With no hard questions answered, no definitive explanation of what went wrong and no apologies extended, DeSaulnier ended the hearing wondering whether the Bay Area Toll Authority still plans on holding its $5.6 million Labor Day weekend opening party for the bridge. After all, what self-respecting politician would have the brass to show up and take credit for a dubious bridge built sixfold over budget?
The MTC's Steve Heminger answered, "I think we need to retrofit the east pier and may need to retrofit the celebration, too." Sage advice.
One other thing: If the experts decide it's safe to open the new span, perhaps they should rename it Titanic.