The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 10, 2010
Bay Area project a focal point in public-private partnership debate

Public-private partnerships are resurfacing as a political flash point.

Professional Engineers in California Government announced this morning that it has "launched a paid radio campaign opposing the conversion of the Doyle Drive/Presidio Parkway Project in San Francisco into a wasteful no-bid public-private partnership."

The ads, which you can hear by clicking here and here are aimed at moving the public to contact the California Transportation Commission and demand it kill the deal. The CTC is scheduled on May 19 to decide whether to approve the conversion project contract.

Meanwhile, Assemblyman Roger Niello, R-Fair Oaks, The Reason Foundation and American Council Of Engineering Companies California are sponsoring a discussion this afternoon about public-private partnerships.

The event will be in Room 444 in the Capitol at 3 p.m. and it's open to the public.

ACEC is promoting a planned appearance of Bob Carr, the former premier of New South Wales, Australia. He's going to talk about public-private partnership projects there. "Despite having initial reservations about the value of alternative delivery methods such as P3s for transportation and public infrastructure projects," an ACEC press advisory says, "Carr will talk about how he eventually learned the value of P3s and what his administration learned about using them to help achieve the state's goals."

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