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08/01/2014Contractor, City of Galt Targeted by Union Protestors from Nearby County

Aug. 01--Wondering what the two big white signs outside Galt City Hall this week claiming GSE Construction hurts workers and the city are all about? The labor dispute is between the contractor working on the city's wastewater treatment plant upgrade project and Carpenters Union Local 713. The union referred calls to its regional council and voicemail messages left there were unreturned. The ...
08/01/2014Work Finally Begins on Sacramento Arena, Despite Lingering Litigation

Aug. 01--The hard hats came out and the barricades went up. At long last, work began today on the new Sacramento Kings arena at Downtown Plaza. Following brief speeches from Mayor Kevin Johnson and Kings President Chris Granger, demolition crews began hauling construction barricades into the arena site from 7th Street, at the east end of the moribund shopping mall. Granger said electricity ...
08/01/2014Senate Reports Are Critical of Bay Bridge Construction Oversight

Aug. 01--REPORTING FROM SAN FRANCISCO -- Two reports prepared for a state Senate committee reiterate that the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is safe, but note problems with transparency, oversight of engineering flaws and purported retaliation against top project employees who raised concerns. The reports -- a commissioned assessment of the project by investigative ...
07/31/2014Tesla Starts 'Gigafactory' in Reno But Still Looking at Sites in California

July 31--Tesla Motors Inc. confirmed today it has broken ground near Reno for its massive "Gigafactory" but said it's still evaluating sites in California and other states. The Palo Alto electric-car maker said the multi-state competition for the 6,500-job factory will continue for several more months. The Reno location is just one of several sites where the company plans to begin construction ...
07/31/2014Senate Report: Caltrans 'Gagged and Banished' Bay Bridge Critics

July 31--A California Senate report released Thursday said that Department of Transportation managers "gagged and banished" at least nine top experts for the new $6.5 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after they complained about substandard work by the Shanghai, China, firm that built much of the span. Caltrans' chief executive for the job, Tony Anziano, removed or demoted ...
07/31/2014California Breaks Drought Record as 58% of State Hits Driest Level

July 31--More than half of California is now under the most severe level of drought for the first time since the federal government began issuing regular drought reports in the late 1990s, according to new data released Thursday. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor report, in July roughly 58% of California was considered to be experiencing an "exceptional" drought -- the harshest on a ...
07/31/2014L.A. Reaches Fractional Settlement with Developer Accused of Fraud

July 31--A real estate developer accused of defrauding Los Angeles while receiving nearly $30 million in city affordable housing funds has reached an agreement to repay a fraction of the money. The city sued Advanced Development & Investment in 2011, saying the company repeatedly padded construction invoices at subsidized housing projects in Chinatown, Echo Park and other neighborhoods. Under ...
07/30/2014Richmond, Calif., Approves $1B Chevron Refinery Upgrade Project

July 30--RICHMOND -- Chevron's five year-plus quest to initiate a $1 billion upgrade to its century old refinery, the largest in Northern California, was approved by a divided City Council late Tuesday after the company and city staff hammered out a last minute deal upping community investments and installing safety and piping upgrades as part of the project. The vote passed 5-0, with two ...
07/30/2014DWP Defends Response to UCLA Water Main Break

July 30--A top Los Angeles utility official faced tough questions Tuesday night about the response to a massive pipe break that flooded UCLA and surrounding areas with millions of gallons of water and threatened the near-term use of Pauley Pavilion. The rupture of the 90-year-old main sent a geyser shooting 30 feet in the air and deluged Sunset Boulevard and UCLA with 8 million to 10 million ...
07/30/2014PG&E Hit with New Federal Felony Charges in San Bruno Explosion

July 30--SAN BRUNO -- A federal grand jury on Tuesday issued a new criminal indictment against PG&E in connection with its alleged role in a fatal natural gas explosion in San Bruno in 2010, leaving the utility to face dozens of charges, including a claim of obstruction of justice. All told, the U.S. Department of Justice filed 27 charges that accuse PG&E of wilfully violating the pipeline ...
07/30/2014New Lawsuit Seeks to Halt 101 Project Through Richardson Grove

July 30--Environmentalists this week filed their third lawsuit aimed at stopping Caltrans from altering a short, two-lane stretch of Highway 101 that weaves through majestic redwoods in Humboldt County. They say the 1-mile project could harm some of the ancient trees that awe travelers as they drive along the highway through Richardson Grove State Park, considered the gateway to Northern ...
07/30/2014Fresno County Supervisors Vote to Oppose High-speed Rail

July 30--The Fresno County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday switched tracks in its position on California's proposed high-speed rail project, voting 3-2 to oppose it. Supervisors Andreas Borgeas, Debbie Poochigian and Phil Larson supported Poochigian's resolution to oppose California's bullet-train plans. Supervisors Judy Case McNairy and Henry R. Perea voted against the motion. The action ...
07/29/2014Sewage Settlement to Prevent Overflows Includes $1.5B in Upgrades

July 29--ALAMEDA -- Six East Bay cities and the East Bay Municipal Utility District have reached an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that calls for upgrading aging sewer pipes to help prevent sewage overflows and spills reaching San Francisco Bay. The $1.5 billion effort will take place over the next 21 years and will include the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, ...
07/29/2014California Firefighters Battle 200 New Wildfires in a Single Week

July 29--California firefighters have responded to more than 200 new wildfires in the last week alone, a pace that officials say shows no signs of slowing. The state's historic drought continues to keep vegetation tinder dry as summer temperatures and low humidity combine with devastating effect. So far this year, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has sent crews to more ...
07/29/2014Economists Say Stockton Is Best Calif. Option for Tesla Gigafactory

July 29--San Joaquin County would be the most likely site for Tesla's proposed $5 billion battery factory if the electric car maker decides to build it in California, regional economists agreed Monday. But that selection remains uncertain, as Tesla initially focused on just four states: Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that Stockton appears to be a ...
07/29/2014Construction of Fresno-Bakersfield Segment of Calif. High-Speed Rail To Begin by End of 2014

July 29--Construction in the Fresno area of the 114-mile-long California high-speed rail stretch to Bakersfield will begin by the end of the year, the Kern Transportation Foundation board of directors was told Monday. The acquisition of property from Madera to Fresno is continuing, said Diana Gomez, Central Valley regional director for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, and some vacant ...
07/27/2014Calif. State Senator Calls for Criminal Probe of Bay Bridge Construction Problems

July 27--State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, is calling for a criminal investigation into construction problems on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and said the release this week of a Senate investigative report will show how the California Department of Transportation knowingly accepted substandard work at taxpayer expense. DeSaulnier said the investigation for the Transportation ...
07/25/2014Test Results Suggest Bay Bridge Bolts and Rods Don't Need Replacing

July 25--OAKLAND -- Several hundred bolts and rods on the eastern span of the new Bay Bridge apparently will not need expensive replacements or repairs because they resist corrosion better than 32 anchor bolts that snapped last year, designers of the bridge conclude. New test results on more than two dozen bridge rods and bolts selected from more than 2,000 installed on the new span show that ...
07/25/2014Judge Removes Final Legal Hurdle for New Sacramento Arena Construction

July 25--A judge today removed the last legal hurdle to the start of construction on the new Sacramento Kings arena, rejecting arena foes' request for an injunction blocking the project. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley affirmed the tentative ruling he made Thursday. Frawley's ruling essentially green-lights the project. The Kings have said they'll begin demolition at Downtown ...
07/25/2014Firm Build Exec Gets Prison for Exposing Merced County Teenagers to Asbestos

July 25--A former contractor who exposed dozens of Merced County teenagers to asbestos fibers in 2005 and 2006 received a prison sentence Thursday of three years, eight months. Rudy Buendia III made no statement in Merced County Superior Court after Judge John Kirihara handed down the prison term, which was part of a plea deal with federal, state and county prosecutors. Buendia likely will ...
07/25/2014Officials Want to Build $56M 'Disaster City' Near Sacramento for Training

July 25--Saying California's emergency responders need more training to handle major calamities, state and local leaders are pitching plans to build a world-class $56 million training facility in eastern Sacramento County that would pit fire crews against a variety of realistic, pressure-packed simulated disasters. Emergency crews would be required to douse a real 727 jet as it lies in pieces ...
07/25/2014Sacramento Planners Take First Look at High-Rise Residential Proposal

July 25--Sacramento planning commissioners got their first look Thursday at a controversial plan to tear down 206 low-rise garden apartments and replace them with high-rise and midrise residential towers on a leafy superblock in the central city. Beverly Hills real estate investment firm Kennedy Wilson filed the plan for the project, called Sacramento Commons. It proposes building more than ...
07/25/2014Koreatown Luxury High-rise 'Vermont' Sells for $283M

July 25--In one of the largest transactions of its type in the state this year, a luxurious new high-rise apartment and retail complex in Koreatown has sold for $283 million. The sale is a sign of Koreatown's rising status with young Angelenos and the desirability of housing near major transit lines. The complex, dubbed the Vermont, is at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont ...
07/25/2014L.A. Metro Picks Skanska-Traylor-Shea to Build First Phase of Westside Subway

July 25--Three construction firms with what officials called a track record of success on Los Angeles County transit projects should build the first phase of the Westside subway, officials said Thursday, despite complaints from a competing bidder that it could do the job for nearly $200 million less. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted 9 to 3 to award the $1.6-billion Purple ...
07/25/2014Cleaning Up after Pot Growers Challenges North Coast Landowners, Agencies

July 25--ELK -- Deep in a private Mendocino Coast forest, trees and brush give way to terraced clearings, miles of crisscrossing black irrigation tubing and campsites littered with cooking pans, empty food and beer cans, sleeping bags and toxic pesticides. They are the remnants of a marijuana garden where a multi-agency law enforcement effort last year seized more than 8,000 plants. The ...

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