fiscal house is in so much disarray.
Alaydown
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 3:29:11 AM

This is another example of why this state is so much in debt. We have not had a balanced budget in years even though it is required by law. We are the highest taxed and 3rd highest in unemployment at 9.8 percent with real unemployment much higher than that. Only Nevada and Rhode Island are considered higher with 10.2 percent.
Vette1967
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 12:29:39 AM

Somebody will be making money on this deal.
mfgendron
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 12:22:01 AM

Too much money!
1momsunshine
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 12:05:32 AM

NO!
Zing20
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 11:43:27 PM

Why not? Gov Brown said CA is now in the black.
pgerassi
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 8:57:12 PM

NO!
doeslayersr
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 8:25:14 PM

No.
MadFueler
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 6:36:10 PM

It's not a waste, but a morale booster and a promotional expense.
WalkingWV
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 6:12:54 PM

Colossal waste of money.
NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 6:03:20 PM


Certainly not with all the Chinese steel it used, but then the $5.6 mil for Chinese firecrackers is a mere pittance in comparison to the staggering total cost of this Made in China replacement span. Rotsa Ruck in rush hour traffic when the first major quake hits this Chinese marvel!
humblepie
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:54:56 PM

that whole town isnt worth 5.6 million dollars
mastermariner
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:12:22 PM

This is what the article does not tell you

Much of the actual construction of San Francisco's new Bay Bridge was actually done in China. The bridge was then shipped to San Francisco for assembly.
doggod
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:04:13 PM

Of course it's worth it ... to the politicians who get to spend it without worry because it's not theirs. As long as people keep voting for crooks, they're gonna get more of the same.

wrunner
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:48:53 PM

For what it is worth, I hope it is worth it.
tnfran
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:02:29 PM

And for a state that is broke to do this???
schvanda63
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:02:07 PM

And they wonder why their financially in the hole?
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