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News, Feature Covering Their Tracks: The Central Subway Project Buries Millions in a Deep Dark Place

Covering Their Tracks: The Central Subway Project Buries Millions in a Deep Dark Place

LaVonda Atkinson laughs bitterly, shakes her head, and grins. "Your article" — the article you're now reading — "is gonna get me fired." It is, after all, dangerous to stand in the path of a train. That's especially so in…
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News, Feature Whistle-Blower's Lament: An Itemized List of How Muni Obscured Its Budget

Whistle-Blower's Lament: An Itemized List of How Muni Obscured Its Budget

LaVonda Atkinson, the cost engineer for the Central Subway project, this year filed a complaint with the city's whistle-blower program alleging serious lapses in accounting procedures and unethical behavior on the $1.578 billion project. Among her more disturbing charges reported…
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A Million Here, a Million There ...

The Municipal Railway is paying the Italian firm of Breda Costruzioni Ferroviarie S.p.A. nearly half a billion dollars for streetcars that are, to say the least, problematic. But Muni hasn't just bought troubled rail cars; it has subsidized the factory…
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