Never mind. Tom’s District is in the Northeast corner of the state, not the Northwest. Wow, I’m totally confused now.
He USED TO live in Elk Grove, (and I believe represent a district there)a city south of Sacramento.
Too bad the Bee can't pick up the phone.
The Auburn Dam had more problems than just a budget. The dam was designed, and excavation completed, for a concrete dam. Many engineers were concerned that the site was better suited for an earth-filled dam, including earthquake concerns.
If I remember correctly, the Army Corps. was assigned the construction and they don't do earth-filled. So it has been a government SNAFU for a very long time.