While the actual design and construction of the new Bay Bridge has taken nearly a quarter century and overrun its cost estimates by billions of dollars, the California State Legislature did its own small part to expedite the project by secretly pushing through a universally unpopular scheme to name the span after former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. And now they're being sued for their ethical violations, fantastic.Â
On September 12, the State Senate passed a resolution 26-7 in favor of the renaming after an earlier 68-0 vote by the Assembly in favor of the measure. This would prevent the Governor from vetoing the measure, which Gov. Brown has promised to do. However, in their haste, the Senate committed ethical violations for which it is now being sued by government watchdog, Bob Planthold. According to Planthold's attorney, Lee Hepner, "the state legislature bypassed several of its policies to fast-track the approval of the resolution and bypass adequate public oversight." Couldn't we all just agree to name it in honor of Emperor Norton?