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MTC considers $1 million contract for move as senator prepares bill to suspend action on move

By dcuff
Monday, December 19th, 2011 at 10:37 am in Bay Area Toll Authority, DeSaulnier, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, tolls.

A week after a state senator announced plans for a bill to block further work on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s planned move from Oakland to San Francisco, the agency is calling a special meeting for Wednesday to hire an architectural firm to remodel the new headquarters building in San Francisco. The $1 million architectural contract is the latest source of conflict over the move. State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, opposed the move, and has threatened to introduce legislation to suspend planning on the move until state auditors come out with a report months from now to say whether it’s legal for the commission to spend bridge toll money on the new new building.

Meanwhile, part of the commission acting as the Bay Area Headquarters Authority plans to meet 10:30 Wednesday to consider the $1 million contract to manage the building renovation and seismic retrofits to prepare the old building to operate as a regional government headquarters for MTC and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Click here for an agenda and staff reports.

The commission says its lawyers see nothing wrong with the move.

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