Thursday, December 13, 2012
WASS Oakland Edition
State officials overseeing construction of the newSan Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge agreed this year to pay a public relations company nearly $10 million for services the Brown administration says it knew nothing about, including hundreds of thousands of dollars to conduct tours and to produce a video and commemorative book.
The administration said Wednesday that it has ordered the contract's cancellation, after theCalifornia Department of Transportationprovided records of the contract to The Bee at the newspaper's request.
The public relations company, San Francisco-based Words Pictures Ideas LLC, had performed similar work for the state under a separate contract long before the most recent contract was awarded.
"When we found out about it, we cancelled it," said Jim Evans, a spokesman for the state Business, Transportation & Housing Agency, which oversees Caltrans.
Bullshit. You got caught by the SacBee doling out goodies and went into full on CYA mode.