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California’s roads improve, but still are troubled according to new study

SACRAMENTO – Despite its well-documented inefficiencies and travails, California’s Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has managed to improve the state’s system of roads, bridges and freeways incrementally in recent years, according to a newly released annual survey of state highway systems

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – September 20

Union battles Caltrans over costly move Gov. Brown mulls bills overseeing psych meds for foster kids Energy company won big giveaway from Legislature More on CalPERS and the state’s rising pension debt Good morning! But alas, it’s only Tuesday. CalPERS and the

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Union battles Caltrans over “inadequate” new office space, $1.7 million partitions

A public employees’ union is questioning Caltrans’ pricey decision to move one of its district offices from one side of Orange County to the other, noting the high cost of new cubicle partitions and the lack of space to accommodate new

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Another state agency flaunting California’s environmental laws

The Department of Water Resources has been drilling for weeks in Yolo County without permits required by state law designed to protect against ground water contamination, under the belief its activities are exempt. Like other counties’ battles with Caltrans over the

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Caltrans releases optimistic, costly five-year plan to find thousands of lost holes

Caltrans finally provided a cost estimate for its plan to find and possibly seal thousands of improperly drilled holes throughout the state, indicating the program could be completed in a few years. But the disclosure left many questions unanswered. Two years ago, Caltrans admitted

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Caltrans accused of improperly dumping dead animals again

After discovering work crews had dumped a bunch of dead animals in a state waterway, a state Water Code enforcer is investigating if Caltrans ever created and implemented roadkill disposal policies, which was a requirement from the last time Caltrans got in

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – May 10

  Is the state headed for budget trouble? Caltrans unclear on spending needs Some water restrictions made permanent Bathrooms for all UC’s admissions process under fire Good morning! With Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget expected to be released sometime this week,

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Caltrans requesting millions to “resolve” decades of improper drilling

Two years after admitting it defied state and local laws protecting against groundwater contamination for nearly a quarter century, Caltrans has yet to disclose how much it will cost to “resolve” the thousands of improperly-drilled and improperly-sealed exploratory wells throughout the state. CalWatchdog has

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Proposed pilot program could replace Caltrans with counties

Caltrans is on notice: A new bill looks at a life where counties would fix roads themselves. Responding to years of mismanagement and voter frustration with state roads, coupled with successful transportation programs administered in his home county, Sen. John Moorlach

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24 years of Caltrans well-drilling ignored laws; risked groundwater contamination

Sacramento County is threatening to fine Caltrans millions in taxpayer dollars for drilling hundreds of wells over a period of decades in violation of laws aimed at protecting groundwater, records show. The county set the possible fine at as much as

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