Debra J. Saunders

It took Minneapolis a little more than a year to rebuild its downtown bridge that collapsed in 2007. Then-Gov. Pete Wilson oversaw the rebuilding of two bridges, destroyed in the 1994 Northridge quake, in 84 days. But there was no such champion to rebuild the Bay Bridge quickly because that's what voters deserved.

So here we are 24 years after Loma Prieta, about to celebrate a new, improved Bay Bridge. World-class? Yes, if a committee of swelled heads wants to give out awards for taking too long, the Bay Bridge takes the prize.

Maybe they can throw in a trophy for Bay Area voters in the category of "most likely to reward nonperformance with re-election."

When Bay Bridge 2.0 opens, Brown should celebrate. He and other pols will have dodged the bullet of a large earthquake's toppling the bridge and killing constituents before the new bridge was up and running. World-class luck.

Debra J. Saunders

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