Monday, November 16, 2009

Re: Speaking out

On Nov 16, 2009, at 2:49 AM, Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl wrote:

> The problems are now surfacing and this is not over yet. This new
> bridge is not safe because of corruption of Caltrans and
> Metropolitan Transportation Commission's top officials as well as
> corruption of the Chair and members of the Caltrans Seismic
> Advisory Board.

I've mentioned this before, and maybe it won't hurt to mention it
again. Calling another engineer 'corrupt' is not only libellous, it's
a violation of the standards of conduct in most states including
California. Very simply--

(10) A licensee shall not falsely or maliciously injure or attempt to
injure the reputation or business of others.

Unless you have actionable proof (not just opinion) that will stand
up in court, you're in violation of the law and subject to
disciplinary action by the engineering board. And if you do have
actionable proof, you're obligated by those same standards to bring
it up formally in a complaint before the board.

In all candor, I haven't any idea whether you're right or wrong, just
that you might want to give some thought to consequences when you use
inflammatory words like 'corruption.'

Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at | this distance" (last words of Gen.
.......................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania

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