Not Logged In Log In   Sign Up   Points Leaders
Follow Us    1:12 PM

Message Forum - Read Message

Category: Daily News Article Discussions > Topics Add to favorite topics  
Author Topic: Bay Bridge celebration's $5.6 million price tag: Is it worth it? Back to Topics
nraacct

Champion Author
North Carolina

Posts:9,139
Points:1,772,895
Joined:Jul 2004
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.


Visit Contra Costa Times for full article
REPLIES (newest first) Post a Reply
Profile Pic
virostek
Veteran Author Virginia

Posts:423
Points:90,285
Joined:Oct 2012
Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:11:30 AM

Why is this in a gas price site?
Profile Pic
remay
Champion Author Houston

Posts:9,388
Points:2,719,890
Joined:May 2006
Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 6:52:17 AM

Uh... a little late now to be asking the question...
Profile Pic
DanMtz
Champion Author Oakland

Posts:5,988
Points:1,855,565
Joined:Oct 2009
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.
Profile Pic
Ticobird
Champion Author Huntsville

Posts:5,050
Points:1,645,340
Joined:Oct 2009
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.
Profile Pic
Alaydown
Champion Author Los Angeles

Posts:6,877
Points:1,144,755
Joined:May 2007
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.
Profile Pic
Vette1967
Champion Author Albany

Posts:8,600
Points:1,889,195
Joined:Jun 2009
Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 12:29:39 AM

Somebody will be making money on this deal.
Profile Pic
mfgendron
Champion Author New York

Posts:2,939
Points:837,165
Joined:Sep 2008
Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 12:22:01 AM

Too much money!
Profile Pic
1momsunshine
Champion Author Ottawa

Posts:7,970
Points:1,576,595
Joined:Mar 2010
Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 12:05:32 AM

NO!
Profile Pic
Zing20
Champion Author Fresno

Posts:1,090
Points:687,140
Joined:Nov 2012
Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 11:43:27 PM

Why not? Gov Brown said CA is now in the black.
Profile Pic
pgerassi
Champion Author Milwaukee

Posts:13,544
Points:2,744,340
Joined:Apr 2007
Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 8:57:12 PM

NO!
Profile Pic
doeslayersr
Champion Author Illinois

Posts:12,327
Points:1,484,880
Joined:Dec 2010
Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 8:25:14 PM

No.
Profile Pic
MadFueler
Champion Author Winston-Salem

Posts:3,865
Points:785,995
Joined:Sep 2012
Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 6:36:10 PM

It's not a waste, but a morale booster and a promotional expense.
Profile Pic
WalkingWV
Champion Author West Virginia

Posts:3,875
Points:808,385
Joined:May 2008
Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 6:12:54 PM

Colossal waste of money.
Profile Pic
NHLiveFree
Champion Author New Hampshire

Posts:14,106
Points:2,217,490
Joined:Jun 2008
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!
Profile Pic
humblepie
Champion Author Toledo

Posts:57,736
Points:2,985,895
Joined:Mar 2006
Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:54:56 PM

that whole town isnt worth 5.6 million dollars
Profile Pic
mastermariner
Champion Author Texas

Posts:12,718
Points:1,082,995
Joined:Jun 2011
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.
Profile Pic
doggod
Champion Author Anchorage

Posts:4,340
Points:1,066,160
Joined:May 2009
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.

Profile Pic
wrunner
Champion Author Virginia

Posts:7,142
Points:1,748,715
Joined:Dec 2009
Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:48:53 PM

For what it is worth, I hope it is worth it.
Profile Pic
tnfran
Champion Author Arizona

Posts:6,963
Points:1,438,865
Joined:Dec 2010
Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:02:29 PM

And for a state that is broke to do this???
Profile Pic
schvanda63
Champion Author Lansing

Posts:2,167
Points:807,580
Joined:Mar 2008
Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:02:07 PM

And they wonder why their financially in the hole?
Post a reply Back to Topics