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04/21/2015Metrolink Will Extend 91 Line to South Perris

April 21--In its first major expansion since 1994, the Metrolink commuter railroad that serves Southern California is converting 24 miles of an old freight route to passenger service between Riverside and Perris. The $248-million project will extend Metrolink's 91 Line to new stations in north Riverside, Moreno Valley, downtown Perris and south Perris. After years of planning and a lawsuit ...
04/21/2015Appeals Court Nixes San Juan Capistrano's Tiered Water-use Rates

April 21--An appeals court decision handed down Monday has thrown into question a major component of California's drought conservation efforts. California's 4th District Court of Appeal found that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rate structure was unconstitutional because it charged more for water than it cost the city to provide the service. The court said the city's policy -- which ...
04/21/2015Carson City Council May Be Set to Approve NFL Stadium, Sight Unseen

April 21--Carson's City Council could decide Tuesday night to approve an NFL stadium for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. It would be a decision based on faith, because many of the of the details are still unknown. Specifics of the $1.7-billion proposal, first unveiled in February, have been scarce, at least publicly. The 26-page initiative petition proposing the stadium says little ...
04/21/2015Eminent Domain Becoming More Frequent for High-speed Rail in the Valley

April 21----A bill to limit eminent domain for high-speed rail property was killed in the Assembly Transportation Committee on Monday in Sacramento. --Fifty eminent domain lawsuits have been filed in Fresno County over property needed for high-speed train right of way. --Many -- but not all -- of the condemnation lawsuits are likely to reach negotiated settlements before getting to a judge or ...
04/20/2015Judge's Decision on Cal Poly Dormitory Project Is Expected Soon

April 20--A San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge is expected to render a decision in a couple of weeks on whether Cal Poly's large dormitory project met proper environmental review guidelines. Judge Martin J. Tangeman heard arguments Monday from lawyers representing a neighborhood alliance group and the California State University system in a civil litigation hearing over whether the ...
04/20/2015Assembly Panel Rejects Bill Designed to Derail High-speed Train

April 20--SACRAMENTO -- For the ninth time in less than five years, state lawmakers on Monday rejected a Republican-backed proposal designed to stop California's high-speed rail project in its tracks. On a party-line vote with majority Democrats in opposition, the Assembly Transportation Committee defeated AB 6 by Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, that sought to suspend the issuance of ...
04/20/2015Earthquake Fault Heightens California Tsunami Threat, Experts Say

April 20--The earthquake fault cuts through the heart of Ventura's quaint downtown, past the ornate hilltop City Hall and historic Spanish-era mission before heading into the Pacific Ocean. For decades, some seismic experts believed the Ventura fault posed only a moderate threat and was incapable of producing a major temblor. But research in recent years shows that the fault is extremely ...
04/19/2015Gas Line Was Marked Before Tractor Nicked It, Igniting Fireball

April 19----A natural gas line was clearly marked when a heavy equipment operator apparently nicked the line, sparking an explosion and fireball Friday near Highway 99. --Six people injured in the explosion remain in the burn unit at Community Regional Medical Center -- four in critical condition, two others in serious condition. --A county official said workers are supposed to call PG&E when ...
04/18/2015Anaheim's ARTIC Sees $2M Deficit During First 6 Months

April 18--ANAHEIM -- The city's new transit center will run into a $2 million operating deficit by the end of June, and Anaheim officials will soon consider how to cover the shortfall. Before it was built, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center was expected to be a self-sustaining hub that would be primarily financed by revenue from advertising and a naming-rights sponsor. More ...
04/18/2015Corps Says It Can Release Feather River Levee Artifacts

April 18--After months of stalemate, the dispute over cultural materials recovered during a Sutter County levee project appears to be close to a resolution. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency on Friday it could return the cultural materials discovered during construction of the Feather River West Levee project -- materials the Native American tribes ...
04/18/2015Bay Bridge Tests, Repairs Spur New Concerns About Span's Durability

April 18--The California Department of Transportation announced this week that it had fixed anchor rods that secure the main cable of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, but a leading expert in engineering failure analysis cast doubts on the adequacy of the repairs. Chambers on the eastern side of the suspension span enclose the rods, which are more than 3 inches in diameter and up to 32 ...
04/18/2015Caltrans Execs, Bay Area Transpo Chiefs Discuss Bay Bridge Post-Construction Woes

April 18--SACRAMENTO -- The mysteries and miseries of the new Bay Bridge's post-construction woes were politely debated Friday in a meeting between top Caltrans executives and Bay Area transportation chiefs. Central to the meeting at Caltrans headquarters was a display of giant bolts, a testing machine and a presentation meant to show that nearly every bolt anchoring the east section of the ...
04/17/2015Construction Pushes Jobless Rate Down to 5.4% in Ventura County

April 17--CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Ventura County's unemployment rate plunged last month to its lowest point in seven years as hiring accelerated in business and notably in construction, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. The county's jobless rate was 5.4 percent in March, down from 5.8 percent in February and 7.1 percent in March 2014. California's unemployment rate fell ...
04/15/2015Novato Man Killed by Pipe at Petaluma Construction Site

April 15--Jared Overfield knew it was a risky job, but he was drawn to construction because of the camaraderie found at the work sites, his stepfather Daniel Zamberlin said. He said his 28-year-old stepson cared about the people he worked with and recently had been promoted to foreman. Overfield was killed Wednesday morning in a construction site accident in southern Petaluma. "He loved ...
04/14/2015L.A. County Officials Submit Scaled-down Emergency Communications Plan

April 14--Scrambling to salvage an ambitious emergency communications project, public safety officials in Los Angeles County on Monday submitted a scaled-down plan that greatly reduces the number of controversial data towers and avoids using them at any county fire stations. The changes would also reduce the system's range. The revised plan calls for just 46 towers, down from the 177 ...
04/14/2015Marin County Planners Get Early Look at New Hospital Building Plans

April 14--Preliminary plans for a new main hospital building at Marin General Hospital were presented to the Marin County Planning Commission on Monday in advance of the filing of a formal design review application. Vertran Associates, the project manager, is attempting to coordinate county approval of the building plans with approval from the state's Office of Statewide Health Planning and ...
04/14/2015Seattle To Replace Water Main at Risk After Dig for TBM Bertha

April 14--Crews will soon start digging up Western Avenue in downtown Seattle to replace a water main damaged last fall by the Highway 99 tunnel project. Ray Hoffman, director of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), said workers will replace a quarter-mile of 20-inch pipe in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. Hoffman said it's crucial to fix the pipe soon, to reduce flooding risk from a ...
04/14/2015Committee Lifts Contentious Restrictions on Fairbanks Energy Project

April 14--The House Finance Committee reversed course Monday on a natural gas project for Fairbanks, reworking amendments by Anchorage Rep. Mike Hawker that had drawn heavy fire from Fairbanks officials and the administration of Alaska Gov. Bill Walker. The finance committee version of a bill offered Monday is more in keeping with the original from Gov. Bill Walker in that it does not require ...
04/13/2015Judge to Rule on Acalanes Measure E Bonds for Construction Debt

April 13--LAFAYETTE -- A court decision that could allow the Acalanes Union High School District to repay $15 million in construction debt is being fast-tracked following legal motions filed by the district and a Walnut Creek resident. A Contra Costa County Superior Court judge could decide as soon as May 28 whether the district -- which includes Acalanes, Campolindo, Las Lomas and Miramonte ...
04/13/2015Wash. Driver Killed by Falling Construction Materials in Bonney Lake

April 13--UPDATE, 12:30 p.m.: City spokesman Woody Edvalson said the material that fell was a concrete wall from the overpass. It was an existing structure prior to construction. Bonney Lake police, the state Department of Transportation and representatives from WHH Nisqually are all on scene investigating the incident. It is still unknown what caused the "very heavy" concrete span to fall, ...
04/13/2015Earthquake Rattles Near One of L.A.'s Most Destructive Faults

April 13--A magnitude 3.5 earthquake that rattled parts of Southern California on Sunday night occurred near the 46-mile-long Newport-Inglewood fault, responsible for a destructive quake that killed more than 100 people about 80 years ago. Lucy Jones, a U.S. Geological Survey seismologist, wrote on Twitter that oil drilling, or fracking, was unlikely to be responsible for the quake because it ...
04/13/2015Interstate 90 Widening Project on Snoqualmie Pass Resumes

April 13--Work on widening Interstate 90 to six lanes on the east side of Snoqualmie Pass has resumed for the construction season, the seventh year of the megaproject to upgrade the freeway. Workers have started changing the wintertime lane configuration to prepare for construction. Three miles of the widening project, starting at Hyak and going east, have been completed to the site of the old ...
04/12/2015Newport Weighs $67M Plan for Construction Projects

April 12--A $66.6 million proposed capital improvement budget that includes projects for streets, facilities, parks and beaches in the upcoming fiscal year will get a look from the Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday. For several months, the council has been weighing in on which proposals should receive funding in fiscal 2015-16, which begins July 1. The capital improvement budget is adopted ...
04/12/2015An Oregon Consortium Works to Fortify the Electrical Grid

April 12--Between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. on May 16, 2013, a well-coordinated assault was launched against an electrical substation in Northern California that supplies the Silicon Valley with power. One or more people entered manholes at the Metcalf substation and cut fiber cables, knocking out communications, according to various reports. Then, the intruder or intruders fired more than 100 ...
04/12/2015Tenants of Hollywood High-rise Caught in Middle of Legal Dispute

April 12--Worried they could be kicked out of their homes, tenants of a new Hollywood high-rise at the center of a legal battle spoke out for the first time Saturday. "It's been a nightmare," said Melanie Culvey, who moved into the 22-story Sunset and Gordon building with her husband and toddler in September. She said she's stressed by not knowing whether she'll have to leave her apartment, ...

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