Debra J. Saunders

With the help of the Clinton administration, Democratic Gov. Gray Davis managed to end Willie Brown's delaying tactics in 2000. "Like everyone else, I wanted an aesthetically attractive bridge," Davis told me, "but I felt a sense of urgency."

Meanwhile, cost projections for the span have soared from $1.4 billion in 1998 to $6.3 billion today. You see, during the years of doing nothing here, building booms in Asia drove up the cost of steel. No surprise, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission is considering another toll increase.

Gov. Wilson opined, "It could have been finished a long time ago." But as then-Berkeley Mayor Shirley Dean said, "We don't need to rush."

Debra J. Saunders

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