160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAssembly Transportation Committee Chairwoman Jenny Oropeza, D-Carson, said she wants to see how the 405 project proceeds before authorizing it on a wider basis, or at least would like to see the issue resolved through discussions between the governor and legislative leaders. “Rather than go wholesale on a new way to do it statewide, this committee has felt it was prudent to do pilots and then evaluate those pilots,” Oropeza said. The bill looked likely to be shot down in committee, so Oropeza offered author Assemblyman Roger Niello, R-Sacramento, the chance to request postponing the vote. Niello, saying he’d “rather be unconscious than dead,” agreed to the delay. [email protected] (916) 446-6723 SACRAMENTO – Legislators debated Monday allowing the controversial design-build process to be used on all state highway projects, but ultimately held off on a key committee vote rather than put it to a likely defeat. The method has already been authorized for a northbound car-pool lane on the San Diego Freeway, but many Democrats and engineers have resisted calls by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Republican lawmakers to use it on a wider basis. Traditionally, projects are designed by state Department of Transportation engineers, then turned over to a private firm for construction. Under design-build, the same private contractor oversees a project from blueprint to completion. Supporters believe that the method results in faster, less-expensive projects, but opponents – particularly Caltrans engineers – say it has caused cost overruns and other problems.