Audit delivers another hit to California tunnels project
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Critical Audit Another Hit To $16 Billion Delta Tunnels Project
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According to the audit, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and other contractors involved in WaterFix wanted Hallmark to replace a manager who was not working full time on the project.
Credits: EPA, Getty, Hillary Guzik, KTLA, Sarya StukesThe new manager was hired not for engineering expertise, state officials said, but to control costs. Other consultants were in charge of engineering. The state said Hallmark cut the number of staff by 40 percent and reduced costs by 65 percent.
A boater appears to be driving away from a rainbow where the Antioch bridge can be seen along the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta in Antioch, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. In Irish mythology, the pot of gold is hidden at the end of a rainbow by a small member of the fairy family called the leprechaun, according to reference.com. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)
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Sacramento Bee photographers found a few people willing to tell us why they are homeless.“They (the state) would have known that years earlier and adjusted the project or the plan accordingly,” Michael said. “To say we have to wait until the end to see who is in and out, it’s bad government.”
In better news for tunnels supporters, Thursday’s independent audit also found that no state general fund money has been used to date, which is consistent with long-standing promises that only those who benefit from the tunnels will pay for them.
The audit further concluded that the state Department of Water Resources “did not follow state law” when it replaced a key program manager on the project with a company that it hired without a competitive bidding process and which was run by somebody without an engineering degree.Brown’s office referred a request for comment to the Department of Water Resources.“We represent 2 million people,” Varela said. “We want to be certain that what we do as a board is not going to have a major financial impact on our ratepayers. We want to be fair to them. That is our biggest concern.”
NATIONLas Vegas shooting victims: Portraits of the fallen L.A. Now California: This just in LOCAL L.A. Now State auditor faults handling of delta tunnels planning contracts Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times A state audit found that the Department of Water Resources didn’t follow proper procedures in awarding planning contracts for California WaterFix, a proposed tunnel project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. A state audit found that the Department of Water Resources didn’t follow proper procedures in awarding planning contracts for California WaterFix, a proposed tunnel project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times) Bettina BoxallContact Reporter California water managers awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to a Sacramento consulting firm without going through the required competitive bidding process, according to the state auditor.Department spokeswoman Erin Mellon said in an email that officials will consider auditors’ recommendations, but the audit validates the exhaustive work the department has done to propose the best project for California.Hallmark’s primary goal was cost-control, where it has done an outstanding job, officials wrote.