Barbara Lee’s statement on Bay Bridge closure

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, just issued this statement on the Bay Bridge closure:

“First, I want to say I am relieved that no one was injured in the incident that forced authorities to shutdown the Bay Bridge. My office has been in constant contact with Caltrans, and I have been closely monitoring the circumstances surrounding the closure of the Bay Bridge and the work that is being done to repair the bridge.

“I have received assurances from Caltrans officials that crews are working as quickly as possible to make the necessary repairs and to be certain that the work is done properly. The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) provided funding for the initial repairs that were done during the Labor Day weekend closure of the bridge. The FHA has been contacted again by Caltrans to secure emergency funding for the repairs. These emergency federal funds will assure a speedy response to repair the bridge.

“The Bay Bridge is a vital transportation link between San Francisco and the East Bay, and it is imperative that we all work together to ensure the bridge repairs are done as quickly and safely as possible.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.


  1. Perhap she should read the newspaper, turn on the TV or radio, there was an injury.

  2. Oh, Thank God!

    I’m always so glad to have Bobby Lee’s opinion on anything.

  3. Yes, I was losing sleep without the benefit of her thoughtful input on the matter.

  4. “Bobby Lee” – LOL. Maybe Skinner will come out with a statement of “Thank goodness that no green job was lost due to this incident.”

  5. As long as she’s indulging in trite cliches, how does she feel about motherhood, apple pie, and Chevrolet?

    The answer to that should result in a veritable feeding frenzy of drivel.

  6. I received not one, but two e-mails today from Mark DeSaulnier updating me on the bridge situation. Like I can’t get the news anywhere else! But I can’t really blame Barbara and Mark for wanting to inject themselves into the story, given that there are currently no wayward whales needing names.

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