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OAKLAND COLISEUM AUTHORITY FACES MORE UNPAID BILLS

          The Oakland Coliseum Authority is facing $10M in
     "unexpected bills for the makeover of the newly reopened
     basketball arena -- yet another burden for the financially
     troubled public agency," according to Renee Koury of the SAN
     JOSE MERCURY NEWS.  If the Authority winds up paying the
     extra building costs, "it could require another infusion of
     public funds on top of the millions of taxpayer dollars
     already going toward the Raiders deal and possibly millions
     more to subsidize the Warriors deal."  The Coliseum,
     however, "so far has refused to pay" the extra building
     costs demanded over the past month by the general
     contractor, CA-based Tutor-Saliba Corp.  Tutor has billed
     the Authority for $9.8M in work it contends was "outside the
     scope of its contract," but public officials contend that
     "most of the work was required" under the $73M set-price
     contract.  While "conceding some cost overruns," Authority
     Project Manager Matt Vail said he would "deny responsibility
     for the bulk of the" $9.8M in bills from Tutor the
     contractor claims was extra (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/1).  
          STALEMATE: Koury also reported that the Authority is
     withholding about $7M that it owes Tutor, "claiming that
     some of the arena construction work was done poorly or left
     unfinished" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/1).

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