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05/20/2015Officials Assess Damage from Big Oil Spill on Santa Barbara County Coast

May 20--A 21,000-gallon oil spill off the Santa Barbara County coast is the latest reminder of the inherent risks of mixing industry and economy with nature, local politicians and environmental groups say. The rupture occurred Tuesday afternoon on an 11-mile-long underground pipe owned by Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline and spilled the equivalent of 500 barrels of crude. The pipe ...
05/20/2015Hotel Indigo Coming to Downtown L.A.'s Metropolis

May 20--The flag of Indigo, a hip boutique brand operated by InterContinental Hotels Group, will fly over the 350-room hotel being built as part of the $1 billion Metropolis development in downtown Los Angeles. The 18-story Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles is intended to serve growing hotel demand in the blocks near the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center. It is expected to open ...
05/20/2015Santa Rosa City Council Rejects Ghilotti Appeal Over Road Project

May 20--The Santa Rosa City Council unanimously rejected an appeal Tuesday by the Ghilotti Construction Company of the decision to award a major road widening contract to a competitor from the East Bay. In February, the city awarded the $10 million contract to widen Stony Point Road between Sebastopol Road and Hearn Avenue to the lowest bidder, Bay Cities Paving & Grading, Inc. of Concord. ...
05/19/2015Futrell Takes Wraps Off Former AT&T Building

May 19--For more than a year, most of the work to transform the former AT&T building downtown has been shrouded behind five stories of scaffolding and black debris netting. On Tuesday morning, the wraps came off the downtown monolith to reveal a glass-clad office building featuring a bank of floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over Old Courthouse Square. "It's like Christmas morning for me," ...
05/19/2015Construction of New Bon Air Bridge in Larkspur Set to Begin in June

May 19--If you go: --A public meeting about the Bon Air Bridge Replacement Project will be held at 6 p.m. May 21 at the Central Marin Police Authority station, 250 Doherty Drive in Larkspur. --For more information, visit www.bonairbridge.com. Construction is anticipated to begin next month on a $16 million project to replace the 57-year-old Bon Air Bridge in Larkspur with a new precast ...
05/19/2015Owner, PM Convicted of Manslaughter in 2012 Home Construction Collapse in Calif.

May 19--MILPITAS -- The owner and project manager of a Fremont-based construction company were each convicted of involuntary manslaughter Tuesday in connection with the cave-in death of a worker at a Milpitas home-build site in 2012, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office said. Authorities contended U.S. Sino Investment Inc. owner Richard Liu, 53, formerly of Fremont; and project ...
05/19/2015New 822-bed Jail to Break Ground in Kern County

May 19--Kern County breaks ground Wednesday on a new 822-bed detention facility at Lerdo Jail. The facility will expand Kern's ability to incarcerate the most challenging county prisoners while offering space for new programs aimed at helping inmates rehabilitate themselves and stay out of custody for good. But the jail is also casting a large financial shadow over the future of county ...
05/18/2015Cal Poly Can Build Grand Avenue Dorms, Judge Rules

May 18--Cal Poly can proceed with its long-anticipated Grand Avenue dorm project, after a San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge ruled in the university's favor in a lawsuit filed by a neighborhood group. Judge Martin Tangeman ruled against the Alliance of SLO Neighborhoods, which sued the California State University's Board of Trustees, contending its environmental impact report was ...
05/18/2015San Diego Committee Unveils Plans for $1.1B NFL Stadium

May 18--In hopes of persuading the Chargers to stay in San Diego, a mayoral committee Monday proposed a financial plan for building an approximately $1.1-billion NFL stadium -- a plan that includes major public contributions but not a tax increase. The plan would include $300 million from the Chargers, $200 million from the NFL, $173 million in construction bonds, $121 million from the city of ...
05/18/2015Expansion L.A. Soccer Team Plans New Stadium on Sports Arena Site

May 18--The expansion Los Angeles Football Club plans to construct the country's most expensive privately financed soccer stadium on the site of the Sports Arena in Exposition Park, making it the first open-air professional sports venue to be built in Los Angeles since Dodger Stadium in 1962. The $250-million complex, covering 15 acres in the shadow of the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, would include ...
05/16/2015Sacramento Building Materials Firm Plans China Expansion

May 16--A Sacramento manufacturer of building materials is expecting to boost sales by more than $100 million over the next few years as a result of a joint venture with a Hong Kong company. Composite Technology International, which has its headquarters here but does its manufacturing in China, said it is partnering in the venture with Merry Garden Holdings to jointly produce molding, door ...
05/13/2015Nestlé Pitches $7M in Projects to Save Water in California

May 13--Nestlé USA announced Tuesday it has invested $7 million in water savings projects in five water bottling plants and four other facilities in drought-plagued California. The investment is designed to save 63 million gallons of water each year when completed by the end of 2016, said Tim Brown, president and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America, which is based in Stamford, Connecticut. ...
05/13/2015Senators Urge Brown Administration to Do More to Deal with Drought

May 13--SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- SACRAMENTO -- Top Brown administration officials on Tuesday assured a Senate committee that they are taking extraordinary actions to deal with what one called "the drought of our lives," but some senators challenged them to start doing more. Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Riverside, suggested Gov. Jerry Brown use his emergency authority to waive environmental regulations to ...
05/13/2015Santa Rosa Man Killed in Excavator Accident

May 13--A Santa Rosa man who was crushed by an excavator while working on an in-ground pool Monday was driving out of the hole when a ramp caved, tipping over the heavy equipment, a fire official said. Cody McBride, 23, had been working on the bottom of the pool when he attempted to exit the dirt hole, Glen Ellen fire Capt. Dan Pierce said on Tuesday. "He came up the ramp and turned to make it ...
05/13/2015Five Teams Invited to Bid for Next High-speed Rail Contract in Valley

May 13----Bids due in October for 22-mile segment in northern Kern County --Project expected to cost between $400 million and $500 million --Losing bidders get a stipend, rail authority keeps their ideas as intellectual property ---- Five teams of contractors will be invited later this month to compete for a contract to design and build the third segment of a high-speed rail route through the ...
05/12/2015Further Tests Approved for Bay Bridge Bolts

May 12--OAKLAND -- The bill for the $6.4 billion Bay Bridge continues to grow, as officials this week approved $4 million to further test the huge bolts that fasten the span to its base and determine the effectiveness of grout meant to prevent water from leaking into them. Meanwhile, another cost headache looms in the form of millions of dollars that it could cost to remove the underwater ...
05/12/2015Rail Could Make a Comeback in O.C. With Proposed Streetcar Line

May 12--A decade ago, Orange County transportation officials shelved plans for a 9.3-mile, billion-dollar light-rail system that would have run through Santa Ana and Costa Mesa to John Wayne Airport. Political support for the long-planned and controversial CenterLine project had vanished, and policymakers turned to other options, including adding bus service and shifting transportation funds ...
05/12/2015Federal Judge Agrees to Modify Hanford Consent Decree

May 12--A federal judge has agreed to consider all three proposals to modify the court-enforced Hanford consent decree signed in 2010. The Department of Energy, the state of Oregon and the state of Washington had asked the federal court to intervene in the case in fall 2014. Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson of Spokane said in an order filed Monday that all three parties in the case had shown ...
05/12/2015Wind Farm Developer Sued over Unauthorized Demolition of Vacation Home

May 12--The owner of a patch of Mojave Desert land upon which a small vacation home once stood is suing a wind farm developer that demolished the cabin without authorization. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday, Darlene Dotson and her two sons accused EDP Renewables North America of leveling the home deliberately because Dotson had rebuffed offers to buy her ...
05/12/2015Calif. Ready to Seek Bids for Third High-speed Rail Segment in Kern County

May 12--The California High-Speed Rail Authority is expected to invite contractors to submit bids to design and build the third segment of the proposed bullet-train route through the San Joaquin Valley. The rail board's meeting Tuesday in Sacramento comes only a few days after the State Public Works Board authorized the use of eminent domain to acquire more than a dozen pieces of property for ...
05/11/2015OPINION: A Million Hours and Delta Project Still Not Shovel-ready

May 11--IN SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown says critics of his water tunnel plan who haven't spent 1 million hours studying it -- as his administration has -- should just shut up. Well, that bait is too tempting to resist. First, only a government could spend that much time on a project and not turn a shovel. Second, Brown should be thankful so many people have criticized his proposed fix of ...
05/11/2015Arctic-spanning $700M Fiber-optic Project Moves Ahead in Alaska

May 11--Alaskans are playing a bigger role in an international project that seeks to link Europe and Asia with a fiber-optic cable running along the Arctic Ocean, with anticipated offshoots to remote Alaska communities and the oil-field complex of Prudhoe Bay. But while the Alaska phase of the project remains on track to be completed by the end of next year, the 10,000-mile-long effort ...
05/10/2015Building Developers Must Prove They Have the Water

May 10--State lawmakers intended to prevent building beyond the water supply when they passed two "show-me-the-water" laws in 2001. Senate Bills 221 and 610 require that governments review water supplies before approving developments of 500 or more units and to verify there is sufficient water to meet the project's needs for 20 years, including a multiyear drought. It's hard to know how many ...
05/10/2015Water Main Break in West Hollywood Floods Street

May 10--Even during a historic drought, cracks in Los Angeles' aging infrastructure continue to send too much water gushing to the wrong places. A water main break in the 1200 block of North Formosa Avenue in West Hollywood early Sunday morning flooded an underground parking garage and left more than two dozen customers without service, according to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power ...
05/10/2015Light Rail From LA to Inland Empire on Track

May 10--After two-thirds of a century, light-rail transit could be making a comeback in the Inland Empire, if funding is secured from Los Angeles County. But if everything goes well for supporters and the agency planning the project, it could be another eight years before Inland Empire residents could take a light-rail system to Los Angeles or Pasadena from cities like Montclair or Claremont. ...

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