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09/02/2014Thousands of Bay Area Apartment Houses Need a Quake Fix

Sept. 02--Thousands of Bay Area apartment buildings with structurally weak first stories could collapse in a major earthquake, risking the lives of those who reside in them and leaving tens of thousands of families homeless, but there is no coordinated effort in the region to retrofit these risky structures. That's left a patchwork of efforts, with some cities acting aggressively to solve the ...
09/02/2014KID Testing New Irrigation System for Grape-Growing Land on Red Mountain

Sept. 02--Kennewick Irrigation District worked out a few of the bugs in the new system to bring Yakima River water to prime wine grape growing land on Red Mountain near Benton City. But KID officials plan on more testing for the system before the irrigation season ends this year. Part of the $18.5 million project remains under construction. The river intake structure and the booster pump ...
09/02/2014New Marin Plan Aims to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 30%

Sept. 02--A new "climate action plan" providing a "blueprint for a more sustainable future" aims to curb greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent in Marin's unincorporated areas by 2020, a goal that is among the most ambitious in the nation. That's roughly the equivalent of removing 20,000 cars from the road or reducing gasoline consumption 11 million gallons each year, the report calculated. ...
09/01/2014Art, Nursing Students to Get New Home at Olympic College

Sept. 01--BREMERTON -- Construction could begin as early as next summer on a three-story complex to house art and nursing students at Olympic College. The 70,000-square- foot building will be a replacement project for buildings that now serve as home to artists, musicians and performers. The $50 million project includes $32 million for construction of the building and two parking lots that ...
09/01/2014About 170 Unreinforced At-risk Buildings Still Stand in Sonoma County

Sept. 01--Every day in Sonoma County, thousands of people pass in and out of masonry buildings that could be at risk of collapse in an earthquake, a danger that persists three decades after a state law required cities and counties to address the hazard. While Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Healdsburg and Petaluma have managed to retrofit most of these high-risk buildings for seismic safety, Sonoma County ...
09/01/2014Taxiway Upgrade to Close Spokane Airport's Main Runway

Sept. 01--Taxiway construction at Spokane International Airport has reached a stage at which the contractor needs to move into the main runway's safety zone. As a result, the airport will close the main runway Tuesday morning through Sept. 23. A contractor is finishing construction of new "high-speed exits" commonly used in airports today. Those taxiways are built diagonally between the runway ...
09/01/2014Sacramento Works to Use Light Rail Extension Funding Before Expiration

Sept. 01--After nearly a decade of struggles, Sacramento Regional Transit's Blue Line light-rail extension project -- the line that will land trains at Cosumnes River College's front door -- is now full throttle. The local bus and rail agency is up against a "use it or lose it" $135 million federal deadline. Either it has trains rolling in one year -- by Sept. 6, 2015 -- or risks losing the ...
09/01/2014Calif. Legislature Fails to Reach a Deal on Incentives for Tesla Battery Factory

Sept. 01--SACRAMENTO -- Looks as if California's effort to attract an electric car maker's battery factory has run out of juice, at least for now. State lawmakers left town without seeing, let alone debating, a much-anticipated incentive bill that was supposed to entice Tesla Motors Inc. in Palo Alto to build a $5-billion battery factory in the Golden State. The failure to reach an accord -- ...
08/31/2014Study Finds 1 in 6 Construction Workers in California Labors in the Shadows

Aug. 31--Informal workers are growing part of California's economy -- a shift keenly felt in the construction industry, where 1 in 6 workers is either off the books or misreported, new research has found. Construction businesses in the state employ roughly 895,000 workers, according to a report by downtown Los Angeles research group Economic Roundtable that was released Sunday. In 2011, ...
08/31/2014Can Building Big Dams Mitigate Calif. Drought?

Aug. 31--How much money drought-stricken California should spend to build new dams was a big part of the debate over the bill that Gov. Jerry Brown signed last month to put a $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot. Republicans and Central Valley Democrats who pushed hardest for new reservoirs highlighted the fact that California built many of the world's most ambitious dam projects ...
08/30/2014Divers Hunt for Nacimiento Pipeline Leaks Deep Below Ground

Aug. 30--The sounds of static and the slow and steady breaths of a diver inhaling oxygen through a tank intermingled over the radio as he read off a series of measurements below the Nacimiento River crossing at Camp Roberts on Friday. The work was taking place up to 95 feet below the surface from inside the dank confines of a steel pipe 30 inches in diameter. "This couldn't have happened at a ...
08/30/2014Lawmakers Approve Groundwater Preservation Legislation

Aug. 30--SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- SACRAMENTO -- On the final day of the 2014 legislative session, lawmakers on Friday approved a historic measure to establish the state's first groundwater-preservation program and also passed a statewide a violence-intervention measure inspired by the Isla Vista shooting rampage. As with hundreds of other measures approved this month, those bills were sent to ...
08/30/2014Historic Calif. Groundwater Regulations Head to Gov. Brown

Aug. 30--California could soon become the last state in the West to regulate water pulled from beneath the earth, with the Legislature on Friday advancing an unprecedented groundwater-management strategy. The Legislature passed the three-bill package after lengthy debate about whether state government should oversee pumping from the water table. Lawmakers argued over the long-term fate of ...
08/29/2014Geologists Harvest Data from Earthquake Sensors Throughout California

Aug. 29--As the Earth shook Marin awake early Sunday morning, dozens of sensors mounted on the Golden Gate and Richmond-San Rafael bridges, as well other county buildings, recorded the movement. The sensor system is designed to immediately record data and help engineers make the structures better able to absorb future earthquakes. "This is the first time we have been able to harvest data since ...
08/29/2014Napa County Requests Federal Disaster Relief, Estimates $362M in Quake Damages

Aug. 29--Napa County officials Thursday requested federal disaster aid in the wake of Sunday's earthquake and placed damage estimates at $362 million in building, infrastructure and economic losses. The Napa County Board of Supervisors made the request, which must be be approved by the Obama administration before federal aid reaches Napa. The county's Emergency Operations Center calculated the ...
08/29/2014Fracking Report Clears Way for California Oil, Gas Leasing to Resume

Aug. 29--The federal government will resume oil and gas leasing in California following a report released Thursday that found little scientific evidence that fracking and similar extraction techniques are dangerous. The Bureau of Land Management said the report -- and additional environmental reviews -- will allow it to begin leasing on public land next year. The announcement is welcome news ...
08/29/2014EPA Says Calif.'s Proposed Delta Water Tunnel Would Harm Environment

Aug. 29--In a sharp rebuke of state plans for a massive water tunnel system in Northern California, federal environmental officials say that the project would violate pollution standards and could worsen conditions for imperiled fish species. The comments by the regional office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency echo concerns that have dogged the proposal to change the way Northern ...
08/29/2014PUC Launches Probe into Breach at PG&E Substation in San Jose

Aug. 29--SAN JOSE -- State regulators Thursday opened an investigation into the second major security breach at PG&E's Metcalf electricity substation in South San Jose amid rising criticism about how the embattled utility safeguards the region's vital electrical system. A theft early Wednesday morning came at the same substation that in April 2013 suffered a sniper attack that knocked out 17 ...
08/28/2014Prominent L.A. Developer to Build Unconventional Office at Playa Vista

Aug. 28--Robert F. Maguire III, a prominent developer who helped shape L.A.'s skyline in the 1980s and '90s, is back. Maguire led development of several of the city's best-known office buildings including U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest structure in Southern California. Now, at 79, Maguire says he is gearing up to develop again. He plans to build an unconventional office at Playa Vista, the ...
08/28/2014Alameda Point's Field of Possible Developers Narrowed

Aug. 28--ALAMEDA -- The City Council will consider approving two potential developers to build a portion of the future "Waterfront Town Center" at Alameda Point when it meets Tuesday, a key step that will set the stage for city officials to begin negotiations toward recommending the final candidate. Brookfield Residential, the sixth largest land developer and homebuilder in North America, and ...
08/28/2014Willits Bypass Project Could Face Another Year Delay

Aug. 28--A Mendocino County judge has delivered another blow to the Willits bypass project, one Caltrans said is likely to delay work on the controversial Highway 101 project for another year and cost millions of dollars in construction contract changes and extensions. The project already was in danger of being extended another year when Judge Cindee Mayfield granted environmentalists' request ...
08/27/2014California Delays Massive Delta Water Tunnel Project

Aug. 27--Plans for two huge water diversion tunnels in the Delta are being delayed, state officials announced Wednesday, because the plans need more work. Nancy Vogel, spokeswoman for the California Department of Water Resources, said the delay in the $25 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan was triggered by public comments submitted on the draft environmental impact report. The comments ...
08/27/2014Kaiser's New Redwood City Hospital Nears December Debut

Aug. 27--Although construction of Kaiser Permanente's new hospital in Redwood City is all but completed, there's still plenty of work to do before the seven-story building opens to the public in December. The private, nonprofit health organization broke ground on the 280,000-square-foot building at Veterans Boulevard and Walnut Street in August 2011. On Tuesday, hospital officials proudly ...
08/27/2014Turlock Craft Beer Maker Plans $10M Expansion

Aug. 27--TURLOCK -- Dust Bowl Brewing Co. is planning a major expansion that would more than quadruple its production capacity in a new Turlock facility. The locally owned craft beer maker expects to invest $10 million on the Fulkerth Road project. "We're very excited about this," said Brett Tate, 52, who founded Dust Bowl five years ago. "It will set us up to be a regional brewery." If all ...
08/27/2014Thousands of California's Brick Buildings Face Quake Danger

Aug. 27--Three decades after some California cities began requiring old brick buildings to be seismically retrofitted, thousands across the state still have not been strengthened and are in danger of collapse during a major earthquake. Many are in some of California's poorest cities, where officials have chosen not to require property owners to make the upgrades. Seismic experts are ...

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