The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 17, 2011
From the notebook: Privatizing California's infrastructure

notebook-thumb-216x184-9328.jpgWe can never get everything we learn into a news story. "From the notebook" posts give you some of the extra details behind the news.

Bay Bridge construction inspection controversy from the perspective of the ongoing debate between labor and business over public-private partnerships.

Here are some of the documents and websites that informed the column:

The 2011-12 State Budget Summary. (The Department of Transportation info starts on page 83).

The Legislative Analyst's Office's recommendation that lawmakers modify the 2011-12 budget to allow Caltrans to contract up to 20 percent of "Capital Outlay Support" work for infrastructure projects.

The Bureau of State Audits report on Caltrans' capital outlay support program.

The San Diego Union Tribune's May 27 report: "Lessons From Bankruptcy of South Bay Expressway"

The Professional Engineers in California Government's public-private partnerships issues webpage.


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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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