When California shifted its bullet train plan into high gear in 2008, it had just 10 employees to manage and oversee design of the largest public construction project in state history.Consultants assured the state there was little reason to hire hundreds or thousands of in-house engineers and rail experts, because the consultants could handle the heavy work themselves and save California money. It would take them only 12 years to bore under mountains, bridge rivers and build 520 miles of rail bed — all at a cost of just $33 billion.State officials followed that advice, and for the next several years, development of the nation’s first high-speed rail line was overseen by a minuscule government staff.Now, more than a decade later, that decision has proved to be a foundational error in the project’s execution — a miscalculation that has resulted in the California High-Speed Rail Authority being overly reliant on a network of high-cost consultants who have … [Read more...] about How California’s high-speed rail project was ‘captured’ by costly consultants
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Robert Weisman Globe Staff March 21, 2019 MARLBOROUGH — As snow melted outside the columned entrance to the Christopher Heights assisted living complex last week, Mary Massauro celebrated her 101st birthday with lobster pot pie, a blue balloon tied to her chair. Residents chatted in the dining room about family and politics. Down the hall, 92-year-old Dottie Creamer was enjoying a visit with her son.Creamer, who had lived alone before moving in last fall, said she felt like “a freight train that was out of control” after she stumbled and fell. “I was so fortunate to come here,” she said.In the future, however, even good fortune might not be enough to help folks like Creamer. Communities such as Christopher Heights, which reserves more than half of its apartments for middle-income tenants, are in short supply. And the price tag is out of … [Read more...] about Bracing for an influx, senior housing operators face rising costs and declining subsidies
Melody Gutierrez, Los Angeles Times Published 7:22 am PST, Thursday, March 7, 2019 In this file photo, the final steel truss span of the Old Bay Bridge is seen through the open door of a CalTrans vehicle in Oakland, CA, on Tuesday March 28, 2017. In this file photo, the final steel truss span of the Old Bay Bridge is seen through the open door of a CalTrans vehicle in Oakland, CA, on Tuesday March 28, 2017. Photo: Michael Short, Special To The Chronicle Buy photo Photo: Michael Short, Special To The Chronicle Image 1 of / 39 Caption Close Image 1 of 39 In this file photo, the final steel truss span of the Old Bay Bridge is seen through the open door of a CalTrans vehicle in Oakland, CA, on Tuesday March 28, 2017. In this file photo, the final steel truss span of the Old Bay … [Read more...] about Oakland Caltrans worker retires with $405k in unused vacation. That wasn’t tops in California.
WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional panel said on Monday that it has served document requests on 81 government agencies, entities and individuals as part of an investigation into alleged obstruction of justice and other abuses by President Donald Trump and others.Among those targeted by the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee are the president's sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, WikiLeaks, White House aide and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former White House counsel Doug McGahn."We have seen the damage done to our democratic institutions in the two years that the Congress refused to conduct responsible oversight. Congress must provide a check on abuses of power," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a statement.Among the committee's aims is determining whether Trump may have obstructed justice by ousting perceived enemies at the … [Read more...] about US House panel issues 81 document requests in Trump obstruction probe
Claudia Lauer and Michael Kunzelman Associated Press Published 1:42 PM EST Jan 4, 2019 Philadelphia – As the government’s partial shutdown pushed toward a third week, hundreds of thousands of federal workers are feeling the financial pinch. They’re calling mortgage companies, hoping for a break, and weighing the risks of letting other bills go unpaid. They’re reheating leftovers and turning down the thermostat to save a few bucks. They’re looking into applying for loans or unemployment insurance. Their worries go beyond household budgets. Some are stressed about the unfinished work piling up in their absence while President Donald Trump and Congress clash over a plan for reopening the government. For many furloughed federal employees, the worst part is the uncertainty over how long the shutdown will last. A look at some of their worries: Saving receipts This is Nora Brooks’ favorite time of the year. Not because of the holidays, but because of … [Read more...] about Unpaid bills, leftovers, downtime: Federal workers cope in shutdown