…in the aftermath of the rejection of toll lanes for the I-405, it is good fiscal stewardship to take a closer look at a modified Alternative 2, making sure that the opportunity cost of failing to consider the merits of doubling the yield of new traffic capacity for an extremely modest cost increase is fully understood [by the incoming nine new OCTA Board members].
From the Sacramento Bee, the who-ever-heard-of State Business, Transportation & Housing Agency has reviewed and cancelled a near $10 million contract with a San Francisco firm that was doing public relations work for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (more here). The Bee reported: Continue reading
We could not help but notice that the usual set of local hangers-on, wannabes and coat holders showed up at the OCTA’s Pre-Proposal Conference today for the $4.7 million “Public Outreach for Interstate 405 Improvement Project”. These vendor conferences are usually scheduled by the Authority when there’s a large bid is rendered as we covered last week: I-405 Needs a $4.7M Spokeshole. 17 potential vendor representatives attended, and we particularly recognized these four: Continue reading
Just as the County’s Waste & Recycling unit requires HB Councilman Matt Harper and four other staffers to handle Public Relations, we’re learning that the PR needs of the OC Transportation Authority are similarly complex — but in this case it’s not an obscure County Department, it’s a FREEWAY. THE 405 NEEDS A “Public Outreach” consultant — for six years, and $4.7 million! We’d speculate the majority of these funds come from Measure M. Continue reading