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chpbrown.jpgGov. Jerry Brown, apparently unfazed by reports of broken and suspect bolts on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, said today when asked about the problem, "Look, s--- happens."

The Democratic governor said it would be "premature to pull our hair out" over the cracked bolts, which threaten to delay the $6.4 billion structure's scheduled opening in September.

"Don't know if it's a setback," Brown told reporters after a California Highway Patrol memorial event in West Sacramento. "I mean, look, s--- happens."

Brown since last summer has maintained unwavering support for the state's construction and oversight of the new bridge, dismissing questions about its structural integrity.

He said this morning, "There are very professional engineers that are looking at this thing, and when they're ready to give us their report, I think the public will be satisfied."

PHOTO CREDIT: Gov. Jerry Brown, right, speaks with reporters in West Sacramento on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. David Siders / Sacramento Bee


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