The corruption is also close to home.You are right! Caltrans is corrupt:
3 charged with Caltrans bribery scheme
Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle July 29, 2010 06:12 PM Copyright San Francisco Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Friday, July 30, 2010
(07-29) 18:12 PDT SACRAMENTO -- Two Bay Area contractors were charged Thursday with bribing a Caltrans supervisor in Stockton to win state transportation contracts, federal prosecutors said.
A federal grand jury in Sacramento indicted Siavash "Mike" Poursartrip, 56, and Sara Shirazi, 52, both of Walnut Creek, along with the Caltrans employee, Clint Gregory, 48, of Sacramento, on charges of bribery, bid-rigging and fraud, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner's office said.
Prosecutors said Poursartrip and Shirazi gave Gregory money, a Persian rug, a cell phone and other gifts to win contracts for their firm, InfoTek Associates. InfoTek's website describes it as an Oakland company specializing in software and communications.
Each contract was worth less than $131,000, but Caltrans lost a total of more than $1.2 million, prosecutors said.
They said the defendants also paid straw bidders to sidestep a Caltrans rule that at least two contractors must compete for each project.
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A local Caltrans senior construction engineer had his driveway paved by a local contractor who was also the contractor on a local construction project under the Caltran's engineer's responsible management. A change order in the amount of some $20,000 for what reason remains unclear, was signed without queston by the Caltrans senior engineer. Pay-off for his driveway being paid perhaps?
Don't expect an internal investigation. The managment at Caltrans is a tight-knit group.