State rules stipulated BART must have contracts signed by Oct. 31 or
the funds from the California Transportation Commission would
evaporate. Bey and BART signed a last-minute, Oct. 30 pact giving Bey's
firm, Solar Eclipse, until Nov. 12 to line up his insurance, bonding,
and licensing. It didn't -- and BART officials fretted that the roughly
$800,000 in state funds earmarked for the work at North Berkeley
station might be gone forever.
"I am glad we didn't lose the money because of Solar Eclipse's
inability to arrange for bonding and insurance," said BART board member
Bob Franklin. "BART is not having to contribute to make up any
shortfall and we are not getting additional sources of money. Yeah, it
worked out -- we're doing what we intended to do and we're getting it
done for the same amount of money."
Because of complicated missteps that don't reflect well on BART -- read the whole, detailed story here -- the lighting contracts for 12th Street Oakland and North Berkeley BART stations were split between LINC Corporation and Bey's Solar Eclipse; LINC was slated to handle the Oakland station while Solar Eclipse would work on Berkeley. Yet with Solar Eclipse unable to step up to the plate, BART simply honored LINC's original bid to work on both stations. It filed a "Change Order" with the state, adding $803,186 to LINC's original contract for the work at North Berkeley.
Once again, BART has come out of this eerily well. If this were a sit com, everyone would laugh at an unfunny joke and the frame would freeze.
And the BART train would be on time.