The Eastern span of the Bay Bridge is the region’s biggest-budget project. Plans for the seismically strong segment were first developed in 2002. It’s been more than a decade and the single suspension structure has cost more than $6 billion, which makes it overdue and over budget.
Recent issues involving snapping rods and improperly galvanized bolts may delay the long-awaited Labor Day opening.
San Francisco Chronicle reporter Jaxon Vanderbeken has been covering the Bay Bridge controversies. KALW’s Ben Trefny sat down with him for a wide-ranging conversation.
A discussion of Oakland's fiscal health and looming pension costs. Oakland is being challenged to find ways honor its pension and retirement obligations while providing essential city services. How realistic is the city's Five-Year Financial Plan? What lessons can be learned from Oakland's approach to its unfunded liabilities?
One of the areas hit hardest by state budget cuts is California’s judicial branch. Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature cut $350 million from the court system this past fiscal year.
In response, courts across the state have had to reduce hours and lay off staff. In San Diego, San Bernardino, Tulare, and Fresno counties, whole courthouses have closed down. That means people who have civil and family court proceedings like restraining orders, custody cases, and divorce will have to travel further, wait longer, and pay more to use the legal system.