California Governor would appoint ‘transportation czar’ if AB380 passes

How the proposed state Office of Transportation Inspector General would be funded has yet to be determined, but the top official would be appointed by the governor with Senate confirmation.

Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Discovery Bay, introduced Assembly Bill 380 last week, but not all the details were immediately available.

“Mismanagement at the Department of Motor Vehicles, cost overruns and poor contract management at the High-Speed Rail Authority and the final cost of the Bay Bridge are examples of why we need truly independent oversight over the tens of billions of dollars the state spends each year on transportation,” Frazier said in a statement after introducing the bill.