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- Subject: Re: CalTrans Screw Up
- From: "Bill Allen" <BAllenSE(--nospam--at)mail-gw3.pacbell.net>
- Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 17:31:22 -0800
From: Nigel Mends <nmends(--nospam--at)mt.net>
To: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org <seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org>
Date: Thursday, November 20, 1997 4:25 PM
Subject: Re: CalTrans Screw Up
>Bill Allen wrote:
>> The issue I have the problem with is not of technical nature but of the
>> managerial decision making by CalTrans.
>> Either the welds are O.K. or not O.K. If they are O.K., then the contractors
>> should be paid. If the welds are not O.K., they should be fixed. If the
>> contractors did not do the welding according to the specifications as shown
>> on their bid docs, they should correct the welds at their own expense. If
>> Caltrans discovered that there were flaws in the specifications, then
>> CalTrans should issue a change order to direct the contractors to repair the
>know anything about the facts in this case and have no connection with Caltrans,
>but working in state gummint would allow me to make some guesses about factors
>that *might* play a part in the Caltrans decision.
>leaps to mind is that the cost of correcting the welds might be way out of
>proportion to the cost of the original work, like, for instance, that all of the
>bars that were exposed for welding are now embedded in concrete. The welds
>might be inadequate, but might provide some of the strength they were supposed
>which translates into a weakened ability to take on such a battle, due to
>reduced staffing and budgets. If this factor applies to the case, your remarks
>would represent another of those interesting cases where the public insists on
>less government and lower taxes, yet expects the same level of service to
>continue. Ain't gonna happen, folks. Something's gotta give.
>In summary, I would add to the previous comment that unless you know the FACTS
>of the particular case in question, perhaps you should give CALTRANS a break.
>Try assuming that CALTRANS' management is competent and that they are trying
>their best to do the best job they can for the taxpayers within the framework of
>constraints under which they must attempt to function. Such an attitude would
>make a refreshing change for those of us who work in government.
The facts I know have been derived from a television news report. The information I
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